The staff of TechnoBuffalo would like to take a few moments to share our thoughts and memories on the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family.
Jon Rettinger – President
It’s tough to put in words what Steve Jobs passing means to me. While I was never fortunate enough to meet the man, he changed the world, and on a personal level, my life. My very first YouTube video was an unboxing of a MacBook Pro, a video that launched my tech career. Prior to my life as a tech journalist, I was in Marketing, and was miserable. Mr. Jobs products inspired my inner geek, and ultimately led me down the path I’m on now. The man was a visionary, a modern age DaVinci, and he will be sorely missed.
Noah Kravitz – Editor-at-Large
Several years ago I lost a friend and colleague to pancreatic cancer. Not less than two years after I met and started working with him, Kim was diagnosed, battled through treatments, and succumbed to the disease. It’s a nasty, nasty illness. Kim and I worked together at a school where we taught and maintained the Mac lab and the Mac network used by faculty and students across the campus. Thinking about Steve Jobs and my own relationship to Apple through my career as a tech journalist and educational technologist is like flipping through a documentary movie of my life – I see the various publications I’ve written for, the schools I’ve worked in, and the many, many Macs, iPhones and other Apple products I’ve used, reviewed, and helped others get more out of. It’s pretty amazing. But today I keep stopping the mental film reel at the part where my friend Kim was telling me about the final days of his fight with pancreatic cancer. Far removed from working a regular schedule, Kim had come into the school one afternoon to deal with a few things. We sat in the computer lab and talked. He looked thin, hollowed out, ravaged by a sickness that was literally eating away at his body. But he was at peace, his eyes lively and his mind sharp and his countenance zen-like. . He’d gotten to a point where he knew what was coming and was spending the time he had left with his family and conducting a series of late-night Skype conversations with his old friends across the globe in Europe – the important stuff. The news of Steve Jobs’ death made me sad for the tech community – which, really, is much of the world these days. And it made me sad for my friend Kim, his family, and the community at our school that he left behind. But Kim had made peace with his fate. I gather Steve had, too. And the world is a much better place for having had them both around, if only for too short a time.
Sean P. Aune – Editor-in-Chief
I remember thinking the first time someone called me an Apple fanboy, “You’re crazy, the only Apple product I own is an iPod Mini!” Then it happened again … and again … and again. The funny part was that I didn’t buy my first Mac until 2010, I’ve yet to own an iPhone and my iPod purchases have been more about being able to play my music when and where I wanted. But then it finally hit me why people would confuse me with an Apple fanboy: I was a Steve Jobs fanboy.
It wasn’t about the products he made, it was about the man himself. I have long been fascinated with his life’s story, and I greatly admired his business acumen. He was one of those rare individuals you could truly call a “genius” and mean it.
Quite often when someone changes the world it takes years if not decades to realize what they have done, but Jobs was one of those rare individuals that you could tell him to his face, “You, sir, have changed the world.”
There will be many more people to come in the future who will change the world of technology, but there will never be another Steve Jobs. And as for me, I am, always have been, and always will be, able to proudly call myself a “Steve Jobs fan boy.”
Joey Davidson – Senior Editor
Before becoming a member of the tech world by way of starting as TechnoBuffalo’s gaming writer, I knew very little about the subject. Steve Jobs, before the iPhone was unveiled in 2007, meant nothing to me. I mean that with the sincerest amount of respect … the man simply didn’t register on my radar.
However, seeing him present the iPhone on that day in January brought me to a level of understanding I’d never had for him or his company before. I grew up hating Apple, but Jobs and his company’s magical phone changed my mind. The man gave off an air of genuine vision, passion and creativity, and it is downright undeniable that our world today has felt his presence in a huge way.
For the TechnoBuffalo staff, I may represent the writer that knows the least about Jobs. Despite that, I’ll always consider myself a fan of his life and career. He will be missed.
Adriana Lee – Lifestyle Editor
There is no doubt that Steve Jobs left an indelible mark on the face of the computer, consumer electronics and animation industries. The adopted son of a Mountain View, CA, family, Steve had humble beginnings, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a world-renowned business and technological visionary. It’s easy to watch his old keynotes and forget his human side beyond all the hype, but in this 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, he paid homage to the man behind the machines. He revealed himself to be a fighter, an artist and a dreamer. And whether we realize it or not, his dreams have influenced the way we live in innumerable ways. He will be sorely missed.
Mike Perlman – Editor
When I heard that Steve died last night, I immediately thought of John Lennon. Though the circumstances around the deaths were quite different, our losses on this planet are similar. In the music industry, no one could ever replace John Lennon, and no one ever will. The same goes for Steve in the technology world. Jobs was unparalleled and will never be matched. We lost him too early on, just like we did with Lennon. Why do the best ones have to go early? Perhaps their spirits are needed in other dimensions or in other solar systems. Whatever the case, Steve Jobs will go down as the greatest man in consumer technology, and his legend will eternally illuminate the generations to come.
Dave Cryer – Contributing Editor
Personally, I started out using boring beige or grey boxes, even the revolutionary Amiga that I loved so much, was that same uninspiring colour. When the Mac was born, my life changed forever. It fulfilled all of my computing needs with such elegance. Then, looking back to my first ever video on The Geekanoids Channel, that too was a case for an Apple product. So without Apple, I would most likely be in a completely different place now, living a completely different life.
I don’t mind admitting that when I heard the news I actually cried. The first thing that I envisioned was the picture I have of Steve on my studio wall. Many viewers criticised me, saying that was just plain weird, having a picture of someone I don’t even know hanging on my wall. Well, for me that picture is staying… even though Steve is gone, his ambition and drive definitely live on with me. I might not be able to influence the world as much as the great man himself, but whenever I look at that picture I remember what a great person he was. It will give me the strength to strive to make the world a better place and to share as much of my knowledge and love for technology with others.
Steve changed so many people’s lives and shaped the way technology is used in everyday life. The way Steve spoke, the way he pushed the boundaries of technology and the people around him, was sometimes looked upon as arrogance. What he was actually doing was living each day as though it was his last. That is why everything he did was so insanely great and that is the way I try to lead my life too.
Next to my late Dad who I lost when I was a teenager, Steve Jobs was, and still is the second most inspirational person in my life. My thoughts go out to Steve’s family, friends and work colleagues. I know how much it hurts to lose someone so close to you and I truly feel your sadness.
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