BLOG: We all live in Steve Jobs' world

Tom Jackson
Oct 6, 2011

Here is a list, no doubt partial, of some of the products Steve Jobs helped put into the world: the Apple II, the Macintosh desktop, the Mac laptop, the iPhone, the iPod, the iPad, iTunes and legal downloads of music by the Beatles.

His influence was huge even if you've never used an Apple product. Ever used a Windows computer? Jobs popularized and commercialized the graphical user interface, making it possible for ordinary people to use a computer by clicking on icons with a mouse.

I learned about Jobs' death when I turned on my Linux laptop computer at home Wednesday night. It's a different machine from the Macintosh I use at work, but it has a GNOME desktop that's not terribly different from the one on my Mac. No doubt it's also no coincidence that the Spotify program and the open source MP3 player on my Linux Mint laptop look an awful lot like iTunes.

Twitter was so overwhelmed with messages about the Apple icon's death last night that it took me several minutes to log on — a fitting tribute to Jobs' stature. My favorite Tweet came from Julian Sanchez, @normative: "I felt a great disturbance in the force... as though millions of iPhones suddenly cried out... and were suddenly silenced."

John Markoff's obituary in the New York Times usefully chronicles some of Jobs' achievements.

 

Comments

Raoul Duke

So, who was this guy?

Lynn222

Raoul:  do you live in a cave?

Pete

He lives under a rock. But he did get a good deal by switching to Geico!

SamAdams

Steve Jobs was not only a giant in the world of innovation, but was proof positive that it's free enterprise that creates jobs, not governments. I heard on the news this morning that, because Mr. Jobs worked his tail off since dropping out of college (and admittedly had good ideas), more than 40,000 people around the world had gainful employment.

Jobs' loss will be felt (including by me since I converted to Apple products for my computer needs years ago, and for good reason), but his example will, I hope, live on. He's what CAN happen in a free market, free enterprise system, and I refuse to begrudge him one nickel of the wealth he leaves behind since he's been "redistributing" it for years to his stockholders and his employees alike.

Kimo

 

Re: 40,000 jobs around the world

And a dam good thing.

We need to borrow more of that money....................

 

 

Kimo

 

Hey.............

Easy on Duke.............

bet he just woke up..................

 

Raoul Duke

Apple?