The sudden passing away of Steve Jobs is utterly devastating to many, particularly to those for whom he was a truly inspirational, role model at a time when such idols are sadly rare. If it wasn’t for the Macintosh SE32 that I met for the first time in 1989, I wouldn’t simply be able to post a video like this on Vimeo. It was because the little Macintosh became a friend and a partner, rather than a burden I had to live with in order to do my work, that I became as computer literate as I am today. Apple became an integral part of my life during the years that passed since and so did Steve, although I regrettably never met him.
Each time a new Apple invention became an icon rather than being just a boring old computer device or a processor heavy, buggy and unpleasant operating system, the rest of the computer or software manufactures had to struggle to keep up with Apple or had to copy Apple products, often in devious ways. And by the time they finally produced something a little more likable and user friendly, Apple had already moved leaps and bounds in a completely new direction!
The reason behind the success and the iconic status of Apple was largely the tireless and uncompromising way that Steve Jobs aspired to push the boundaries of technological advancement and to expand the horizons of human ingenuity. Above all, he understood the end users better than anyone else, so that Apple could develop products that people actually loved to use. At the same time, he kept Apple products simple but elegant to make users actually proud to be associated with an Apple product, almost as a status symbol. Anyone who has used Apple products would know very well how easy they are to use and how long they do last, compared to the cheaper and therefore troublesome alternatives.
I am desperately hopeful that Apple would faithfully perpetuate the mission that Steve launched some 30 years ago and would continue to be the iconic trendsetter it currently is.
Steve will be sadly missed by millions, particularly those like me who dream of a greener and fairer future that is heralded by progressive technologies. While it is agonising to say goodbye to him, let’s hope he would watch over us for centuries to come.
“Stay foolish; stay hungry!”
‘love is the cure’
9th October 2011
‘Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Address’ | © Stanford University | 2005
‘Introducing Apple Macintosh’ | © Apple Corporation | 1984
‘Think Different Campaign’ | © Apple Corporation | 1997 - 2001
‘30 Years of Apple’ | © Tyler LaVite & Apple Corporation | 2006
‘iPod-iTunes TV Commercial’ | © Apple Corporation | 2006
‘iPad TV Commercial | © Apple Corporation | 2010
‘Steve Jobs - 1955 - 2011’ | © Apple Corporation | 2011
‘Steve Jobs - Portrait’ | © Associated Press | c.2006
‘White Rose’ | © Wrongdorez | Blogspot | 2011
‘Générique’ | Zbigniew Preisner | Mouvements du Désir | 1999
‘Do Not Take Another Man's Wife I’ | Zbigniew Preisner | Trois Couleurs Rouge | 1994
‘The Beautiful Country [End Credits]’ | Zbigniew Preisner | The Beautiful Country (Original Soundtrack) | 2005
‘People's Century - Theme’ | Zbigniew Preisner | The People's Century | 1995
‘Fashion Show I’ | Zbigniew Preisner | Trois Couleurs Rouge | 1994
‘Love’ | Sinfonia Varsovia | Zbigniew Preisner | Requiem for My Friend | 1998
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