Praise for Steve Jobs

Remembering Steve

I know its been a whle since he’s died, but i think that we will always remember him and this is a contribution to him!

Jack Leonard “Thermo-Apps”

As you’ve no doubt heard through various sources—and for many of you, through the very products that he created—Apple founder and all-around technology visionary Steve Jobs has died. According to a statement to his family, Jobs “died peacefully today surrounded by his family,” finally succumbing to a long battle with pancreatic cancer that forced him to undergo a liver transplant in 2009. He was 56, and one of the most powerful men of our lifetime.

That encapsulating Steve Jobs’ impact on the world into just a few paragraphs is pretty much impossible is a testament to just how great and far-reaching that impact was. More than just a designer of personal computers, Jobs was in many ways a designer of modern life. His belief that technology should above all be user-friendly forever changed the methods in which we work, communicate, enjoy our entertainment, and even create our own innovations.

In fact, through his company’s inventions, Jobs redefined the way most of us spend the majority of our waking hours—and if all this sounds like an overstatement or hyperbole, consider the way you’re reading this webpage, or the device you’re accessing it on, or the way the news of Jobs’ death reached you, or the way you’ll share it with someone else. Odds are, all of those things were influenced or even outright shaped by Steve Jobs. And with apologies to those who flinch at sweeping statements, or dislike the conferring of mythic proportions on the mortal, our world would look dramatically different were it not for Jobs’ contributions, or the efforts of his competitors trying (and so often failing) to match them.

Of course, that sort of incredible power can corrupt, and certainly there are detractors who will balk at these kinds of sentiments, many of them the same people who have long accused Apple of creating a cult-like devotion, with Jobs as its self-appointed messiah. And definitely, Jobs was a bit grandiose, frequently speaking of his desire to “change the world” or make “a dent in the universe,” ever since the days when he was just a hotshot hippie kid building circuit boards in his parents’ garage. And yes, over the years, his rallying cry of engendering a “revolution” that would overthrow the technological monopoly of IBM and the like—as encapsulated in Apple’s famous “1984” ad—started to sound slightly ironic, as with each passing day Apple began to seem like the dominant empire, with Jobs even cutting a benevolent yet slightly Bond villain-ish figure in his never-changing black turtleneck.

“Even though I’ve never met him, i have always praised I’m and looked up to him as one of the createst business people and innovator of all time!, I felt a deep personal connection to him and his work that transcends the rational. When I heard the news today, I felt physically ill and terribly sad for his wife and children. I will always be grateful to him and the teams he led that brought us the Mac, the iPod, the iPad, Pixar, iTunes … Quite simply he is my hero.” Jack Leonard C.E.O of Thermo-Apps

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