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So Long Steve – We’re Glad We Knew Ye

August 26, 2011

The Long and Winding Road

In my April 2, 2010 post, Altair Remembered – Robots, PC Pioneers And UAVs  I wrote extensively about my time working in Silicon Valley in the early days of the computer and robotics industries. It was a lengthy musing in memory of Ed Roberts.  He was the founder of MITS and inventor of the Altair 8800, widely credited as the world’s first personal computer.

August 12th marked the 30th anniversary of the IBM PC. And this week we learn that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of Apple Inc. It’s the end of a glorious era.

Apple, like HP before it, changed the Valley and the world. Also HP just announced it was looking to sell-off it’s PC business. Back in 1996 when Larry Ellison (good friend to Jobs and another adopted, college drop-out) prematurely proclaimed that the PC was dead. Looks like 15 years later he’s right. No worries, All Things Must Pass.

There are plenty of articles and profiles being published about Jobs and Apple, I’ve listed some good ones below. Hopefully Steve Jobs will be around for years inspiring Apple, Pixar and spending time with family and loved ones.

Here are a few of my thoughts on this colorful innovator and entrepreneur with links to related stories and music of his time.

Knowledge is Power

Take a bite Eve – it’s tasty and will set you free.

Everybody’s talking about Jobs stepping down. We all get down-graded in the end and sometimes even the president must stand naked, and Entropy always wins

Over the years The Beatles’ Apple Records sued and won millions of dollars from Apple Computer for infringement of The Beatles’ Apple brand. Jobs and Woz loved the Beatles and for them it was worth the cost. Money was never their driver.  Jobs spent 100 million for the NeXT logo (Job’s later got the mixed case thing right with iPod)  and Woz’s folly, the US festivals cost him nearly $20 million.

Woz reminiscing on  the origin of the company name. “Steve was still half involved with a group of friends who ran the commune-type All-One Farm in Oregon. And he would go up and work there for a few months before returning to the Bay Area. He had just come back from one of his trips and we were driving along and he said ‘I’ve got a great name: Apple Computer.’ Maybe he worked in apple trees. I didn’t even ask. Maybe it had some other meaning to him. Maybe the idea just occurred based upon Apple Records.

Woz said, he was happy to know Jobs, who “…became the most important person in the world… and early on was influenced by Atlas Shrugged.”

Steve Jobs is a hero to me too. But, he was often not a nice man. Like John Lennon and Frank Lloyd Wright (also heroes), he could be cruel and dishonest, denying family and friends important recognition and connection.

Dr. T. J. Eckleburg or John Winston Lennon?

“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”  — John Lennon

May You Stay Forever Young

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, humanities that yields us the result that makes our heart sing. And nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices.” Jobs, Jan. 2011

Jobs on Marketing & Branding

Think Different

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Apple Inc.

In a 2005 commencement speech to students at Stanford University. College dropout Steve Jobs, advised his audience to avoid being trapped by dogma and to have the courage to follow their bliss. And he closed with a quote from the Whole Earth Catalog. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish”  Watch…

Steve Jobs Reminds Us – Memento mori

“You are already naked – there is no reason not to follow your heart”

Steve has become a better man because he has boldly followed his heart, shown grace in the face of adversity and has become kinder with age.  The world is a better place because of Steve’s work, vision, passion and the companies he has created and the people he has touched.

“There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all”
— John Lennon

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” Steve Jobs

Related articles…

Macworld: The genesis of Apple

PC Magazine: A Look Back at the Career of Steve Jobs

Gizmodo: A great in-depth look at  The Life of Steve Jobs – So Far

PC Magazine: 7 Steve Jobs Products That Failed

CNET: Steve Jobs at Apple: A retrospective

The American: Why Jobs Is No Edison

Pantless Knights:  Funny music video: Tribute to Steve Jobs

After Life…

RIP – October 5, 2011

Forbes: Steve Jobs – A Life

MercuryNews: Remembering Steve Jobs





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