The Thinker

Steven Paul Jobs 1955 -2011

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”  ~ Steve Jobs

I don’t own an I-Pad, an I-Phone or download music from I-Tunes.  I don’t even own a Mac.

The first computer I ever had was a Mac given to me by my brother and if way very cool.   Then along came this thing called Windows and then I didn’t love my Mac as much.  If Jobs was a Mac, I was a PC and that was how I’ve been ever since..

I liked Macs just fine.  If I was in a computer store I’d always look at them, touch them and play with them  On our last trip to New York City the hotel had two Macs in the lobby and when we weren’t on the street, we were in front of the Macs.  They’re real pretty,  well made sexy beasts that don’t just look good, they perform.and posses a touch of artistry in their mechanical souls.  Macs aren’t as affordable or accessible as a PC, but Apple’s plan for domination was always based on style with substance, not the largest market share..

What I do know for sure is this–this thing that I do here—writing on a computer sharing my thoughts with people I do not know—this does not happen without a Steve Jobs.  If Steve Wozniak was the heart of Apple, Jobs was its soul and certainly its brain.

Jobs put a human face on computing.  More than a pitchman, he made it seem entirely plausible if your ambitions are as big as your dreams, there is nothing you can’t do when you set your heart to achieving it.

This is what an innovator, an entrepreneur and an a futurist does.   As Einstein said, “I have no special talent.  I am only passionately curious.”  Jobs never lost his passion up to the point when pancreatic cancer stilled it and robbed the world of a brilliant visionary.

I don’t know if Steve Jobs was a good man.  He certainly was a smart man and without a doubt one of the leading thinkers and entrepreneurs of the last century and the start of the next one

Apple also flung some absolute crap at the wall (anyone remember Newton or the Performa?), but made far more hi-tech toys customers couldn’t live without.   That’s the art of the skilled salesman at work..  It’s not about selling one “gotta have it” once.  It’s about selling a lot of “gotta have it” several times over..

Steve Jobs (and friend)

Few people can say they changed they world.  Not in a hypothetical sense, and not just nudged it slightly but actually changed the whole damned world.  Let’s not soft soap it:  Jobs was a competitor, a hard-nosed business person who took no prisoners and wasn’t concerned about making enemies.   What of it?  Every creative mind encounters opposition from other minds.  Some equally creative and others merely jealous.

To be great does not mean being universally loved.  You can be loved or you can be great.  It isn’t always an option to be both, but who could deny Steve Jobs was great at what he did?

He didn’t create personal computing or the Internet or Facebook or Google or Twitter or smart phones or downloading music or a lot of things essential to our wireless world. There are six degrees of separation between what Jobs and Apple dreamed into reality and what we now can’t imagine our lives being without.

Jobs didn’t just make the world a better place.  He made it a smarter place and more fun.

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011.  He thought different.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs

One thought on “The Thinker

  1. I still have my Newton (but since it never received a Y2K patch it doesn’t work that well anymore) and the first computer that I gave you WAS a Macintosh Performa (so I really don’t understand the comment about it being crap – didn’t you also say that it was “way cool”?). I’ve owned over a dozen Macs and just as many PCs. They are both excellent platforms but the genius (and the curse) of the Mac was it became the machine that all the cool kids used. You paid a premium for the privilege of using a Mac and many users quickly fell victim of “the Cult of the Mac”. Steve Jobs was probably one of the most influential people to ever drive a company – he had his failures, but nobody can deny what his impact to the industry and the world was. It’s hard to imagine what life would be without the computer industry that Steve was part of creating. Products like iPhone, iPod, iPad came to dominate the smart phone, media player and tablet markets.

    When Steve Jobs returned to Apple (after being ousted from the company he founded in a powerplay and then forming NeXT) he introduced the world to the original iMac, a personal computer built around the internet. Then he followed up with the introduction of the iPod, then iTunes, then the iTunes store. This enabled Apple to come to dominate the music business (and effectively kill off the CD business). Then he followed it with the iPhone and now the iPad – devices which became the benchmark by which ALL other contenders would be measured by.

    I respected Steve Jobs and I’m saddened by his passing – he left us far too soon and we can only marvel at what he accomplished and what his legacy is.


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