He did it “iWay” – Steve Jobs, Log On: 1955 & Log Off: 2011 {PG-13: Mild Language}

Takes a lot to crash Twitter, Michael Jackson did it and for the same reason Steve Jobs did too, as MJ would say? “Gone Too Soon…”

Like a comet
Blazing ‘cross the evening sky
Gone too soon

Like a rainbow
Fading in the twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night…

I first used an Apple at a Tour Company on Harts Gap in the late 80’s, it was bought to keep track of Car Rentals – before that, I had played the amazingly primitive (but then oh-so-cool) Commodore C64 where you have to type in the code for Games yourself. Mr Jobs’ invention of the iPad led me to create an article which generated a lot of discussion… I still feel I was right in waiting as the Toshiba Thrive since it has what I want in a Tablet and more (the replaceable battery plus all the various types of access ports, make it dead sexy in my reckoning)!

Thanks to Gene Roddenberry, we know that even Alien cultures will adapt to Jobs' invention in the far future

However I am not here to compare Ubuntu with Leopard or Android – I have come to praise Jobs and let those who love him, inter him… It seems October can bring life and take it away? David Thompson left us on 23 Oct 2010, and not only Apple’s creator but a dear friend of mine who married me and my wife also passed away this month, which is supposed to be a cool month as my own day for joy is soon here… What did Steve do for people? Let’s take a quick look via Fast Company and the White House;-

Growing up I was a huge apple fan-boy (fine, still am.) The first NY apple store in Soho opening was probably the coolest thing that happened to me between the ages 6 and 12. For a while I would spend almost every weekend there. Every year for Halloween I was a Mac, and I made a habit of shaving the Apple logo into my head to celebrate every OS launch. My neighbor Brooke mentioned that Steve Jobs, busy as he is, always reads email sent to his public address. I think I was around 12, and I sent a very enthusiastic and grammatically incorrect message including a picture of my shaved head. Apparently he forwarded it to the head of Public Relations, Katie, and I got invited to the opening of the 5th Avenue Cube. I can never thank them enough. This was probably the high point of my childhood.

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has passed away at the age of 56, leaving behind a larger-than-life legacy which no single obituary could possibly capture. As colleagues and family members and all those who he inspired begin to reflect on his life and impact, it's impossible not to do so without feeling an almost shared sadness, as if the world is collectively mourning the loss of a close relative--even if most of us were never fortunate enough to meet him. We all knew this day was coming, but we can't believe it came so soon.

Still at Fast Company, another Tribute was a series of Tweets about the fall of the gentle giant, a byte in the terabytes of data which temporarily crashed the popular mini-blog site;-

Steve Jobs’s death [became] the trending topic of all trending topics (@deliacabe). He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation (@SteveCase). Not many people have a vision, and then execute it so thoroughly. A role model for control freaks everywhere (@anamariecox). For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor (@billgates). Jobs’s legacy winks light from every shiny wonder he put in our eager hands (@carr2n).

Steve Jobs was a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein. His ideas will shape the world for generations (@mikebloomberg). Writing our obituary for Steve (which I had not done before, because it seemed ghoulish). My fingers are still unwilling to write it (@jason_pontin).”There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented” [President Barack Obama eulogized] (@pfeiffer44).

I’ve never been this sad about the passing of someone I didn’t know (@glennf). I feel bad I never wrote him a letter, even if he never saw it, telling him how immeasurably my life was changed by his genius (@rosannecash). The joy and delight my first Mac brought to college work touched everything I created with it and set me on this course (@shobe). I was never an Apple fanboy but I will always be a Steve Jobs fanboy (@weldpond). Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement (@candylion5).

Thank You For Saving Us From Mediocrity (@om). Thank you Steve Jobs, for the iPad–the best babysitting tool ever (@matthewherper). Thank you for making 1984 not like ‘1984’ (@adnys). Turn your iPhone off for an hour, honor Steve Jobs. When you turn it back on, remember how different your life is because of his work (@thatdrew). Prayers tonight from the 5-year old, not kidding: “Dear God, please have fun tonight with the guy who invented iPhone and iPad” (@nicolebernier). In memory of Steve Jobs, all music’s on shuffle for the next 24 hours (@annkpowers). Sacrilegious image: Steve Jobs arrives in Heaven. The music is terrible. Pressed against the gates, John Lennon: “Steve! Get me out of here!” (@tcarmody) My dog is howling at the top of her lungs, in what I can only imagine is her own personal tribute to Steve Jobs (@pwthornton). I know with absolute certainty I could never make my life as profoundly impactful as yours was. I stand in awe (@clevertitletk).

Apple campus flags at half-staff (@mental_floss). It’s really kind of touching to see virtually every tweet and post be about Steve Jobs. True influence isn’t measured in Twitter followers (@augieray). Apple changed my life. Over and over again (@poetabook). Honor Steve Jobs by building things which matter & lead from your heart (@hunterwalk).

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do (@jackiyo).

Fuck cancer. Seriously (@kul).

  • Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor at NYU and a contributing writer to Fast Company. Follow him on Twitter: @penenberg.

Jevanni Ellis' Photoshop - Moses was given Man's first laws on 2 Tablets, was it Lion or Leopard OS? Only that crazy Kolij boy knows 4 sure, LOL!

What abut Barbados? There is a young Apple fan whose devotion was prophetic yet yet over-reverential in one way while bordering on sacrilegious in a next way;-

Barbados Free Press carried his 2005 Commencement Speech, while back at Fast Company, there was one writer who did not look at Steve Jobs’ love of technology but how Steve Jobs looked at things which separated him from everyone else in the planet;-

{CLICK FOR BIGGER} Barack Obama - "By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike."

” … In a dusty basement across the road from Apple’s main building, Jobs found a solitary designer who was ready to quit, languishing amid a stack of prototypes. Among them was a monolithic monitor with a teardrop swoop, which integrated all of a computer’s guts into a single package. And in that room, Jobs saw what middle managers did not. He saw the future. Almost immediately, he told the designer, Jonathan Ive, that from here on out they’d be working side by side on a new line of computers…”

"Steve, many years ago you left Apple to start Next. But recently you returned to Apple. Why did you come back to Apple?" (Jobs answered:) "When I was trying to decide whether to come back to Apple or not I struggled. I talked to a lot of people and got a lot of opinions. And then there I was, late one night, struggling with this and I called up a friend of mine at 2am. I said, ‘Should I come back, should I not?’ and the friend replied, ‘Steve, look. I don’t give a fuck about Apple. Just make up your mind,’ and hung up. And it was in that moment that I realized I truly cared about Apple."

Before we touch the Power button on this topic, let’s see what io9, the science fiction blog, says – they looked at yet another aspect of Steve Jobs, one outside of Apple;-

It’s fitting that Jobs’ movie studio Pixar created one of the most incredible and innovative science fictional visions of the last decade: Wall-E, which was both a terrifically original story as well as a breakthrough in the use of CGI animation. It’s also a fitting love letter from Jobs to the future, where humanity is rescued from obsolescence by its robotic children. In Wall-E, the only creatures left who care for the planet are the progeny of devices like the iPod, rather than humans. In fact, a team of Apple designers advised Pixar concept artists about how to make Wall-E’s friend Eve more alluringly iPod-esque.

So if you’re trying to sort out your perhaps mixed feelings about the man behind Apple, there’s no better way than to rewatch some classic Pixar films.

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