RIP Steve Jobs
October 5, 2011 in Technology
Personally, I’ve never purchased anything made by Apple because I’m a: A poor and b: I like building my own computer boxen and c: I don’t like lock-in, no matter how well-designed it is, but that doesn’t stop me getting a right case of the sads on hearing that Steve Jobs has died at the even-sadder age of 56. For many – especially folks who love their IT stories – he was the genius thrown out of the company he started, only to return to it a conquering hero, with a new operating system and a mostly unerring ability in making consumers lust after electronic equipment. For many as well – he wasn’t Bill Gates – which was enough to justify the adoration in itself. The man made computers sexy. He changed the ecosystem, and in many ways, changed the world. From his barefoot, drug-experimenting past to the shiny glass boxes of the future, he will be remembered, and not just by geeks like me. RIP, dude.