Goodbye, Steve Jobs

Jobs will be regarded by history as an innovator who truly brought technology to the masses. One of the gripes I’ve always had with home computing (in the old-timey vernacular) is that it was far too complicated and fraught with danger to be a truly enjoyable, productive and intuitive experience.

Jobs turned that around by making computing almost as easy as turning on a television.

With innovations like the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad, anyone, regardless of their level of computer expertise, could connect without a frustratingly steep learning curve. It seems simplistic to point this out, but imagine a 60-year-old grandmother hooking up a Windows 7 desktop computer and figuring out how to get on the internet, or to use consumer-grade software, without crippling her experience with all varieties of meltdowns, BSODs and Trojans.

And never in a million years could I have ever imagined carrying around my entire record collection — some 6,000 songs or 17 continuous days of music, along with podcasts and photographs — in my pocket.

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

I wonder if there’s a flag-flying-at-half-mast app for my phone.

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  • Zen Diesel

    Steve Jobs was a true innovator of technology, his vision truly has changed the way we view and use technology.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Jobs was a visionary, a true genius.

    RIP, Mr. Jobs.

  • Buffalodavid

    Jobs made the world a better place when he was here, and will be missed now that he is gone. You can’t say anything better about anybody.

  • http://extremeliberal.wordpress.com/ Extreme Liberal

    My wife struggled with a PC that her daughter handed down to her, all sorts of troubles, pop ups, viruses, needing updates, asking if she “Have Disc?”…I brought home a Mac for her and haven’t had to help her once. The first time she used it she said, “I turned it on, did what I wanted to do, and shut it down. No problems”.

    I think that Apple computer saved my marriage. :) She’s a Facebooker now, doing all sorts of stuff on it and hasn’t had any problems at all. That’s good design.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1730451827 Jane Phillips

    Just so a stereotype doesn’t get legs here: There are some women around 60ish out here who are pretty damn sharp at setting up and troubleshooting PCs. But you are correct, Steve Jobs made it much easier for the rest of them.

  • Obama_FTW

    My hats off. I wonder what will become of Apple? I can’t imagine someone who can fill his shoes.

  • muselet

    A self-described geek’s tribute to Steve Jobs.

    –alopecia