Steve Jobs: Dead at 56

Steve Jobs died today of pancreatic cancer in an undisclosed location. There’s a “he’s in the cloud now” joke there somewhere, but I don’t have the heart.

I’ve never been a big Apple fan. The cultishness of Apple followers, not to mention the exorbitant price of the machines, turned me off. Nonetheless, the man revolutionized some stuff. After he was tossed out of his own company, he started another (Next) which developed the tools for a new fangled thingy called the “Internet.” He helped start Pixar. While he didn’t invent MP3 players or SmartPhone technology, The iPod and iPhone did make the sci-fi future (I can put ALL the songs in this thing?) common place. Remember the 80’s when Video Phones were a thing, they cost $3,000 and only worked to call other wealthy Video Phone owners (there were twelve in the country, if I remember correctly). Now the guy who lives at the bus stop and swears Satan gave him public lice has one.

He might have been a great guy; he might have been a bastard. Depending on your point of view, he either left the world a better, brighter place or a crappier place where we all sealed ourselves into virtual bubbles and lost the ability relate to other human beings in the physical world.

Somewhere in the world some other 56-year-old man died today. You’ll never know his name. That’s not to trivialize his, or Steve Jobs passing. Just a reminder that whether you change the world or toil in obscurity, we all end up in the same place.

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