Wednesday, October 5, 2011

To Infinity and Beyond

RIP, dude.


Jenny said...

I cried when I heard the news. A very, very sad day. He's our modern day Edison, Wright Brother, Alexander Graham Bell. He changed the world and he's gone.

God Speed Steve Jobs. Thank you for hanging on until after they announced the Iphone 4.

P.S. You never would have let that happen.

Thanks, Moi.


Pam said...

Was watching a bit about him tonight -- when he hired the Pepsi guy as president ... asked him if he wanted to make sugar water the rest of his life or to come with him and change the world. Which he did. I wonder who our next person of vision will be.

chickory said...

when I consider how much of my artistic livelihood i owe to Jobs, its astonishing. WIth out my Mac and the internet I could not live where I do and do what I do. Right now, My primary job is making tourism videos. WHich i do with imovie -a consumer level program good enough to create a decent video. The mac is king because of its elegant design. PC's are ridiculously complex and have an ugly interface. I cant believe people put up with all those stupid warning windows. C drive? AYFKM?

Im worried a bit about the future of Apple without him. You can follow a game plan with management. but a visionary cannot be replace.


moi said...

Boxer: I got pretty teary, too. In fact, I haven't been this upset about the death of a public figure since Kurt Cobain.

Pam: The world is in short supply of people with vision, that's for sure. A great loss.

Chickory: I was languishing as an ambulance chaser's Girl Friday when Steve Jobs debuted his Mac Plus, the first step in what would become the desktop publishing revolution. A former boss purchased the computer and software and asked if I'd like to learn how to use it. Thank God. Working for lawyers sucks.

czar said...

A genius, no doubt.

What's interesting to me is the intense personal connection that many people feel to Jobs; it's worthy of a few PhD theses from many different angles. People wouldn't feel a fraction of the emotion were Gates, Bezos, Zuckerburg, or those two guys from Google to die this afternoon -- and a pretty good case could be made that any of them had or are having a similar impact.

On bringing desktop publishing to the masses, I've got a list of pros and cons a mile long on both sides. Great for quantity; hell on quality.

moi said...

Czar: To your last statement: no doubt. But if the masses are to have access we have to put up with the resulting occasional ass-hat-edness.

chickory said...

egalitarianism eventually sorts itself out. universal access is a beautiful thing - what is left is discernment, and that is on the consumer.

czar said...

Great statements, both. Chickory, that's beautifully put.