In Memoriam: Steve Jobs

The man behind the latest, most sophisticated gadgets, and the whole Apple Computers empire, passed away yesterday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Wow. I don’t even know where to start on Steve Jobs. The man was a technical legend. Where the name Bill Gates will be inseparable from the image of Windows, Steve Jobs’s name is impossible to separate from the symbol of an apple with a bite out of its side, and all the products that said symbol graces. The Macintosh machinery that ranges from the boxy iMac of the olden days to the now-sleek Macbook Pro, the Dock user menu, the first iPod with the click-wheel and monochrome backlit screen…the list goes on. He truly had the Midas touch: whatever he turned out was golden.

Think about it. He came out with a concept, some time ago, about paying per mp3 download. This was after the brouhaha with the Napster lawsuit, and right about in the middle of the RIAA piracy lawsuits (you may want to correct me on time, cannot be certain). And people laughed at it. What did Steve Jobs do? Shrugged and did it anyway.

You may know this concept as iTunes. And it has revolutionized the music world as we know it.

The list goes on. Touch-screen tech, adapted to a miniature  – iPhone, iPod touch. And, of course, who can forget the iPad? Still fairly recent, but it definitely redefines how you see mobile devices. And the Mac OS had continued to improve through time, into what is (arguably) one of the most user-friendly interfaces you can think of.

Mac OS… Damn. What a way this has come. I remember, when I was still in high school, I once worked on the Macs in the media arts room. They were old as dirt. They crashed about twice on a day. Buggy, boxy, old machines, which I grew to loathe…for a while, anyway, until I caved and got a Powerbook for my design. And I thought at the time, eh, it won’t hold a candle to my Dell in Photoshop. And wouldn’t you know it… It outstripped my Dell in that aspect. Same specs, different ball game altogether.

And to think: people thought Jobs was nuts. They scoff at his ideas and say, “He’s crazy. It’ll never work!” And it more than worked; it continued to turn the tech field into something incredible.

Steve Jobs was the round peg in a square hole, the odd guy out, and over the past twenty years, he changed the world. He didn’t give a whit and a half for anyone’s opinion of him, not did he care for naysayers. He went out into the world and said, “This is what I can do, take it or leave it!” And the world took his innovations with open arms.

He said many inspiring things, and the one that stands out to me the most is, “Because people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are ones who do.”

He changed it for all of us. And there are footsteps to follow for the next crazy kid with a great idea who needs little more than a chance.

…and it feels so strange to say “Steve Jobs was” as opposed to “Steve Jobs is“. It’s still a disconnect.

Gone, but never forgotten.

K.G.

minor edit: Jobs had passed from pancreatic cancer, not liver. Thanks to Hannah for referring me to new source. Apologies.

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4 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Steve Jobs

    1. Thanks, Werner. I’m just…I wouldn’t quite say in a shock; I knew he was dying for some time. Just that if someone’s inventions and impact are quite literally everywhere you turn, a person gets the momentary impression that they will be around forever. And in a very techie and surreal way, he is.

      1. I was definitely in shock, when the news broke. And the impact he had on how we use hi-tech is huge, agreed. After some days of processing his death and a bunch of articles on his passing as well as reflections on his career, I’m less optimistic as to the amount of time it will take that his spirit and the way he ran things is going to be present at Apple. Quite frankly – the fact that the world didn’t get to see an iPhone 5 last Thursday is a clear indication to me that things have already changed within and for Apple… sorry… hope, that doesn’t sound disrespectful.

      2. Eh, it’s the truth. Steve Jobs put Apple onto the main stage of hi-tech and kept it there. It’s quite likely that he held Apple together almost singlehandedly through the tech-reinvention of the past 15-20 years.

        Let’s watch and see what happens. I do know this: I’m investing in a Macbook Pro next year. If said Macbook will be of a lesser quality than the prior editions, that’s how we know…

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