RIP Steve Jobs

Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs is reported to have passed away today.

CNN: Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world's leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56.

The hard-driving executive pioneered the concept of the personal computer and of navigating them by clicking onscreen images with a mouse. In more recent years, he introduced the iPod portable music player, the iPhone and the iPad tablet -- all of which changed how we consume content in the digital age.

His friends and Apple fans on Wednesday night mourned the passing of a tech titan.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," Apple said in a statement. "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

More than one pundit, praising Jobs' ability to transform entire industries with his inventions, called him a modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci.

I don't really have a lot of grand things to say about Steve. About what a visionary he was blah blah blah.

But I will say this.

When I was a young man my school had several Apple computers. It was a small school of about 96 students total. We had an AppleII+ and a couple Apple IIE's with the awesome 80 character green screen display. Which sure beat the 40 character display. But only if you weren't playing Apventure.

Well we had a set of disks that had a Pascal compiler. That did it for me. I'd used BASIC on several home computers of the day. But the compiler was so much faster and the language was so much better.

I ended up writing Lunar Lander for a project and blowing my teachers mind. But in retrospect the game sucked. But that's not the point.

The machines that Apple made back in the late seventies and early 80s is what kindled my interest in computing, they were a real computer that could teach real world concepts that I've been able to use on many platforms ever since.

So thank you Mr. Jobs, not for the iphone or ipad or any of so much of what people thing of as Apple today, but for that first machine, the one that taught me so much. The one that did the most to insure that I could succeed.

I owe you so much.

Our thoughts go out to Mr. Job's friends and family.

God Bless.

Posted by: Howie at 07:48 PM

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