I'm sitting here on my couch, typing this post on an iPad. My wife is sitting next to me checking her email on a MacBook Air. The sleep light on my MacBook Pro slowly breaths on the shelf across the room. Upstairs, my daughters sleep, an iPod sitting on their shelf. All the while our iMac is regenerating itself from a Time Machine backup after being repaired at the Apple Store earlier today.
It's an understatement to say that Steve Jobs has had an influence on my life. My professional careers have been entirely based on building and creating ideas with the tools that he and his team at Apple provided. Without them I would not be the person I am today.
All I can say is thank you for everything Steve. You may be gone but your legacy and spirit will live on in the company you worked so hard to create and in the millions of people who you touched through your ideas and actions.
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. - Steve Jobs
Some thoughts from others:
- Wired.com, by By Steven Levy
- What We've Lost and What We've Gained, by Fred Wilson
- Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot, by John Gruber
- Steve Jobs, by John Boardley
- Don't Settle, by Simon Collison
- Farewell Mr Jobs, by Christopher Murphy
- For Steve, by Frank Chimero
- Steve Jobs, by Mark Boulton
- Steve Jobs, by Elliot Jay Stocks
- Thank You, by Sarah Parmenter
- Parting Advice from Steve Jobs, by Jeremy Zawodny