07 October 2011

STEVE JOBS 1955~2011

Two days ago, a titan passed from our midst. Computer pioneer and tech innovator Steve Jobs was the source of a flood of products ~ the first commercially successful personal computers by Macintosh, followed by digitally-animated movies at Pixar, then (back at Apple Inc.) the iPod portable music player, the iPhone smart phone, and the iPad tablet computer. He modeled and encouraged visionary thinking, as expressed in this exerpt from his commencement address at Stanford University in 2005 ~

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma ~ which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. The rest is secondary."

Jobs once remarked that each day after his cancer diagnosis, when he woke up and looked in the mirror, he asked himself if what he was about to do was how he wanted to spend his last day on earth. His passing is mourned around the globe.

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