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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Farewell to an iCon

Doubtless by now you've heard that Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, has passed away after a long and harrowing battle with cancer.

Quite honestly, we've never owned any Apple products. We don't have a Mac, or an iPhone, or an iPad, or an iPod... but I admired Jobs' legendary status as an iCon. The man truly was visionary, a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci (as one article put it).

So this morning out of curiosity, I logged onto the website and saw this very simple tribute, which I thought was beautiful:

Here are some photos:

May you rest in peace, Mr. Jobs.


  1. What most people forget is that when he was out of Apple he started another computer company - NeXTStep. It was an awesome system - a complete system . The NeXTStep computer controlled all of the peripherals and showed icons on the screen showing the status such as if the printer was out of paper or low on toner, or if the network connection was down. I don't know why it didn't go but while it lasted it was, in my opinion, the best computer on the market.There is a good wright up at

  2. I don't have anything Apple either, but these tributes are really nice.

    Just Me

  3. I pray that Mr. Jobs does rest in peace, with a hope that he trusted in Christ before he died.


  4. Well we've had several iMac's, Macbooks, I have an iPod and I am in desperate want of an iPad...this in addition to the previous Macintosh computers that we had. =) Oh yeah, there was a Sony Vaio for a little while too. We had to get rid of that because it ended up getting viruses and it wasn't worth it to us to fix it. We gave it to a friend of ours. All of our Mac's are able to be used to this day if we boot them up. They don't usually get any kind of virus and they are excellent little machines. Plus they are so easy to learn. You can pretty much pull them out of the box, plug them in and start working if you know what you're doing. And if you don't, it won't take you long to figure it out.

    Steve Jobs was fanatical about Mac's...I heard someone say something to the effect of how Bill Gates would release a computer system and not worry about how it wouldn't be quite right until the 3rd time, but Steve Jobs wanted it right the first time. =) He was very hard on his employees, from what I've heard, but I'll tell you what, they have to be the best of the best in order to stay working for him and they must be great at what they do since his standards were so high. He is one person who has made a huge impact on the world and I will miss knowing that he is at the helm of my preferred computer company.

    Let's not even get started talking about Pixar and how he has totally changed the way we think about animated movies. The man was a genius.

    JW--from the show I saw today, the Nextstep didn't last because it was too expensive. I think they said it was something like $6000 - $8000 and people just couldn't afford it. Steve Jobs actually ended up losing all of the money he had made from Apple up to that time because of that company. He ended up switching from focusing on the personal computer to focusing on the software, I believe, and then Apple actually bought Nextstep and Steve Jobs was back at Apple where he belonged.

  5. My parents got an Apple IIe when I was 12 or something. I sat at it with books and manuals open, and learned how to get the thing to do all kinds of things. My mom would open it to expand the memory and such.

    Both of my parents went into programming around that time, and I learned all kinds of things. I took computer classes at school, learned various computer languages, and learned to program. Then more in college. I was going to major in some area of computer programming, but then God dropped me into a Bible college, where I met the man I married a short time later.

    I never became a programmer, but I know I'm doing what God wants me to as a stay-at-home mom and homeschooler. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

    I never lost my interest in computers, though. I still enjoy tinkering with them. I fix them, I remove viruses, I rescue friends' memories from crashed hard drives. I've even built two computers, and plan to build a third soon.

    And it all started with an Apple IIe.

    I have no idea the condition of Steve Jobs' soul at his death, but I do hope he is with the Lord.

  6. @Vicki and JW...the nextstep sounds amazing (i wasn't familiar with it until now)...maybe apple will give it another go pushed w/ the help of it having been Steve Jobs vision...