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Saturday
Oct082011

Farewell Steve

It’s been a couple of days now, and every person in technology has already given their thanks, and said their goodbyes to the late Steve Jobs. For me it came as a shock, and it was my dad who called me and told me the news. I never thought you could experience loss, and mourn someone you’ve never met before. That’s the awesome truth about Steve, whether you knew him or not he had a way of touching your life. It could be something as simple as pitching a product, or giving a commencement speech he just had that presence about him, and when he would come walking across that stage you knew we were going to hear something awesome even if it wasn’t he could make it sound awesome.

Growing up I never paid much attention to Apple, I was more focused on video games, homework and working on my PC. I was aware of the Mac, I had to use them in school, and my very first computer ever was an Apple II. To continue though, it was in the late ‘90s that I began to notice Apple making big changes with the introduction of the iMac, which did away with the floppy drive. People thought that was a stupid move, but I like to think Steve knew what he was doing.

Just as today the Mac mini comes with no optical drive, those devices are becoming obsolete, and many people don’t understand that. Gradually we are moving towards the cloud, and Steve saw that. I regret that I did not have the privilege of meeting this extraordinary man. I’d like to think I would have gotten a handshake or at least a sales pitch.

My point is that whether you liked him or not Steve has had an impact in all of our lives. Look at your devices, whether you use Windows Phone or an Android phone, neither would exist without the iPhone. This is the same for tablets, the iPad wasn’t first, but was the best. Apple succeeded where others had failed. After a decade of sinking to the bottom, Apple leapt back up to the top with Steve Jobs at its helm.

There’s not much more I can say about Steve that hasn’t already been said. We’ve lost a visionary, and a great human being. My heart goes out to his family, and as they grieve so do we, for the man that revolutionized our world. Thank you Steve, for everything, but most of all thank you for being you. Thank you for your inspiration, you will be missed.

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