Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Most of us wouldn't have home computers, or discovered the World Wide Web, without the vision of Steve Jobs. The co-founder of Apple Computers passed away Wednesday at 56 after a 7 year battle with cancer.

Just weeks ago, Jobs stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Apple, turning the job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook, while Jobs was appointed Chairman. Jobs had taken a leave of absence at the beginning of this year to deal with his ongoing struggle with cancer. He'd had a liver transplant just a few years ago, and was undergoing other treatments. In recent years, Apple had introduced the iPod, iPad, and other popular devices that are common in today's society. Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak launched Apple in the late 70's, and Jobs had returned to the company as CEO in 1997, taking the company back to the top of the industry.

Sadly, word has just come down the wire, and, ironically, posted on an iPhone, that the dreaded Westboro Baptist Church has decided to stage a protest at Jobs' funeral, claiming he "didn't give God the glory" and "sold sin". Leave it to those lunatics to use Jobs' passing to extend their 15 minutes of demented infamy. What Jobs did for Apple and its consumers isn't for Rev. Fred Phelps and his flock to judge, but they feel it's up to them, regardless of what anyone thinks to the contrary. Forgive them, then, for they know not what they're doing anymore.

Rest in peace, Steve. God is with you.


magicdog said...

It is a terrible loss!

He's been described as the Thomas Edison and Walt Disney of our time - a genius who who knew how to look ahead.

Not bad for a guy who dropped out of college and decided to dabb le in technology. I just hope Apple can carry on without him.

Crhymethinc said...

Dig deeper into his life. He isn't the shining star everyone makes him out to be. Most of his ideas were stolen from others. Most of the credit given him belongs to his employees.

hobbyfan said...

Crhymethinc: I think that in the comng days, we'll get some of the revelations you referenced. Unfortunately, they'll be splashed on the front page of the lamer supermarket tabloids whose reputations are already questionable.

Magicdog: Apple will carry on without him----at least until Bill Gates makes an offer to absorb it into Microsoft.