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The tech world loses a visionary

Submitted by Ryan P.C. McQuen on October 30, 2011 – 10:54 pmNo Comment

Steve Jobs, the unabashed leader of the tech world, saw the world through a transformation of desktop computers to tablets, CD players to iPods, and his legacy shaped the future in a way no other technology figure has.

The thing that made Steve Jobs so successful was his understanding of integration and consistency. Spend any amount of time using an iPhone or iPad, and you see the seamless integration of technology and functionality. To use Job’s own mantra, any Apple product “just works.”

Although he fought pancreatic cancer since 2004, according to Time magazine, he continued to lead Apple and vigorously present Apple’s new hardware iterations. Perhaps one of Jobs’ most crowning achievements is the iPad, so popular it is beginning to displace laptops as a mobile consumption and creation device. When using the iPad you see what transparent technology feels like, you begin to not notice the device you are using and the focus shifts to the content. Jobs understood the seamless experience.

To see the power of Jobs as a speaker, watch any Apple keynote, available on Apple’s website or YouTube. It will give you a glimpse of how Apple thinks as a company. Apple products present the personification of Jobs’ imagination.

Jobs was an interesting character. To discover some of his many idiosyncrasies, look at Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs. Isaacson exposes Jobs variety of diets (fasting often, eating only fruits and vegetables, and other oddities) and some strange personality traits. For instance, Jobs never had a license plate. He would lease a new car every six months so that he never had to purchase a license plate for it (Jobs did not like the appearance of license plates). He is a technology rock star the likes of which we may never have again. Whatever your thoughts on Apple, the world is a sadder place without the presence of Jobs.

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