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Re: Steve Jobs, 1955–2011

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  • TradleyS
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 5, 2011
      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!

      Steve Jobs

      A great innovator.

      --- In wordperfectmac@yahoogroups.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.
      > Tom
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