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.
Today marks the end of an era not only for the Apple community, but for the tech industry as a whole with the resignation of Steve Jobs as the CEO of Apple. Whether you liked the man or not, you cannot deny that he changed the landscape. He pushed Apple to where it is now and spurred the rest of the industry to compete which, in the end, created better products for us, the consumers. Here is an excerpt from Steve Job’s letter:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I know the internet will be saturated with everyone’s sadness, disbelief, disinterest, relief, everything, and I know I am adding to the noise. Yet, I still want to state my own brief perspective on the situation. Steve Jobs, in my mind, is a business ninja and someone any entrepreneur can look up to. He always sticks to his goals and does what is necessary to accomplish them.
I’m a tech geek who has loved using Apple products for a long time. My first computer was an Apple IIc and I am typing this up right now on my MacBook Pro. That being said, I am not writing this because I am an Apple fanboy. I honestly do not consider myself to be one. I have no issues being vocal about decisions Apple has made under Jobs lead that I disagree with and have done so. I am writing this because I respect the man and what he has accomplished in his career. I only hope others with similar drive and vision will step up.
I will leave you with this video. This is probably one of his most famous speeches and many of you have likely seen it before. What he says here really translates with what he has accomplished at Apple.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
I know you all are excited. I am too. Today, Steve Jobs will take the stage at the Apple event and reveal the shiny, new MacBook line. I love Apple, but part of their marketing strategy is exactly what the car industry does. Every year they come out with a cooler looking model. Even though your recently purchased MacBook or iPod is still perfectly fine, it starts to look outdated compared to the new model.
But people, please don’t push aside your current MacBooks and gawk at the new kid in town. Your MacBook has been there for you. Every time you wanted to do some work at a coffeeshop, your MacBook was there. Every time your flight is delayed and you don’t want crack open one of those book things, your MacBook was there. Every time you go to a family function and need to pretend you have important work to avoid talking to your drunk uncle, your MacBook was there.
So please people, when the Jobs is up there showing off the new MacBooks with his cool looking slides and “BOOMS”, I want you to remember the loving laptop that’s been there for you all those time.
Yes there is another Apple event tomorrow, the 9th at 12pm Central. It’s obviously going to be iPod centric. There’s no question about that. The rumor mill has been hard at work for weeks. I personally do not think there will be any major surprises. But then again, I tend to underwhelmed by almost every keynote. Out of all the rumors out there, these are what I think are most likely. Continue Reading »
Steve Jobs will once again give a keynote tomorrow at WWDC. I’m usually very excited about this, but for some odd reason I’m not this year. Maybe it’s because I already know that the 3G iPhone is going to be the main topic. It’s cool that it is, but I’m still waiting to see the first batch of Android phones. I don’t care if Jobs says “BOOM” a million times. I’m not running out to buy it tomorrow if it’s available. I guess I’ll just watch what happens without any expectations like every other time.