Daily Archives: October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs: Co-Inventor of the 21st Century

Mac.  Personal Computing.  What you see is what you get interface.  iPod.  iPhone.  iTunes.  Pixar.  Apple.

There are few people in the modern world who go through a single day and do not touch something that was influenced by Steve Jobs.  The man was listed as inventor or co-inventor on 388 patents and the guy was the one who helped give us the first WYSIWYG operation system that we all use today.  Even the most anti-Mac person in the world probably deals with something Jobs helped create every day.

I will say nothing that no one else hasn’t said already, but a man who affected the world this profoundly cannot be ignored if I wish to keep even a pretense of discussing current events.

Obituaries are not really my thing, so I won’t be long.    Steve Jobs was not perfect, but there are few people like him at any point in history who have changed the world as much as he did.

He embodied the best that America has to offer.  Ingenuity, determination, ambition, and drive.  For whatever his faults, and they were famous, I think it’s hard to argue he has not had a profound, and I would argue mainly positive effect on the world.  (Yes I am typing this on a Mac, why do you ask?)

And you’ve probably seen this somewhere else, but just in case you haven’t, what someone’s enemies have to say about them, especially when it’s positive, often has as much if not more to say about them then what their friends say.  So I leave you with Bill Gates words on the passing of Steve Jobs.

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

I would say rest in peace, but as Jobs was a Buddhist, I think wishing him an easy journey through the afterlife and good rebirth would be more appropriate.

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