Hundreds of years from now, 2010 will be the demarcation for the beginning of the Jobs Era. It is thus ironic that this icon of our digital future passed away less that 18 months after he changed the course of human history forever.
Now, some may argue that someone else would have ushered in the age of tablet computing, the age of the personal media device, if Jobs had not done it in 2010. As proof, they would point to all the other tablet computers that quickly followed the introduction of the iPad in April 2010. I would counter that, had the iPad introduction been a failure, none of those other devices would have ever come to market.
I write about a great many people that I have never met. I have owned almost every device that Apple has ever produced starting with the Apple II which I used to write my first software program in 1982. I helped launch MacWorld Magazine. My sons grew up on Apple products and my oldest son now works for Apple. I Met Steve on the day he introduced iTunes to the world. We shared a drink and talked about the music we loved. I believe now that Jobs knew then the ride he had in mind for the rest of us.
I have spent my life in the media. Steve Jobs has changed my life in ways that I understand, and in other ways that I know are beyond my grasp.
I feel he was taken from us much too soon.
There is so much more to do.
He has left us with both foundation and direction.
Here’s hoping we all make the most of his legacy.
Steve, it is an honor to live it your time.
Rest in peace.
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