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Thank you Steve Jobs

I had to take a moment today for a quick note about Steve Jobs:

Last night when I heard that Steve Jobs had lost his fight with cancer, I had a lot of memories wash over me of how Jobs and his amazing gifts have touched my life, and the lives of millions around the world.

I remembered the podcasts that I download every day for listening at work, and the pleasure and information they provide me as I go about the drudgery that sometimes is software testing.

I remembered the movies and music that I had loaded a couple of years ago onto our Macbook while my wife Elizabeth was sick, and which sustained us both as she underwent chemotherapy treatments. The two of us would huddle around and watch ‘The Best of Will Ferrell’ or ‘The Big Lebowski’ and laugh, even as the poisonous medicine dripped slowly into her veins.  And the two of us would sitting together in the treatment room,  listening through dual ear buds to Bob Marley telling us “Don’t worry” and that “Every little thing is gonna be alright…”. And we did not worry. And it was alright

I remembered the Arab Spring and its flow of information through social media via smart phones, and how the rest of us watched on our Macbooks and iPods in awe as brave people stood up to tyrants in far away places.

And I remembered how the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ men and women putting out hourly updates on iPhones and Macbooks, and how I and others commented on their struggle (our struggle) in social media and through comments sections on news sites.

Thank you Steve Jobs. You have enriched our lives with your sense of innovation, your drive at excellence and your aesthetic sensibility. I never met you, and I am only now learning much about your personal life. But you will be missed by so many who like me knew you only threw your wonderful gadgets. You are being aptly compared to Edison and Ford. But I like to think of you as a bit like a real-life Willy Wonka – crafting your wonderful inventions and innovations for your own joy as much as for the rest of us. You seemed to so often know what we wanted before we knew. You took the most unromantic and even dull – Computers and software – and made magic out of them. You showed us that technology could be warm and enlightening instead of cold and unfeeling. Rest in peace Mr. Jobs.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it”                  -Willy Wonka-

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