October 5, 2011

Technology: The World Lost A Giant - RIP Steve Jobs


Just a day after the world’s press descended on the bay area to attend a press conference in Cupertino, to herald the next iteration of IOS 5, and the introduction of the iPhone 4S, Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away. He was only 56 years old.

When I turned on the television to watch the news, hearing about his death, brought me to tears. I regrettably never knew Steve Jobs, and never met him. Here in the bay area, Steve was a mythic figure. His successes and failures were scrutinized more closely than financial analysts examine a balance sheet, or P& L statement.

I was never an Apple disciple, though I have long admired their products, and the innovation that Steve Jobs and Apple represents. The Apple eco-system and products are being copied by corporations the world over on a daily basis. Steve Jobs and Apple is responsible for introducing the personal computer, mp3 players, tablet computers, and the ubiquitous iPhone, to consumers around the world.

Sure I have an Ipod touch, and an Ipod nano, but I use my Zune HD and Sansa Clip, too. I think Itunes manages music collections better than any other software program out there, and I’ve tried them all. If you poll power users, and tech enthusiasts, about the best personal computers, displays, mp3 players, and tablets, the near universal consensus is that Apple makes the best of each.

I remember speaking to a retail executive related the boycott of the retailers associated with the CGBG shopping network. He said Steve Jobs was the “smartest guy in retail.” And wondered why businesses were always in Steve Jobs shadow.” I have a feeling that Steve’s shadow will cast a large pall over the retail and technology world, for quite some time to come.

The Bay Area, California, our country, and the world lost a giant today - his legacy will be long remembered, while he will be sorely missed.

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