But he wasn't God. And I'm getting sick of hearing the adulation.
I remember Apple products back to the early 80s when I had a college friend whose family went into the software business and had one of the earliest Apple computers running a basic kids program called "Lemonade Stand"
I had an Apple II+ running game programs 23 years ago when I came down here to work in the library.
I remember getting the money from the Friends to upgrade to a IIGS, and going to the computer store to buy it, and putting it together. And the thrill of the wonderful new games.
Back in those days Apple was reliable, AFFORDABLE and highly user friendly:
Steve Jobs and company used to make wonderful, usable, affordable educational products.
But bit by bit, or perhaps "byte by byte", their products became status symbol toys for the well to do.
Expensive and proprietary.
And they are planned for obsolescence, because they know that the Apple fanboys and girls will buy each super duper new model the minute it hits the shelves, so it doesn't have to last long.
Every time a new Apple product comes out and the NY Times does a piece like it's the Second Coming, I think of dear Oliver Wendell Jones of "Bloom County", trashing his "Banana Jr 6000" computer when the new model with "TINT CONTROL!" comes out. Sheesh........
I don't ever recall hearing about Steve Jobs making huge charitable contributions of the wealth his company produced. Indeed, when I went searching today, what I found was an article about how Jobs canceled Apple's charitable programs when he returned to the company and a lot of excuses to the tune of "entrepeneurs who make good don't owe the public anything" and "Jobs probably felt that he was helping poverty more by improving quality of life with his inventions".
Now, I'm not knocking what PCs have done for every part of our lives. Hell, I'm writing a blog on a computer while listening to the BBC World Service on the computer, so I'm part of that revolution.
But please tell me how a $500 IPhone is going to improve the lives of a family in the 3rd World whose annual income doesn't even come close to $500. How an IPad bought by a rich white American family to help enrich the lives of their privileged little offspring is going to benefit kids in places where the kids don't have books, or perhaps even pens and pencils and paper?
SC does have an IPod. But only because she managed to kill 2 or 3 MP3 players, and it's a heckuva lot easier to go and have an IPod fixed by a "genius" at the Apple Store than to deal with Sansa or other such companies.
But when her IPod's cord died--and it did within a few months, I also had to go to the Apple Store(a place that makes my skin crawl) to buy a replacement, because reliable replacements are ONLY available through Apple.
Meanwhile the rest of us have Sansa MP3 players that cost less than $100 and have cords so reliable we have extras from earlier players!
And the girls and I have Toshiba computers. Computers that run Windows. By Microsoft.
Where some of the profits go to the Gates Foundation, that helps kids all around the world. The sort of kids that Steve Jobs wouldn't have cared about.
Because their families wouldn't have been in the market for IPads. Or IPhones. Or IPods. Or I-anything.