First, there was the black screen with a “C” prompt. That was the PC I used to learn the Wordstar program in 1984. Two years later, I bought my first Mac. Suddenly I was looking at a screen where graphics and blocks of text could be easily seen and moved around—and soon I was making newsletters, calendars, and fooling around with sound programs. Even in the days before the web, Facebook, or Twitter, I was on my computer every day; it was easy and fun. Eventually, all PCs were employing a graphical interface (more or less), but I am not the only one giving Apple and Steve Jobs the credit.
If publishing our images and thoughts on gardening wasn’t easy, none of us would do it. We’d be too busy working, raising a family, gardening, traveling hanging out with friends, or any of the other life-related activities. But it is easy. You point, you click, you upload a picture, you type a few words, and you can see what it looks like right away.
Many of the gardeners I know locally struggle with technology. Even here, I remember the initial reluctance about Twitter and Facebook. Now, I think many people who would have spent their time reading and commenting on blogs are switching to the faster, easier communications those networks make possible. It’s a natural progression.
But whatever happens, it’s all so much better than that black screen. So—even though I neither know nor care if he was a gardener—I’m thanking Steve J.