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.