If you got the idea of empowering people through a friendly, logical computer interface, you’ve liked this guy for a long time.
If you got the idea that UNIX power should have a mainstream use, you’ve liked this guy for a long time.
If you or your kids enjoy certain computer animation films, you’ve liked this guy for a long time.
If you appreciate the design that goes into products that become an extension or a tool, rather than an enemy, you’ve liked this guy for a long time.
If you appreciate progressive business ideals (at least for america) you’ve liked this guy for a long time.
If you think all of the above is crap and he’s just another business man trying to make a buck, you’ve come to appreciate this guy recently.
Today he announced he was unable to continue as CEO. Cancer is a bitch, even to one of the most compelling business leaders the world has seen in generations.
15 years ago the company he founded was a punch line in the very industry it created. Then Think Different happened. iMac. iPod. iPhone. iTouch. iPad. A 10-year run even the biggest fan boy couldn’t have imagined.
The man’s grand design came together and prevailed over FUD.
All that said, the iCloud is on the horizon, and my friends and I have taken to calling it SkyNet. Apple without Jobs could possibly revert to bad strategies.