Steve Jobs passed away today. As many of you know, I have often ranted about various aspects of the Apple phenomenon, and have at times expressed my own opinions about Mr. Jobs and his approach to marketing and business. In the end, I have benefited from much that his vision and passion have made possible. My thoughts go out to his family, friends, and coworkers. He inspired so much, from so many; his mark will be felt for decades to come. Steve, thank you for following your dream, and opening the door for me and countless others to find our own futures in the world of technology.
I will indulge myself in a bit of self-centered rambling about the relationship I have had with Apple over most of my adult life. For many, this might seem odd, obsessive, or just plain crazy, but to me, this is reality.
At 16, in high school, I didn’t have a clue what I would do with my life. By 17 (or so) I had discovered what would become my lifelong passion; software/programming. The simple purchase of an Apple ][+ by my parents sparked in me an obsession that would continue until this very day. I owe that spark and opportunity to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (and those nameless others that helped them achieve what they did).
Over the years my “relationship” with Apple, and Mr. Jobs was much like that of a Parent/Child relationship. As the years passed, I followed my path which diverged from that of the vision of Mr. Jobs, and at times I felt a deep emotional reaction to that disagreement. As any child knows, they can both love and resent some of what their parents represent. For me, this relationship with Apple and Steve Jobs was no different.
It saddens me to see him pass; regardless of the differences I have had with him (unbeknownst to him!!!). I will say again with all sincerity; thank you Steve (and Steve) for opening that door for me and for so many.