Jobs

No this isn’t a post about the economy. It is not a post about unemployment. No this isn’t a post about globalization and outsourcing.

This is my humble tribute to Steve Jobs who resigned as CEO of Apple today.

I bought the first Apple II that was sold in Richardson, Texas. It had a built in Basic emulator and programs were loaded in using a cassette tape recorder. If you had multiple programs on the cassette, you had to use the digital meter on the recorder to forward to the spot on the tape for the program.

You can’t imagine how happy I was when I bought an Apple floppy drive. WOW. Was that progress. Then VisiCalc came out and the world of the spreadsheet had arrived.

It seems like it took IBM a couple more years before they produced their first PC and officially gave credibility to the personal computer, while also pulling an unknown company called Microsoft. Microsoft produced MS DOS for IBM.

Apple always was a little different. The Apple II was aimed at the hobbyist and computer youth of that time. IBM was aimed at big business.

Apple maintained it’s individuality and introduced the Apple Macintosh. This was aimed at the graphic artist. With this, the mouse was born. Apple took ideas that Xerox toyed with in a lab and put them into the real world.

It took several more years before Microsoft could come out with their first version of Windows. However, with IBM leading the parade, Apple took second position.

Everything Apple did wasn’t perfect. They came out with Lisa and it was a failure. Apple grew and Scully came in to run the company. He and Jobs clashed and Jobs left. Apple floundered when Jobs wasn’t there.

Jobs went on to form NeXT. I always wanted to buy one, but couldn’t afford it. The foundations of the current Apple operating environment came from Jobs’ experience with NeXT.

Somewhere around 1997, Apple was wise enough to bring Steve Jobs back and look what he accomplished since his return. I am writing this post on an iPad. The iPad, iPod, iPhone have revolutionized the average person’s involvement with technology.

This is the way I remember it. Apple and Jobs has always been a part of my life even when I was using Linux and Windows.

Never has one company been so responsible for so much technology leadership as Apple. I give full credit to Steve Jobs.

I know the big question in much of the world’s mind will be what will happen to Apple post Jobs? Time will tell, but I think Steve has done a good job teaching those around him to not be afraid to take risks, to learn from your mistakes and to not sacrifice your ideals for instant profit.

I know with Steve’s well known health problems that he deserves time with his family and less pressure. I hope he has many years to enjoy the fruits of his efforts with those he loves.

I salute you Steve Jobs. I will miss you.

6 thoughts on “Jobs

  1. I heard an interview with him. Here is the jest of what he said. He said at age 23 he was worth $1 million dollars, at age 24 he was worth $10 million and at age 25 he was worth $100 million. He went on to say it was not about making money. It was about creating and building.

    I was an owner of an Apple II. Now I wish I had kept it in the original box and stored it away. No telling what it would be worth today.

  2. Let’s not deify the man. He has been an extremely effective CEO but far too much innovation has been attributed to him. The graphical user interface, the mouse and ethernet were all developed by Xerox at the Palo Alto Research Center.

    The design for the iPod was patented so long before Apple came out with one that the patent expired before Apple developed one. http://gizmodo.com/5315766/suspiciously-prescient-man-files-patent-for-ipod+like-device-in-1979. Apple never gave credit where credit was due.

    Steve Wozniak was the genius behind the Apple, Jobs was the marketer.

    MS-DOS was created by Tim Paterson and bought by Microsoft for $50,000.

    iTunes is a horribly intrusive piece of software. I would buy an iPod I could just drag and drop my music and forego all of the preprocessing. The association between and iPod, iPhone, iPad and a specific computer is horribly inconvenient.

    IBM has had far more influence on computer science and computer technology than Apple ever will.

    Apple is a consumer electronics company, hugely successful but hardly a bastion of true innovation, the operating system for the Macintosh was developed at University of California Berkely (BSD Berkley Systems devision).

    Just setting the record straight.

  3. Hi BT,

    I mentioned that Xerox was the source of the graphical interface. Most people don’t know that. It shows how influential Xerox was with their innovation.

    Kodak invented the digital camera and their wisdom to ignore it and push film has cost them a company.

    Yes, I am aware that Microsoft did not develop MSDOS. So what? Tim Paterson didn’t have a vision or he would have been the one to sell to IBM.

    Again, I am aware that the foundation for OSX was UNIX. So what?

    IBM has influenced computer science more, but it hasn’t put technology into the hands of an many individuals walking the streets of Panama or the rest of the world as Apple has. Also it was the marketing arm of IBM that made it’s success and not it’s technical genius. UNIVAC produced better computers, but IBM’s marketing killed them.

    No Jobs is not a deity. If he were, he would not be leaving us so soon.

  4. I read (somewhere) that Steve Jobs said he never invented Mac, IPod, IPad etc., etc., he just stole other peoples ideas and developed them — an honest billionaire, you have to give him credit for that at least. I am old, I am technologically challenged, but I do have an IPod. Good Health and a Long Life Steve Jobs, you definitely made your mark on the world.

  5. My first computer was bought while I lived in Richardson, TX. It was an Atari. I also was happy when I bought my first $300 dollar floppy drive for the Atari. No telling how many hours I spend watching the 300 baud download of the latest game.
    Thank goodness times have changed.

    BOB

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