Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In Memoriam: Steve Jobs

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. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About 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 people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Apple Inc.

I remember the first time I sat down in front of a computer that wasn't in my school computer lab.  I sat there, perplexed as I looked desperately for the Apple key.

I was part of the first generation of school children to have a computer lab in our school. Thanks to the generosity (and marketing genius) of Jobs/Apple, many kids in the mid-eighties grew up learning how to compute using an Apple computer. My father was an IBM  programmer at the time, but the lack of affordable home computer options meant that his oldest daughter would do her first word processing, Print Shopping and ascii art (and later layout the high-school newspaper) on the competition's equipment.

I'm not a big Apple fan today - I tend to lean more towards open source options - but Job's affect on technology development isn't lost on me.

I hope his family is able to find a small comfort in the fact that Jobs' innovations are part of most Americans'  daily lives.  He made a huge mark in this world and will live on in a way that few of us ever will.

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