"I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:Adam's interest in technology lasted beyond the age of 35, until his death in 2001 of a heart attack at the age of 49. Given his love of technology, it's fitting that Adam's last post on his message board revolved around his excitement over installing a ground breaking piece of software; Mac OS X.
1. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things."
On April 25, 2001 a formerly Mac hating user asked Adams about his thoughts on the newly released operating system. The user had seen a demo that inspired him to buy his first Mac, but wanted the opinion of a long time Mac fan like Adams.
In keeping his enthusiasm for technology, Adams provided a giddy response:
I was going to wait till the summer to install it, but I succumbed and installed it last week. It takes a little getting used to, old habits are hard to reform, and it's not quite finished (what software ever is), and much of the software that's out to run on it is Beta.What strikes me most about his response is that even while installing a software that was by his own admission still a long way from being finished, Adams could only think about the future. He didn't talk about the bugs or problems, all he saw was the promise of what was to come. Even when chatting with fans on his message board, Adams promoted the same love of technology and thirst for the future that drove so many of his books.
I think it's brilliant. I've fallen completely in love with it. And the promise of what's to come once people start developing in Cocoa is awesome...
It's fitting that his final word to fans was a positive view of a still-developing technology.
Thanks to Reddit user danwin for finding this post and posting about it on the Apple Reddit forum .