It’s hard to say good-bye to someone you love. Someone who has helped you along life’s journey. Geepers may not be a person, but PowerMac G4 helped me along life’s journey.
Twice a year the city of El Cerrito holds a free electronic waste recycling event. I took my nearly 8 year old graphite PowerMac G4, Geepers, to the El Cerrito DMV to be recycled. I watched with sadness in my heart as the worker put Geepers on the stack. He joined the hundreds of other computers on a wooden palette. Reluctantly, I drove away–wishing that I had saved some part.
When I first moved into Berkeley, for many days, Geepers was my only companion. My wife Jill still lived in New Jersey and didn’t join me for over four months. Alone in my apartment, I lived in the glow of Geeper’s screen. I programmed the code for Blue Rivers, played War Craft, and sent out my resume to countless companies. Thoughts, ideas and images that didn’t previously exist, suddenly came into the world because of the magic of Geepers. Geepers helped me along the way with numerous tasks and firsts:
- Installed Mac OS X for the first time
- Taught myself Perl
- Taught myself MySQL
- Traveled on a plane from New Jersey to California
- Developed lesson plans for teaching a course on HTML
- Designed the first marketing material for ArcSource
- Created newsletters
- Drew illustrations
- Captured digital photos
- Sent thousands of emails
Essentially, Geepers helped me to build a career, develop my life and connect to other people. Thanks Geepers. And good-bye.