How Steve Jobs and Apple dented the digital universe

“The second, and possibly final, conclusion of Steve Jobs run as Apple’s CEO shook the world in ways that would only surprise those still not paying attention,” Nathan Evans writes for Popzara.

“His sudden retirement from the company he helped found, no doubt brought upon by what many are calling a re-occurrence of his pancreatic cancer, despite a well-publicized liver transplant in 2009,” Evans writes. “The news stole headlines, and for good reason; he wasn’t just the most popular CEO in the world, but also the best. Since rejoining Apple in 1997, he helped steer the increasingly irrelevant fruit company from the trash bin of history and turned it into the most valuable in the world.”

Evans writes “Steve Jobs is among the last of a generation that not only created the computer revolution, but became that uniquely American symbol of it. His archetypical twin, Bill Gates, may have been the world’s richest man and Father of Windows, but it was Jobs who provided the spark that would forever change the digital landscape. It was his insistence that computers and technology themselves could be beautiful, in both design and function, that led to several revolutions in how we consume – and create – the world around us. From typeface to music, to novels and games and everything in-between, Jobs assumed the role of the tech world’s Prometheus, and did so with a personality and style so convincingly and unabashedly charismatic that some dubbed it the ‘reality distortion field.'”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.
 

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]

16 Comments

  1. Re the RDF, I’ve always felt Steve’s brazen exultant declarations of truth were refreshing bold anchors to reality.

    The garbage spewing from others was the distortion.

  2. > The second, and possibly final, conclusion of Steve Jobs run as Apple’s CEO shook the world…

    Steve Jobs only had ONE “run” as Apple’s CEO.

    > His sudden retirement from the company he helped found, no doubt brought upon by what many are calling a re-occurrence of his pancreatic cancer

    “No doubt”? Pure speculation.

      1. In addition to the “Photoshop” thought, who can prove that these are recent? Maybe they were taken back during the time of the liver transplant surgery, when his condition was probably at its worst.

        Also, he DID work a full day on his last day as CEO, at Apple HQ, and attend the Board meeting in person to present his resignation and ask that he be made Chairman.

    1. Absolutely.
      He knew exactly how to sale a product and an idea and his father new exactly how to read & write a contract.
      Did Bill create anything? Nope, he just saw how to make a different mouse trap and new how to sell it. It didn’t matter to him if it was good or if it worked, just that it sold and he could lock you into a system, that once in you couldn’t afford to get out of.

      My 2 cents.

        1. Compaq reverse engineering the BIOS and essentially creating the PC commodity market was a major component.

          I think MS would have lost if they were confined to IBM hardware only.

  3. How ever great Jobs and Apple are — they could be greater.
    The stuff Jobs threw out and was stolen made people billionaires.
    And the future was made from such a shortsighted person.

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