I read a great comment written by a guy from Melbourne who said:
“For those above who question the fawning (about Steve Jobs death), please consider the following. And to put some perspective, I have deep roots in the IT industry over 20 years, do not like Apple as a company, their products nor their marketing and manufacturing policies.
However, I am saddened by the death of Steve Jobs. Not because of the products or company he created, but because of what he helped lead the IT industry to accomplish.
- Jobs and Wozniak put affordable computers on people’s desks (Apple II & Macintosh).
- Jobs and Gates brought accessible operating systems to the masses (Windows and MacOS).
- Jobs and Xerox came up with small desktop printers (LaserWriter).
- Jobs company NeXT provided the computers so that Berners-Lee could invent the world wide web (Internet as we now know it).
- Jobs pioneered plug ‘n play so that peripherals “just work”.
- Jobs brought the music and communications industries into the 21st century through devices and software for the masses which made things easy for you (iTunes and iOS).
So next time you wonder why Jobs is hailed as an IT genius and an IT God, take a good look at your desktop computer, laptop, handheld device, tablet, music library, mobile phone, the internet and remember……. without Jobs, none of that would’ve happened.”
There is also a wonderful tribute at Wired.
And his address to Stanford University graduates is a must-see.
Rest in peace, Steve Jobs.
Visionary. Change Agent. Product Genius. Sadly Missed.
(This post created on my MacBook Pro.)