So I wouldn’t be your Mother Geek without saying a few things about a man who completely reconstructed technology from the ground up; technology being one of very few loves in this world, and the only thing that is inanimate. I got home around 8:15PM tonight, and at a glance, I checked my Facebook. It only took a quick look to see someone’s status scrawled the words “Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs”. Now, being a girl of past experiences, sick people love hoaxes, gullible people love gossip. So to Google I went. Sure enough, a 10 second Google search revealed that our fellow Apple legend had passed, age 56. I immediately began to yell “HOLY CRAP” at a very high volume, concerning fellow family in the surrounding rooms. I couldn’t believe it. I also couldn’t believe the unfathomable state my brain was in. I felt down, sad, and empty. Why? I never met this man. I never saw him face to face. I’m not a die hard Apple fan, but have used and enjoyed many Apple products. Why would I be feeling this way? I’ve never shook hands with him, or even been in the same room, yet I felt as if I had just lost a distant friend. I have a rather simple explanation, or so I think. I believe anyone who has been able to shape the way for technology that I was raised with and came to love, as well as helped shaped the future for the way technology is for my children, he is a person who has left something behind in this world, even though he is gone. I idolize these type of people, and inspire to be one. I believe in the end, if I die and no one knows of my name 50 -100 years from now, everything will have been in vain. It’s just the way I see things.
Now on to tell you a little story in remembrance of Steve Jobs:
In 1972, a man by the name of Bill English invented what was known as the first ball mouse, while working for a well-known company known as Xerox. Xerox and it’s employee’s laughed at the mouse idea, stating any device with the name “mouse” would be unsuccessful, and had no potential. So, being the snarky creatures they were, they simply said “Here! Let Apple play with it! It’s no good.” And so Apple gracefully took in the Mouse will all it’s glory, and helped pave the way to what has become a Trillion-dollar idea and product. During the mouse’s first peak at sales, Xerox regretted ever selling the idea to Apple. Xerox then sued Apple, saying they “stole” the idea and rights to the mouse, and that Xerox never did any such thing as selling it to them. After going to court, Apple won the case, because they did indeed have writing giving them ownership to the Mouse concept. LIKE A BOSS.
…Also this quote from President Obama:
“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”