February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011
Yesterday Steve Jobs passed away. There’s little to be said that hasn’t already been said by writers far more eloquent than myself. After experiencing the wave of responses from across the world, I wanted to offer my own little eulogy, tucked away on an obscure site at the back of the internet.
Steve Jobs first came to my attention in 2007, when I bought my own iPod. There had been an iPhone announcement earlier that year but I was so tuned out from technology I skipped most of the news concerning it. I saw my first iPhone at a movie theater and curiosity pushed me to learn more about the iconic CEO and his equally iconic company.
I have no intention of debating brands, or arguing cults, or plugging any products. What I do want to say is that Steve Jobs scared the hell out of the technology world. He continually pushed technology in new directions with revolutionary dimensions. All while the establishment dragged its feet behind him. Steve had the audacity to believe that all the books in the world should weigh less than a pound and a half; that the face of a loved one living on the other side of the country can be a foot away; that all the music that inspires me should be, in sum with everything else, at my fingertips.
He was the guy who dared to create a vision of the future. It was a vision I agreed with, that I drooled over. Steve made it possible for me to not have to haul around several literature anthologies. His ideas made my present so much more enjoyable that it’s worrying to think about the future without someone who is lighting fires under the butts of everyone else.
Nevertheless, Steve Jobs was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of guy. 55 years is too short a time for someone as revolutionary as he; but for the legacy he left behind him, and the road he helped others to map for a future without him; I am grateful.
Rest in Peace Steve.