Goodbye Steve Jobs and thanks for all the insanely great Apple stuff

Yesterday Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer. Back in 1976 he helped found Apple Computer. Since then he’s been the visionary and leader who has been responsible for Apple bringing us insanely great products such as the Mac, the iPhone, the iPad and much other hardware and software.

Steve Jobs on the Apple Home Page.

Steve Jobs on the Apple Home Page.

Without Apple products there would be no MacTips, and I want to say: Thanks to Jobs and all who help bring us this fabulous gear.

In the last 22 years I’ve earned a lot of my income helping people learn about their Apple products. I’ve met a great many interesting people through that work.

In that time I’ve been using and loving the Mac stuff I own and it’s enabled me to be productive, to have fun, to connect with people near and far.

Steve Jobs vision and leadership has made that possible. He will be sorely missed. He made a difference.

There are many tributes and memorials appearing at the moment. Here are two items I’ve come across that I want to share.

The first is an XKCD cartoon.

Eterenal Flame.

There's always the hope that if you sit and watch for long enough, the beachball will vanish and the thing it interrupted will return.

You may need to know that the circular building approximates the shape of the new Apple campus. The spinning ‘beachball’ of course is what so many of us have seen while we wait for our computer to finish doing something.

The second item is a video showing Steve Jobs introducing the first Mac in 1984. Watch and listen to the audience reaction.


The last thing I want to mention is my hairdresser. She’s not into computers. She has one but doesn’t use it because she just doesn’t find them interesting. She loves her iPhone. She loves it so much she now also owns and loves her iPad.

Thank you Steve Jobs and the Apple team.

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