BY PETER KAY – Steve Jobs was more than just a a tech industry visionary and genius. Historians will see him in the same genre as the Henry Fords and Nelson Rockefellers.

Let’s just think about what Apple-channeling-Steve brought to our world: from a strictly product perspective: Apple ][, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes.

From a cultural perspective, he brought us the personal computer, the mp3 music player for the rest of us, the smartphone for the rest of us, the tablet for the rest of us, legitimized digital music and movie downloads, and he essentially led the entertainment and telecom industry into the 21st century.

I count myself fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time to have not only witnessed this history, but to have played an active role in it, starting my tech career with assembly language programming the hardware in the Apple ][.

The nearest possible relevant comparison is Bill Gates. Even though Gates is a giant in the industry, he doesn’t even begin to compare to what Steve brought to our world.

When one passes on, the Orthodox Christians say, “May his memory be eternal.”

Regardless of your belief system, the memory and legendary “Reality Distortion Field” of Steve Jobs will eternal as the man that represents more than any other our entrance into the 21st century.

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If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

 

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  1. On June 12, 2005 Steve Jobs gave the commencement address at Stanford University. The entire speech is on the Stanford website at
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

    When he gave that speech he had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he expected to die soon. His thoughts about using the knowledge of death as a tool to concentrate the mind and heart are surely relevant to us all, since someday, sooner or later, we all will die. Here’s what he said about that:

    “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

    And then Steve Jobs went on to create all manner of amazing inventions and made Apple an enormously successful company. He followed his own advice from that speech, and made the world a better place. We can all take inspiration from his insight, creativity, and hard work.

  2. There are many Mobile companies are working, but I notice that the Apple which is given by Steve Jobs is the most honorable invention of the global world. This makes the history in genius and by this we will be able to use many kinds of future in the same set and use of this site is speechless for me and most others.

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