Oct 05 2011
Where can I start? Steve Jobs just passed away tonight and most of us, including myself, can probably claim we saw this coming. I for one am still in shock and a little shaken by the news. I am not really qualified to summarize his life and how he affected the world. I can just say how he affected my world. I grew up with Apple computers, as did many people my age. All the school computers were Apple II’s and later Macintoshes . The first time I learned to program was on my Apple IIc, albeit only simple scripting. I loved it. Who would have thought a little grade school boy would enjoy typing some lines of text and making things out of nothing. Well, I made a career out of it and it all started with a little beige box and some green text. That is one of the things that Steve Jobs was incredible at, making technology accessible to everyone and I love that. It comes across in everything that Apple has done with Steve at the helm. They make products that are driven by their passion to create and not by profit. The thing that I admire most about Steve is that he always had a vision of what he wanted and went after it with everything he had. You have to respect the man for that.
I think I have said what I needed to say here and I will leave you with one of many great quotes by Steve Jobs. This is one we should all listen to.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.