Steve Jobs (From the cover of his forthcoming biography)

Steve Jobs

Posted on 7 October, 2011 by sampeckham

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. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About 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 people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. — Apple Inc.

These words from Apple’s Think Different ad have been echoing around the web the last day or so as many reflect on the life of one of the worlds’ greatest CEO’s, innovators and leaders. The noun I’ve seen most often used though is, visionary.

Steve saw the world not as it was but as it could be. He committed Apple to constantly make a better product, focussing heavily on user experience, moving the computer from geek business to consumer fun. He understood the story of technology (as John Dyer’s From the Garden to The City so eloquently explains), the beginning – how the world is now, the middle – technology invented and used, the end – a new and a better world because of technology.

There have been and will continue to be many many lines typed about Steve Jobs, his life, his legacy and his dream. I would love to contribute more of my own reflections but as I’m about to embark on another round of hectic travel I have precious little time. So, I will leave just add my earliest memory and some other great articles that do a far better job than I at paying tribute.

My enduring memory of Apple computers is a strange one, the smell. From my early days running into my Dad’s office building surrounded by them to the ‘lucky days’ when my Dad brought his Macintosh 512k e home and even last year when I un-boxed my new iMac, the smell was there letting me know this was authentic Apple and the fun was about to begin!

That fun first began for me with the original Shufflepuck Cafe by Christopher Gross. An ice hockey game played with the mouse, against black and white aliens, creatures and strange looking folk.

Here are a couple of great reads with very different perspectives, feel free to leave your own in the comments.

Steve Jobs, the allure of technology and the image of God – John Dyer, on the Gospel Coalition

My Neighbour, Steve Jobs – Lisen Stromberg, Palo Alto Patch (written in August)

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011 His official biography will be out on October 24th.





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