Remembering Steve Jobs – Making Us Proud to “Think Different”

Apple’s home page on October 5, 2011

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I remember being an Art Major in 1986, looking at a Macintosh and wondering “how do I use this?” I was certain I would never use a computer. I didn’t want to. Flash forward 10 years and I am looking at a colourful, inviting desktop and wondering “where’s the C:/ drive?” Laughing like crazy when someone shows me how to make the Big Electric Cat belch. 

Skip ahead six more years and I’m posting an update to our website as I headed out the door to deliver our first child, and timing contractions two years after that for my second on the internet, at some stopwatch site I’d Googled.

I’ve been working mostly on Macs since 1996 and they have widened my horizons. When his grandmother first got an iMac, James found PhotoBooth and all the special features,taking pictures  almost immediately. He was 5. I use iTunes for music, watching movie trailers with my husband as a mini date night, and can easily create custom CD mixes for my daughter, who needs her special songs to lull her to sleep. Hello Skype for all our long-distance relatives!

We’ve seen every Pixar movie made, and love them all.

What would our world have been like, without Steve Jobs?

Rest in Peace, Steve. You have lived a real life and changed the world. And made many of us proud to “Think Different,” even before some of us heard about Special Needs for our children.


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  1. True, he did not invent/create any of this – his
    real genius was that he saw the future – he saw how something that Xerox
    PARC had created was the future of computing, and that did change our
    world and made the PCs a must-have for millions. And how could the
    internet have ever taken off without a GUI and the PC? He created
    markets where none or very small one’s existed – the iPod, iPhone and iPad are all examples.

    True, none of these were new ideas or even new devices. Credit
    should certainly be given to those who invented these devices. However,
    there are thousands of inventions made around the world all the time –
    it takes vision to look at something which no one has ever seen and go – this is the future!
    And then follow through on that with a great creation. That was Steve
    Jobs’ genius, IMHO.

    Also, why are people emotional after his death?
    I am surprised at myself for being so downcast for the last 3 days. I
    believe it was his heartfelt passion and the emotion that went into the
    creation of Apple’s devices, which somehow got through to us. He wasn’t
    just another CEO running after more bonuses. That’s why millions were
    crazy for his creations and millions mourn over his passing.

    Look for ‘Steve Jobs Documentary 2010’ on youtube. 

  2. You make it sound like he invented computers and the internet.  Can we please be clear he did not?

    Hell, he didn’t create any of this.  Online music distribution?  Nope.  Photo-editing software?  Not a chance.  Skype?  Not even developed by Apple.  But yeah, where would our world be without Pixar movies?

    If you think he was so tremendous for popularizing these things, then you must think advertising agencies are more important than the products and media they represent.

    The world has been changed by personal computers – PCs.  Hate to burst your bubble, but Macs are PCs.  The difference is minor, one of branding.  They are not unique, and are themselves not revolutionary.  Even tablets and pads are just extensions on this idea, sporting nothing but a new interface, which if you think about it is itself just a logical evolution of a computer mouse.

    Steve Jobs’ significance is exaggerated to ridiculous extremes, as if we all lost a dear, old family member.  He was an executive, a celebrity, a salesman.  You did not know him.

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