Re: Steve Jobs, 19552011
- We're all gonna miss him.
We've been using Apple computers ever since I was born. I still remember playing kids games all the time on our old Performa Computer. Now I'm using a high-quality iMac. How his work has evolved!
A great innovator.
--- In email@example.com, "Thomas J. Rostafinski, Ph.D." <TJRostaf@...> wrote:
> > What would personal computers (not just Apple) be like without his
> > contributions? Would there even be a GUI? Xerox invented it, but it
> > took others, including Jobs, to realize its potential.
> > It's of course true that someone else would have invented the
> > telegraph, the light bulb and the telephone, had Morse, Edison and
> > Bell not done so. The difference, though, between these and the
> > iPhone is that the latter is such a good realization of the tool.
> > Quality of interface is not something a committee can do. Vision and
> > intuitiveness are words often used to describe Jobs. Today's world
> > would be a different place without the effects of those qualities.
> > R.I.P. Steve.
> Thank you for the tribute, John.
> The Washington Post's Hank Stuever wrote some poignant words about Steve
> and the passage of time in an article titled "Steve Jobs and the idea of
> letting go":
> > That is what Steve Jobs gave us: the future. A sense of ourselves
> > moving forward into this century, which has proved especially hard
> > to do, with its lack of employment opportunities and its addiction
> > to panic. He gave us a look at the future and all the ambivalence
> > and worry that comes with it. It was the most elegant form of social
> > disruption, and now your kids won't glance up from their iPhones.
> > They'll never need to.
> > We spend a lot of time wishing for the past, carping about our
> > gizmos and the sway they lord over us, while loading up our iPods
> > with songs that were popular when we were in high school, while
> > stalking old boyfriends on Facebook. That in itself is a pleasant
> > form of grief, but it is grief all the same.
> > Jobs kept nudging us away from that. Under his leadership, Apple's
> > subliminal selling point was: Let it go. Let go of the uneasiness
> > about computers. Let go of ugly, antique technology. Let go of the
> > fantasy future of personal rocketships. Let go of the phone that you
> > bought last year for the shiny new phone that's coming out this
> > year. But let go of something deeper, something resistant in you
> > that romanticizes the past.
> > Jobs had been teaching us to say goodbye to all that for decades we
> > just didn't know it. Some of us said goodbye to typewriters in the
> > 1980s when we finished term papers using MacWrite on a Macintosh Plus
> > for the first time. Some of us said goodbye when we made PTA fliers
> > and Lost Dog posters that were far and away better than their
> > Sharpie-scrawled predecessors. Let it go, let it go: Take your CDs to
> > Goodwill; give your books to the library sale.
> > It was therefore an irresistible metaphor, in these final years, when
> > the auditorium lights in would go down and the crowd would go wild
> > for Jobs, who increasingly greeted his followers and touted the
> > latest neat, new thing even as he wore the look of a person who was
> > not going into that future with us. He would be getting off here; we
> > were to proceed without him into the unknown. Let it go and look
> > ahead was the message all along.
> Steve Jobs as Moses, destined not to enter the Promised Land to which he
> led his people?...
> Makes me think about our WordPerfect/SheepShaver project. Cool as it is
> to keep things working beyond their expected obsolescence (I'm sure the
> Cuban mechanics who manage to keep all those U. S.-made cars from the
> 1950's running take justifiable pride in their work), I don't think of
> what we do as holding on to the past. I feel that we are keeping alive,
> and taking advantage of, quality that Steve and his Apple made possible.
> Steve will long be remembered, even as time never stops speeding the
> rest of us into the future.