Saturday, October 8, 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs - 1955-2011

R. Luke Dubois of the PolyTechnic Institute of New York University has noted the irony of the public outpouring of grief among liberals for Steve Jobs, the one CEO curiously exempt as a target of ongoing protests at Wall Street: "On one side, people are railing against corporate greed, and they’re doing it on iPads from a company that trades at $400 per share" -- oblivious to, or perhaps in spite of, to his dark side.

He was, undoubtedly, a genius and a visionary. As the Independent notes

The late Steve Jobs revolutionised no fewer than six different industries: personal computers, mobile phones, music publishing, animated films, digital publishing and tablet computing. So while the word innovation is overused nowadays, there is no one about whom it can be more aptly deployed than the founder of Apple.

When Mr Jobs died on Wednesday he had some 313 patents to his name. Among them were point-and-click mouse techniques and the technology behind touch-sensitive screens. His iMac computer pioneered the intuitive approach, technology that was ready to use straight from the box. His iPod did not just change music on the move; with iTunes and download sales, it turned the whole music industry on its head. His iPhone defined the concept of the smartphone. And his ultra-thin MacBook Air and then his iPad brought an everyday portability to computing with devices that were thin, lightweight and easy to carry.


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