Steve Jobs

I’m not a big fan of today’s Apple, but Steve Jobs had an an enormous influence on my life. My first computer was an Apple IIe, he was presenting the NeXT workstation when I visited the University I ended up attending, I was an intern and Campus Consultant for NeXT in the 90’s, and the Macintosh set me on a path to Computer Science. I even wrote a paper about him in college.

He is regarded as a minimalist, from his trademark black turtleneck and jeans, to this photo of his home in 1982, to his design philosophy.

However, what impressed me most was his lack of cynicism; he was abrasive and downright mean at times, but he was always sincere in creating something great. Goodbye, Steve.

4 Responses to “Steve Jobs”

  1. Jose says:

    Hi, can you go a little deep in the things you don’t like about apple now days?. It would be great if you explain what did you like about apple in the early 90’s that doesn’t apply to the current company.

    I’m really interested in knowing your input on the subject…

    Thanks, regards from Venezuela.

  2. minj says:

    I was a huge NeXT fan in the 90’s – that platform was amazing. Today, I’m lead developer on a project for the iPhone, and I find its closed nature frustrating. Not just from a philosophical standpoint, but from a daily get-my-work-done standpoint, with hours wasted mucking about with certificates, and working around restrictions on how we can use the hardware for our project. That said, Steve Jobs was one of a kind. I have tremendous respect for what he built, and the purity of his vision, but I choose other platforms where possible. I expect we’ll be moving to Android soon, which is unfortunate, because the iPhone is really a beautiful device.

  3. This is a great post and I really love the picture of Steve Jobs sitting in such a simple and empty room. Speaks volumes.

  4. fiendly says:

    [yet another] tribute:

    and he was a Pisces Sun, with an Aquarian [communication] vision (Mercury).

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