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He Thought Different

Back before every one of the company’s pronouncements became an event, way back in January 1984, Steve Jobs showed off the brand-new Macintosh:

In 2001, he introduced the iPod:

We’d be remiss if, as a community of nerds, we didn’t take a moment to reflect on Steve Jobs’ passing. It’s hard to deny his impact while I write this on a MacBook Pro with an iPod Touch and iPod Classic within reach, ready to order an iPhone 4S in days. And whether you’re an Apple fanboy or not, whether you use an iOS device or something else, however you look at Apple, there are very few people with as singular a vision or who leave a legacy quite like his. Rest in peace, Steve, and thanks for the insane greatness.

(UPDATE: BoingBoing’s tribute is that the site, as of Wednesday evening, sports a design like the original Macintosh screen, in glorious black-and-white. Very fitting)

(UPDATE II: Wired.com’s GadgetLab has a nice gallery of Jobs’ greatest accomplishments.  Yes, Pixar’s on there)

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25 comments

  • There is no way in hell any human is capable of doing/inventing the things this man has done that have created the landscape of our silcon age we see before us. There have always been key singular people to make large advancements in technology in our world from day one. im a firm believer that they have all been greatly helped out by outer spiecial beings that know which direction we need to take in order to achieve what they already know. Time travellers/aliens/ paranormal/ High societys. There is something allowing for these changes as much as i would like to admit they did it themselves. The man is and was great!

    P.S through this unfortunate passing my theory on how cancer develops and spreads has almost been completely proven :D i smile only because if i can get the right people to listen i can make a difference in the world and help prevent cancer, but it goes against alot of things we`ve come to love today.
    P.P.S i wish i was crazy

  • I was never a fan of Apple products. They were overpriced and over hyped in my opinion. Never the less, I was saddened to hear of his death this morning. A great loss for the tech world. RIP Steve.

  • Well, only Apple product that I ever used is iTunes, never liked iPods [they always seem too fragile and too fucking expensive], never used Mac [and never understood the snobbism of its fans], but this still kinda saddens me. I mean, of course it’s always sad and tragic when someone dies, but this is sad because one of the symbols of modern age has passed.
    RIP

  • So sad about Steve Jobs’ passing. He’s done so much for our society, and not just the world of technology. There was a comment by Obama today saying how that the greatest tribute to Steve Jobs was the fact that so many people found out of his passing through devices that he invented. I’ve always been a fan of the iPods (still prefer PC over Macs though), and I honestly wouldn’t know where I would be without my iPod. Using the same crap-ass-barely-1-gb-mp3-player from years ago maybe. I’ve personally never been a Mac user but I can appreciate what Steve Jobs has done with all his hard work. The man was a true visionary and won’t be forgotten. May he rest in peace, and I hope his family finds peace as well.

  • It was always a big thing when Mr.Jobs made an announcement because you knew whatever it was that he was about to announce was going to be amazing. I’ll miss that even thought I know Apple will still continue, it will not feel the same to me. I am saddened by this news. If he had not made iPod we might all have zunes right now.

  • Say what you will about the company and their cultish followers. The man made a huge impact in all of our lives and technology, movies, animation, EVERYTHING would not be what it is today if he was not the man he was. I fear the future may become a stagnant place without his driving singular vision. he drove the future and drove the competition.

    R.I.P. Genius!

  • I remember playing Sim City back on the Quadra, buying my first iPod, and my first Apple laptop. I was the kid in fifth grade that knew who Steve Jobs was. My life would have turned out incredibly different if Mr. Jobs hadn’t had a hand in so many of the amazing products that inspired me.

  • damm, i spent most of my childhood playing and programing on the apple][e so i'v always been fond of the apple line, wow it's all been said here already, so i'm going to mourn in the fashion of playing some of my old games on the apple][e, look out OG Mario Bros

  • I’m not an Apple person myself, but Steve Jobs was a genius. If it wasn’t for him most of the tech today would probably still be in development or not as advanced. I, like most of the world, respect this man so much. Also, I love Pixar.

  • I’ve been a fan since I was a kid and I learned what a computer was by taking a class on an Apple IIe. I took a Mac Classic II to college. Had a slew of iMacs, eMacs, and MacBooks. Typing this on a MacBook Pro, while my iPhone sits next to me, my iPod charges, and Toy Story is ready to be played on Apple TV. But what *really* has made a difference for my family is how the iPhone, then iPad revolutionized the way people with disabilities can learn and communicate. I have a 4yo daughter with Down syndrome who can read, count, and communicate because the apps available on the iPhone and iPad were able to reach her in a way that we couldn’t. Making touch screen technology portable, easy to use, and affordable to families is an astounding contribution. I will be forever grateful to Steve Jobs and the Apple family for this. I hope he knew what a difference he made for families like mine.

  • It is hard to believe that he passed. Steve Jobs did so much for technology and to think that he could just be here one day and gone the next is staggering to me. RIP Mr. Jobs, you will be missed.

  • Apple products aside, this guy helped shape most of my childhood through film. If he had never been the madman that he was to get Pixar up on its feet, I don’t know how I would have turned out not having the experiences of Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo (yeah, I’m a youngin’). Everyone keeps talking about his legacy with Apple, but there was a lot more to him. Rest in peace, Steve, you will never be forgotten.

  • I never was quite a fan of Apple products; to put it simply, I despise most of them. However, the man had a ridiculous understanding of the inner workings of the business world and was able to bring a company from the brink of bankruptcy to a market dominating machine, and for that I admire him.