Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

I spent the afternoon on the river and hadn't glanced at the news. When I checked tonight I saw where Steve Jobs of Apple died today. The news made me sad.
I knew he was in bad shape when he turned over the reigns to Tim Cook back in August. I held out hope that he'd hang on a while longer.
Jobs was a remarkable individual that I think changed the world.
I was late converting to Apple. I'd owned Windows based PC's mostly because they were compatible with my work PC.
But when Apple introduced the iPhone, I was intrigued and bought one.
It was so functional, elegant, easy to use, and took great photographs.
When it came time to replace my last computer, I sprung for an iMac and I've never regretted it. I recently bought an iPad for Jilda.
When Jobs launched iTunes, it was at a time when music piracy was booming. iTunes gave people an opportunity to download music at a reasonable price. It was an alternative to "stealing" music.
The idea struck home and iTunes flourished. Songwriters were happy because they got paid for their work instead of getting ripped off.
Maybe it was a matter of being at the right place at the right time, but I think there was more at work there.
I think there are rare individuals who have vision and manage to see those crazy ideas come to pass.
I think Steve Jobs was one of those individuals, and he will be missed.
RIP Steve.


  1. The world has lost one heck of a guy.

  2. Such an inspiring human being.

    "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."

  3. Anonymous10:20 PM

    A sad day indeed but a life well lived.

  4. A very sad day. Truly an inspirational man.

  5. Anonymous11:12 PM

    Great that you mentioned him.I have seen his speech when he resigned.He sure looked ill there.God bless his soul

  6. He was one man who made a BIG difference in our world. Sad that he couldn't have enjoyed his success into old age.

  7. To leave such a mark on the world is incredible. I enjoyed reading your contribution to Steve, in your love of the Imac and iphone. I too was in same boat. PC all the way until 2 years ago the iMac, then MacBook Pro, and last February the iphone. WOW. Aren't they great!

    Thanks for your comment on my photographs. I will remember the Red Squirrel name because of you. I had not ever seen one before. Little rats they are...

  8. He was for sure an inspiration and very innovative. RIP indeed!

  9. I love the products and the genius of the man. I was saddened when I read some things written about him. It's hard to know fact from fiction when reading online...but it says he was not honest with Steve Wozniak at first when they were to split a payment from Atari. He was given a check for $5,000.00 and told Wozniak they only earned $700.00, and gave Wozniak a ck for $350.00. I got the impression he may have later paid up. I just was saddened by that lack of integrity and the fact he had an illegitimate daughter he denied fathering until later. Said he was sterile and that was not true. So yeng and yang good and bad. He was certainly a creative genius and I love my Macbook, Ipod etc. We did lose a very talented man...

  10. Steve Jobs was a true innovator - a fabulous visionary and such great products too!!! Take care

  11. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Steve Jobs was a genius! And as a former Apple employee I felt very sad today when I heard the news :(

  12. Odszedł wspaniały człowiek, dla internałtów to wielki smutek.

  13. A visionary indeed and a sad day for the world. Nice post Rick.

  14. He certainly changed our world.


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