On Steve Jobs, Apple, and changing the world
I have only ever owned one Apple product. It is my sleek, black 30G iPod Video. I love it. But I’ve never been a Mac person, in the sense of those Mac people who obsess about Apple products and criticize us fools who use PC laptops (you obviously don’t edit video or use photoshop, I’m told, to which I respond, no, I don’t). Five years later my iPod’s headphone jack is now loose, and doesn’t work very well. But it’s a wonderful consumer product, and I’ll buy another one.
Last night, talking Mrs. TRC, I probably over-stated the life of Jobs when I said something along the lines of: “Seriously, Steve Jobs is like Guttenberg. He made things that changed life for everyone on the planet.” Though this is clearly the hyperbole of several pints of Summit and a bit of surprise at the news, I do think there is almost an incomparable reach achieved by Steve Jobs, who achieved such status as an innovator and a CEO, not a politician or an athlete or actor. I’m not a techie, and I don’t love Apple products. But it is not hard to see how Steve Jobs changed the world.