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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

Apple computer's homepage recently changed due to the passing of the much respected and beloved Steven Paul Jobs on October 5, 2011. I, like many others, feel Mr. Job's passing deeply even though I have not purchased any Apple products in recent years. Perhaps the way in which he changed the face of computing, telecommunications, and digital entertainment makes most people feel like they have a personal connection with him even if they have never met him.

My first experience with an Apple product was the IIc, which was a slim-downed version of the original Apple II, and was prescient of today's laptop in terms of it's portability and fold-down briefcase handle on the back. Indeed, I spent many a day of my childhood riding my Huffy bike to friends' houses with the IIc preciously tucked between towels in my school backpack so we could play some of the best games ever created (even by today's standards).

Steve Jobs is what we should all aspire to be as people, as Americans. Like a modern Horatio Algers story, Steve came from nothing and left, in his own words, a "dent in the universe." He refused to settle for anything less but the achievement of his dreams, and vehemently encouraged others to do so as well. I will endeavor to "stay hungry, stay foolish."

Mr. Jobs, you are now in iHeaven. Thank you for your contributions. Rest in Peace.


Max Dunn said...

Nice blog. I have fond memories of the IIe, and especially my first Mac 512. Steve is a great inspiration to us all.

Stepholduser said...

Wait... is this Titanthrop from FLtron?