To an operating system which served me well.
When I began to learn how to use a computer, you were the first ever operating system I used. Windows 8 was out back then, but due to its redesign and getting too much into the hype of touchscreen, it didn’t play nicely with the screen readers. Even if I could learn to use a touch device, the productivity wouldn’t be the same.
Anyway, I learned computer through you. I spent hours to practice the typing, because keyboard is important for a blind user, as it is the only way for controlling a computer available for the person like me. then, I learned to use office, starting with 2003. How far I have come since then.
Though admittedly, it wasn’t the best-looking office version, personally I really liked how fast it opened, and how accessible and simple it was compared to the current products. Then, slowly, I stepped into the world of internet. at that time, things were simple, paywalls were rare, and the tech companies enjoyed much better reputation. I spent hours on YouTube, watching the videos of the games which I couldn’t play because of my blindness, watching completionist, dreaming that maybe I could start a show like that in the future.
needless to say, it hasn’t panned out the way I hoped.
anyway, then I discovered fanfiction, something which just gave me a new way of seeing things. For the first time, through the words, I could paint a picture of a scene in my head. Then I discovered electronic books, though it was after I replaced you. still, you played a huge role for my discovering all this new stuff, something which I never thought I would have access to.
it is true that I like video games, even though I do not get the same level of enjoyment out of them as a sighted person. But when I discovered emulators, I was happy. I get to play the games which were released more than 20 years ago, (In some cases, 30 years ago!) and through cheat codes, I enjoyed them, as much as I could. Truly that was a magical time. Nothing appeared to be out of reach for me.
even in the education, you came handy. I used to take notes on office, 2010 this time. as a result, I quickly developed my speed of typing, something which continues to serve me well to this day, and I suspect it will continue to serve me for a long time to come.
Having said that, there were some times where I cursed you until I was blue on the face. Specifically, when you just stopped taking input either through a mouse or keyboard, and a spinning circle would appear, and I couldn’t do anything other than press the power button, and take the system to a shop, to format it, only the problem to repeat 6 months later. the fact that a lot of the software slowly stopped working with you was another headache for me, which was one of the leading causes for me to get a new system.
but for however the things worked out between us, you were still my first operating system, and you will have a special place in my heart, flaws and all. And I do hope you’re doing fine, wherever you are.