For decades I have made a living as a publisher, journalist, author, photographer, web designer and blogger.

At the heart of all these ventures for the last quarter of a century were my Macintosh computers — starting with the Mac Plus in 1986 with its 8Mhz processor, 800Kb floppy drive and tiny mono screen.

Over the years many iconic Macs came and went through my small enterprises and all played a major role. They made the ventures viable and profitable, and were always a joy to use.

Today, they are still essential tools as I travel full-time across Australia. They include the MacBook Air, a stunning lightweight powerhouse, the iPad 2 (a wonderful machine for web browsing, reading, email, and a multitude of other tasks made possible by magical apps), and my iPhone 3GS — a miniature computer with more power than the computers that sent man to the moon.

The genius who made them possible was Steve Jobs, the enigmatic CEO of Apple who sadly died this week at the young age of 56.

The wonderful products he inspired were more than technical marvels of the computer age — they were magical for their users, powerful creative tools … agents of change.

In Steve’s own words:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

And a prescient quote from his famous commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.

It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

The logo silhouette of Steve Jobs was created by Jonathan Mak, 19, a Hong Kong student.

Having recently celebrated two years of life on the road its time to sum up the journey so far.

The short version: I wish I had launched this adventure at least 10 years ago.

The long version: It would have been a lot harder to do back then considering the need to work and the available technologies of a decade ago. It would also have been a lot more expensive to get started.

But let’s not dwell on that. Here’s why it is working for me now, and for many hundreds of other full-time travellers across Australia.

Let’s perversely start with some of the negatives.

… converted in Japan into a mobile bordello …

The vehicle I live in, a 1985 Toyota Coaster bus, converted in Japan into a mobile bordello (Too true and a story for another time) has a second floor — the ‘penthouse’ — which adds another dimension when its popup roof is extended.

After its raucous beginnings it was exported to Australia as a motorhome, but spent most of its time in a paddock as temporary accommodation for visitors.

[Read on …]

After another round of visits to the dentist (big, big, ouch financially) and doctor, I finally managed to escape the city in preparation for a visit to a very special place on the Tasman Peninsula.

Here’s tonight’s office view where I’m parked on the edge of a 12-metre cliff which is just beyond the fence overlooking Dunalley Bay.

Tomorrow I head on down to Windgrove, an artist’s retreat above Roaring Beach.

A great office view and hard to believe I am camped barely two hundred metres from the heart of this lovely little town with a decidedly old-fashioned feel.

The ‘shopping centre’ is a mixture of typical small-town one-storey businesses, and a disproportionate number of coffee shops [all good I say].

After the frenetic tourist trap atmosphere of gaudy Lakes Entrance, Paynesville is a pleasant change.