By now most of you will have gotten the news that Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple has died yesterday.
He was one of the people that changed the computer market forever. I don't think anyone can argue the fact that he was a great visionary and a very creative man.
The reactions of many important people reflect this opinion:
I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
- Bill Gates
Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. 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. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
- Pres. Barack Obama
I personally was never a big Apple user or fan, but you have to admire the man. He really pushed the boundries between what was real, and what could be real. His strong believe in easy to use Graphical User Interfaces made the company a success, and it is still a big part of Apples success today: from the NeXT Cube to the IPhone. Once every 7 years or so he would present something revolutionary after the famous words 'oh... And one more thing...'
After looking for information about the history of the company, I found this great documentary from 1996. It's called 'Triumph of the Nerds'. It is a 3 part 50 min. documentary, that explains the beginning of the PC/Computer revolution. It features Microsoft, Xerox, IBM, Apple, etc. I found it very educating and fun to watch. It really shows the politics and atmosphere of the day, and it also makes you feel really nostalgic.
Here are the Youtube links: