Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Steve Jobs, cofounder, chairman and former CEO of Apple, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. Few people involved in technology enjoy the sheer diversity of successful endeavors Jobs was involved in. Name your own favorites over the years… Apple I and II, the very early Mac’s that flowered into a whole new style of computer use, NeXT, Pixar Studios, iPod, iPhone and iPad. He deserves better than a list-of-products summary, but as one whose world was changed only indirectly by Jobs’s work, that’s the best I can do. R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

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  • c  On Sunday October 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I remember many years ago, complaining to you that computers were not user friendly. And you showed me a bunch of ways that they were —and looking back those were all Steve Jobs’s “brain-children”.

    • Steve  On Monday October 10, 2011 at 8:40 am

      Actually, c, in all honesty, Jobs, Wozniak and Apple Inc. did not invent those techniques and approaches. Most of them came from Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) some years earlier. You can see some of their experimental machines in the Museum of American History, which I believe is not too far from you. At the time, the intention was to develop computers that could be used by children without extensive training. Unfortunately for Xerox, somebody there (I don’t know who) didn’t have the foresight to develop products, while Jobs and Wozniak did. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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