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Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 | Author:

© 2011 Other World Computing

On behalf of the team at OWC, I extend our condolences to Steve’s family, friends, and everyone for who Steve was anything but ordinary. Few words need be said about a legendary genius, brilliant businessman – who wasn’t just about innovation, but always was about the user experience.

We get but a short time in the grand scheme of things. Steve Jobs’s time will not be forgotten any time soon, although his time certainly ended far sooner than what can be considered fair. Many of us are in a state of shock with his passing and mere words just can’t express what many team members are feeling. Our prayers go out to his family whose loss is the greatest of us all.

Apple has asked that remembrances of Jobs be emailed to them at rememberingsteve@apple.com.

- Larry O’Connor
OWC Founder and CEO

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    1. Benjamin says:

      Steve Jobs passing comes for me not with a sense of sadness, but of great accomplishment. I have been an Apple advocate since 1982 which was also when I was born. To see Apple make it through a really long, tough period and not only come back but invent completely new industries is gratifying to say the least. Steve Jobs worked extremely hard for the success, both during his time at Apple and the time spent away building the foundation for everything that we know today. Next was an incubator for many of the technologies that make OS X and iOS possible and this cannot be overlooked. Even when he wasn’t working for Apple he was working for Apple. When he rejoined Apple acquired Next and came out with OS X, which was a little changed version of Next’s OpenStep OS, and it’s still in there. Apple with it’s computers, phones and iPods is even more ubiquitous than most people realize, Quicktime technology is inside of MPEG, H264 and Qualcomm NaturalVoice; anyone who has ever turned on a digital TV, played a DVD or BD or made a digital cell phone call has used Apple technology. If I had to boil it all down to one statement it would be to say “Steve- You did it!!”

    2. Mike says:

      20 years as a Mac developer in Silicon Valley working on some of the most exciting products in the world. My own adventure with Apple technology was so interesting I plan to write my own book about the experience. As for Steve, all I can say is: thanks for one hell of a ride.

    3. JW says:

      All of us change our own world as a whole, few of us change the whole world, Steve did just that.

      Thank you Steve!

    4. Gordon S says:

      iSad
      iWept
      iSaid
      iCan
      iWill
      iAm
      inTouch
      iMiss
      iCry
      iTired
      iSleep

    5. Jeremy says:

      Back in about 1988, I had a massive rethink of my life as I had made the hard decision that I could not afford to take over the family business. It needed a paradigm shift, and having used Macintosh since the 128k Mac, I actually chose to live, eat and breath Apple. Twenty-three years later I am still doing that, and it’s been a hell of a dedication. Actually now I think I may have gone overboard choosing all three metaphors, but I have to say, it has been my passion, and I have followed it, for better or worse.
      Steve knew how to do it right. Make it work, cut the bs marketing. He once said, we will just build the best computer, and people will buy it. So many of the Apple innovations have been the way I would expect. I cannot believe the archaic frustration of using Windows, BlackBerry and Sony Ericcson smartphones. I was incredulous over how lacking in imagination the people who designed these things must be. They accepted mediocre because that’s how it’s always been done.

      Steve must have visualised what would be an easy and intuitive way that people would wish it could be done, and then seek expertise to make that a possibility. The iPhone 4S is basically the “Knowledge Navigator” which was featured as a concept design in 1987. I am sure that Apple have at least a quarter century of innovative ideas waiting to be built, that the team is well tuned to the demanding creative brilliance inspired by Steve, and that the current management will do him proud.

      I wouldn’t say he was my hero, but I believe I think in the same way. Guy Kawasaki was my hero. Steve was more of a consummate artist and an inspiration. I admire him greatly and it would have been my dream to one day work on a project with him.

      My deepest sympathy to his family and all those who knew him personally.

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