Everyone else is waxing poetic on Steve Job's Life Accomplishments. We should too.
I never met Steve Jobs. I never saw him give a speech. I never shook his hand or introduced him to anyone. For some reason, though, many of us feel we've lost a friend.
Intensely private from most reports, he was content to focus on his work and his family. Compulsive, reports explain patiently his drive to perfect
the details of each product.
Innovative, yes, but he also took credit for ideas and work he he led, sometimes with autocratic and loud methods.
So say the reports.
I don't know this. What do I know?
1. I know I have an Apple ][e that still works.
2. I know my old macs with their support for themes and other widgets and toys gave a more personalized experience than this Lion system, so much so that my daughters still ask about that old classic.
3. I know my eMac still has usefulness and a sharp picture.
4. I know my older daughter was skilled with our Classic II within 2 hours of trying it out. She was 5 1/2.
5. I know my younger daughter learned to clean her room, thanks to a free hypercard stack called "Messy House". Hypercard... How cool was it???
6. I know my Sunday School class created wonderful webpages, thanks to Claris software.
7. I know in all of these tools and products, training was minimal for use.
I am an IT professional. What distinguishes the man's work for me is the way the products never imposed on me to learn them. Interfaces were intuitive. The hardware's use of SCSI drives proved even hardware was as extensible as the Operating System.
Mitch Kapor. Steve Jobs. Phillippe Kahn. Bill Gates. All of these stars gambled it all, hopeful that they could show the utility--and the beauty--of personal computing software and hardware. They put in long hours and built businesses one happy customer at a time. All had high quality metrics. They were much like other IT professionals--driven, willing to tinker after a long day, innovative and trying. Like, well, most you reading this blog. We owe a lot to their work.
I wish Zuckerberg and today's follow-on innovators well. They've got tough examples to follow.