Thursday, October 6, 2011

End of an Era

Yesterday we lost an entreprenurial genius, and a tech-geek legend. 

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 ) has at least one iPhone, iPod or iPad.  (OK, so my son has an iPod, and my wife won an iShuffle).

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.


  1. I love the clip art. I've seen it several times today and each time it really touches me when I think of the impact he had on creating things our world...not just that he created them, but that they became our "normal."

    I can totally relate about the products too. Not an apple fan, but a HUGE Pixar fan.

  2. I'm so in love with my iPhone and Molly's iPad I should probably be embarrassed. everyone else in my family are proud users of Macbooks but I prefer my crappy Gateway laptop. We have 3 carts of iTouchs at school and a Macbook cart (which we affectionately call the Apple Cart to differentiate between the other laptop cart. Or perhaps not so affectionately cause it can be quite upsetting--haha--get the pun!). Guess what--no one has the slightest idea of what to do with them. I'm trying to learn but network restrictions cause problems. So...again, the proverbial Apple Cart before the horse.

  3. I think they might be cool to own. You'd think someone who's interested in mixing music would only own Macs. I just can't bring myself to buy an overpriced item that one doesn't totally own, as in can't use it for anything or install anything desired on it. Case in point, native Flash on the iPad.
    And I really shake my head at the sheeple like the one I read about who bought an iShuffle "as a memorial."