Steve Jobsas Apple CEO this week, prompting a flood of retrospectives about the legendary businessman who rewrote the rules of the game for entire industries.
Many waxed nostalgic over the brilliant arc of Jobs' career, which has been brought low by health problems. Heck, it even made me want to dig out my Apple IIc, my first computer, and see if it can still boot Beyond Castle Wolfenstein.
From the co-founding of Apple in 1976 to the launch of the iPad in 2010, Jobs redefined our relationship to technology by introducing innovative products that have become intuitive and indispensable everyday tools.
Who would have thought that people actually wanted to own computers? And carry them around in their pockets, no less?
Apart from Apple, his achievements include the acquisition of what became Pixar, as well as the object-oriented software development model that changed the OS landscape.
"I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it," Jobs wrote in his announcement this week. If that's true, Apple will continue to change our lives profoundly.
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