05 October 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

For those who know me personally or who have read my previous posts here, they know that I have been ardently opposed to Apple's totalitarian business practices. Often in my opposition, the former CEO of the company was often the unfortunate figurehead for which I would thrust upon my dissatisfaction. What I have not said in times past publicly, however, is that I do respect the man and what he has done for the world.
I have not ever personally met Steve Jobs, and few probably ever have, but even as a non-Apple user, I became aware of the presence of the company he created. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, under his leadership he brought Apple back from the brink of death to become one of the most powerful tech and (now) entertainment companies in the world. People have often said that his contributions to the company's products were "creative and innovative," but I instead attribute his creativity and innovation more in line with his business practices. He truly was a genius businessman and knew how to deliver cutting-edge technology to the average consumer and how to protect his company's financial future - a father figure to be sure.
I respect the man for the tremendous conglomerate he helped create. I respect the man for his honorable fight against cancer. And I give my sincerest condolences to his family and close friends for their great loss. He leaves a lasting legacy and was one of the last living legends in technology. Without a shadow of a doubt, he will be missed.

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