What can you say about a man who’s life’s work has led him to be viewed as one of the foremost businessmen, inventors and innovators of the past century? I really don’t know, other than to repeat what everyone else has said already: that he was a titan of high-tech, busines acumen, and that he will be missed. Yes, it was only a few months ago that Jobs announced he’d be stepping down from his post because of an ongoing battle with cancer. And, much like Jack Layton, he departed this world shortly thereafter. And at the still-tender age of 56 no less.
Quite sad, but it reminds us just how precious life really is. The candle that burns half as long burns twice as bright.
I know very little about what he did in life, but I do know that, thanks to him, the world of personal computers and consumer electronics has forever been revolutionized. As one of the three founders, Jobs helped to invent the PC, which in and of itself changed the way the public and private sector does business. One can scarcely imagine an office environment without a personal computer, and today, one can scarcely imagine people going about their business without the help of an iPhone or PDA.
And in addition to bringing Apple to the world, he helped bring it back after years of being marginalized by their biggest competitor, Microsoft. Ultimately, he and his colleagues pushed back against the tide of monopolization that Gates unleashed with the policy that all hardware, software, and accessories should be designed by the same people and built to be compatible. And I don’t need to tell people how successful they were, do I? After a few years of being the underdogs, Apple turned things around and became the guys who’s stuff worked for a change! And with the Vista fiasco and the dominace of the iPod and iPhone (can anyone rememnber the name the Microsoft’s equivalent? Me neither!), it seems like the tables have turned.
Still, can’t help but wonder what Apple will do now. I guess I’m in the majority in that respect because every article and news story I’ve read on the subject so far seems to be tacitly asking this question. Sure, they’ll carry on, as always, but I think it will be many years before another person as innovative and brilliant as Jobs comes along.
P.S. I can recall a few years back when Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch were talking about creating an iPhone app for Newcorps, FoxNews’ flagship and Murdoch’s big weapon in his war on journalism. I’m hopeful that Murdoch’s current legal troubles torpedoed that, because, trust me Apple, you don’t want to get involved with that charlatan!