One should never speak ill of the dead (I’m not sure why…it’s just a saying).
My condolences to the family and friends of Steve Jobs. The loss of any life, regardless of young or old, is sad and their memory should be remembered by those who loved the deceased.
However, I would like to pause a moment and fully understand how this man was, in the words of President Barack Obama, …
…bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it
Sorry to ask the question, but how exactly did he change the world?
Steve Jobs co-founded one company (Apple Computers), founded another (NeXT), and became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of another (Pixar Animation Studios) after buying it.
In the same vein of a previous posting of mine, let us look at the world-changing mark Mr. Jobs has given the world.
The graphical user interface (GUI) was not created by Apple’s Macintosh computer. The GUI was created by the team at Xerox PARC and when Jobs saw the GUI at Xerox’s campus, he ran with the idea.
The iPod is simply a MP3 player.
The iPad was not the first tablet computer. According to this article, that glory goes to the DynaBook.
iPod Touchs and iPads implement the touch screen function, but these products did not invent that feature.
iTunes was not the first online service that provided music (see Napster among others), but it was the first popular commercial service. It didn’t hurt that the company also found a way to successfully monetize the service.
I am straining to find something that Mr. Jobs invented. While I agree with his designation as a remarkable innovator, in that he took existing technologies and re-molded them into a new design, I cannot see how he changed the world.
Yes, Steve Jobs was a successful businessman, a man who was a successful innovator, and a man who was a successful designer of technology. But he was not perfect (see the preceding paragraph).
Take all the rainbows you want, but I will remember him as a man.