I'll be the first to admit I'm not a big fan of his products. I've never owned any Apple products, and I can probably count on my hands and feet the number of times I've used Apple products. In fact, it wasn't until about four years ago that I allowed my kids to install iTunes on their laptops or purchase an iPod.
With that said, it's undeniable the impact he leaves on the world of technology. He didn't invent the personal computer, but he helped make it marketable. He didn't invent the mouse, but he saw its potential and drove his development department to incorporate it. In fact, Apple didn't invent the cell phone, the mp3 player, touch screens, or tablets, but almost every household (except mine
That doesn't even take into account that the started, or helped build, three different companies -- Apple, NeXT computers (which was eventually bought by Apple), and a little animation company purchased from George Lucas, called Pixar.
I first heard the name "Jobs" back in college. The computer professor was from Korea, and I thought something had to be getting lost in the translation. "Jobs" for a last name? Ri-i-i-ght....
I first heard of Apple when that same year the college set up a classroom full of Apples (Apple II?). All we could do was stare at them through the narrow window in the door and be amazed at them. They were purchased without any curriculum to go with them. Somehow the image of a horse pushing a cart comes to mind.
Anyway, even a non-Apple bigot like myself can admit that what he did was pretty awesome, and the world has a void in it today - not unlike their logo.
I think this is a spectacular tribute to him.
|From Jonathan Mak|
RIP, Steve Jobs.