This Is Hitchhiker’s Guide Author Douglas Adams’ Lost Love Letter To OS X

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42. Thanks for all the fish. Milliway’s. Famed author Douglas Adams is known for many things, including his legendary Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series. But did you know Adams was not only a die-hard Apple fan, but the last message he ever posted online was essentially a love letter to OS X?

On April 25, 2001, Douglas Adams posted his last message on his own private forum, responding to a user who wanted to know what he thought about OS X compared to OS 9. Adams’ 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.

But…

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…

Over at TUAW, who dug up Adams’ post, writer John-Michael Bond has some touching thoughts about this quote: “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.”

Well said.

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  • patrickahles

    47?

    Maybe you should read the book, before you write about it…

  • patrickahles

    47?

    Maybe you should read the book, before you write about it…

    You’re welcome, John!

  • RobGcf

    It’s a damn shame he died… he should still be around, writing more crazy stuff!!

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