Steve Jobs
posted: October 5, 2011

I just heard (on my iPhone) that Steve Jobs has passed away. What a shame.
When I find yet another use for my iPhone I always think to myself, half jokingly, "Thank you Steve". I think this is a huge loss not only for gadget geeks like me, but for business and our economy as well. While it might have appeared that he was leading the race towards the new, what he was really doing was riding herd, cracking the whip, getting others to keep up in the direction he chose.
What Jobs did best was to let people know what they wanted before they knew they did. The ipod, imac, iphone, etc., are all game changers born of one man's vision. He didn't believe in focus groups, instead relying on his own tastes. I can tell you that being involved in a creative field that is a surprisingly rare quality. I wonder what fabulous, useful new technolgies we won't be using because Steve Jobs is no longer driving towards the edge. He was a true giant, the kind of visionary America likes to boast to the world about and I'll miss the magic he brought to what was previously a very dry, gray industry.
Zimm October 5, 2011
Best tech-mind of a generation, hands down, no questions asked. I feel like we've lost a member of our family. Thanks Dale, for a worthy tribute to a man who changed everything for everyone reading this.
Paul B October 6, 2011
We will miss him for sure. Perhaps he could be remembered for producing things that started out as "wouldnt it be cool if...." (made on a Mac)
Andy Ward October 6, 2011
Lovely piece Dale and what vision he had. RIP the mac daddy.
Steve Brodner October 6, 2011
Today we realize how much he meant. Perhaps the most influential man on earth. Thinking about the modernity of Jobs and how the most up to the minute designs will seem quaint in another year. But no updates from him. Alas.
Victor Juhasz October 6, 2011
It's impossible to estimate the effect Jobs has had and will continue to have, so enormous has it been. I suspect that Apple will find itself lost for quite some time. Smart techies are not uncommon. Visionaries are a different story altogether. Beautiful piece. Moses indeed. Except he also was the god dictating the commandments.
Richard Borge October 6, 2011
Nice piece Dale. I echo the sentiments above. When I first used a Mac it was in grad school at Univ. of Arizona. They had a single Mac2 locked in one of the teacher's office, and I was able to get a special key (since I was a grad student and showed interest) to get into the room to use it. That key was the holy grail, and a glimpse into the future.
Greg Clarke October 6, 2011
Well said Dale. The world is an emptier place today.
Katherine Streeter October 6, 2011
great piece Dale, yes.. so sad. we all owe him so many thanks...