Goodbye, Steve.

RIP Steve Jobs

For those that knew the man, he was stern and unyielding with a vision that demanded only excellence and little compromise.  For those that knew him, and those that did not, it's unmistakable that he has had a positive impact on the lives of so many.

Look around you right now, you may have several Apple appliances within arm's reach.  Your iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mac Book, or Apple //e maybe.  Now look around again, look at the people near you.  They too have some of these things.  Even if they don't support Apple's products, the ones they use were heavily influenced, if indirectly, by Steve's leadership.  But stop for a moment and look.

Children the world over laugh and smile at the imagination and creativity of Pixar, which he made happen.  The recording industry, which provides the music that plays the sound track to our lives, was saved by iTunes.  All of those cubicles filled with armies of geeks.  All of those data centers filled with servers that make all the magic on the Internet happen.  His vision, along with those he surrounded himself with, inspired so very many of us.  All the millions of jobs created due to this inspiration, in a great part, by a man, named Jobs.

He didn't stop to announce things that he had no involvement in such as  "inventing the Internet", nor did he take time from driving a massive corporation to success except to get on stage, in a simple black turtleneck and what appeared to be comfortable jeans, and marvel with us at the latest creations and advancements of his company.   I can tell you from personal experience that every feature, every nuance, every detail was reviewed and approved by him.  He said it best:

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works

-- Steve Jobs

He lived life even knowing the true limits of his own mortality.  And reading the selected quotes posted by so many on Facebook and twitter, one realizes that it was that vision to live, to do, and to take risks that shall define him.  Because it did define him. 

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

-- Steve Jobs from his Stanford University commencement address, June 2005

So I am left saying simply, "goodbye, and thank you."