On October 5, 2011, former Apple CEO and Chairman Steve Jobs passed away. We know officially know, it’s the end of an era. There will not be another technology mogul like Steve Jobs in this century. Steve died of pancreatic cancer, a cancer he’s been battling since 2004.
The Apple Board of Directors yesterday released a statement saying:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
This is from an earlier article on my site. Let’s go back to the year of 1976. This was the year he co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak. He met Wozniak in 1971, and they were friends. In 1978, they recruited Mike Scott to serve as the CEO as Apple. In 1983, he obtained John Sculley from Pepsi-Cola to serve as CEO. He said to him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” Hmmmm….I’d know what I’d like to do! The year after, he launched Macintosh. This was a revolution, with a graphically appealing interface, yet small in size. In 1985, Steve got fired from his own company. However, he said many years later that this could have been one of the best things that could have happened to him.
So after he got fired, he founded the NeXT Computer company. He created a workstation. It was here he began to experiment with technology such as the Mach kernel, the digital signal processor and the Ethernet port. In 1986, Steve bought The Graphics Group from Lucasfilm. This eventually turned into the well-known company Pixar. The company created blockbuster favourites such as Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Finding Nemo.
In 1996, Apple bought NeXT, and Steve was back at Apple. This was when Apple was almost bankrupt. However, Steve and his magic brought Apple back to life. One of the major products was the first iMac computer, introduced in 1998. Then in 2001, he changed the industry of music. He unveiled the iPod, the iPod classic to be precise. Then came iTunes, and the iTunes store. In 2003, he brought iTunes to Windows. I laughed when he said this was “the best Windows app ever written!” In 2007 came the iPhone, and the iPod touch. In 2010, he came out with the iPad. This was a revolutionary product, changing the way we could now do amazing tasks, all with this device. He was starting the post-pc era, because you could do email, social networking, video calls, and much more all on a thin device at a lower cost than a PC.
All over the world, major celebrities, from ordinary citizens from small communities have been giving the support and condolences to Apple and the family of Steve Jobs. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reported, “I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.” President Obama released a statement saying, “The world has lost a visionary. And 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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”
Steve has always had some inspirational quotes. I remember at his Stanford University announcement, 4 simple words leave a great impact. “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” But an amazing quote is this.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
This is our message to Steve and his family:
This is a sad day for the technology world. Steve Jobs is a once in a lifetime technology mogul. His success and his products are representative of him and his company. His success is amazing, and our world has changed because of him. He has truly been a revolutionary figure in our world today. He will be missed, and our condolences go out to Steve’s family, his company, and his fans. Goodbye Steve.
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