Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs (1955–2011)

From the Los Angeles Times:

Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56.

Apple announced the death of Jobs — whose legacy included the Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” Apple said. “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

Steve Jobs dies; Apple’s co-founder transformed computers and culture (Los Angeles Times)
A good way to remember Steve Jobs: read the prepared text of the commencement address he gave at Stanford University in 2005. The address is made of three stories: about trust, work, and mortality.

comments: 4

Elaine said...

What I thought was saddest: when the announcement broke in, there was barely a mention of Jobs' wife and children and what they must be feeling. This is merely a sad loss for Apple, but devastating for his loved ones.

Michael Leddy said...

Yes. I think it’s partly because he was such a private person. Apple’s statement doesn’t even mention his children by name. His Wikipedia article names only one of his four children, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

normann said...

On my Facebook wall I linked to the following article in the Financial Times:

accompanied by the following:

Back in 1977, the same year the two Steves came out with the Apple II, I recall my CS 102 professor (computer science for architects, WATFIV (a flavor of FORTRAN that allows expressions in output lists), FORTRAN IV Level C and still more FORTRAN, Calcomp plotter, oh, and did I forget to mention FORTRAN?) telling us that we would have desktop computers with drafting software. I've got the desktop computer and two flat-panel displays, and my architect brother-in-law does in fact have CAD software on his machine. We sometimes forget that we are living in the future that some people actually managed to predict.

I seem to recall that you had an Apple IIc in your office at some point.

Michael Leddy said...

I had an Apple II clone in my office, a Laser 128. At home, yes, a //c. I used it well into the 1990s.

The article is a good one: to get it without registering, do a Google search for "A disruptive digital visionary." The search opens the article, no registration required.