Without sounding terribly cliche, I guess my blog and all its posts included within, would not exist if it were not for one man….Steven Paul Jobs.
His death on October 4th, 2011 did come as a shock to me even though I knew he was battling cancer. His physical appearance at keynotes he fronted leading up to his death did nothing to hide that fact. Some how I thought that his wealth would allow him access to medicine and procedures that us mere mortals could never afford and he would live on and maybe beat the cancer all together. But as the old saying goes, ‘ money can’t buy you everything ‘ true that!
I must admit that during the 80’s and 90’s I was a Microsoft PC fan boy …although in 1984 we were using Apple 2’s in my computer class storing kb’s of information on 5.25 floppy disks! I thought during that time period that Apple Mac’s were over priced and over hyped.
Then along came the iPod! Man did that blow my mind! I could store all my mp3’s on one device and carry it around with me…….suddenly I thought Steve Jobs was the man….this was a coo for the guy who had only recently taken back the helm at Apple computer after been unceremoniously fired back in 1985.
The iPod was the start of my love affair with all things Apple. I now own a MacBook Pro, an iPad 2 and will more than likely be purchasing my third iPhone , the 4s when it becomes available here in New Zealand.
I recently watched the series ‘Triumph of the nerds’ was pretty much tells the story of the birth of the personal computer and the rivalry between Microsoft and Apple (Gates & Jobs) and all the other companies that were slayed along the way. It was obvious even back in the 70’s how driven Jobs was and how he would not settle for less than perfection.
Apple has now become one of the most wealthiest companies in American history with some saying they have more cash on hand than the American government! All this attributed to the vision of Steve Jobs.
Let’s hope Apple can keep things rocking along without their master & commander……I’ll connect the dots in a few years time and let you know!
Check out the following Wikipedia link to learn more about Steve’s life:
….and watch this 2005 Stanford University Commencement speech from Steve where he talks about three life stories, including his own mortality:
In closing I just want to thank Steven Paul Jobs for supplying me with some of the coolest gadgets I have ever owned over the last ten years or so…..R.I.P Steve…you will be missed mate!