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GUEST,The Lamenting Whelk Obit: Steve Jobs (1955-2011) (39) RE: Obit: Steve Jobs 06 Oct 11

As a graphic designer, the first time I saw a Mac Plus in action I new my life would change. It's hard to recall just how profound a paradigm shift the Apple Mac caused in the 1980's. I knew I could concentrate on the job in hand rather than spend hours doing finished artwork and paste-up, have all those typefaces at my disposal . . . it was a wonderful feeling.

I've used Macs ever since. A total Apple fanboy and proud. Where Jobs lead, others merely followed in his wake. He was responsible for all these wonderful Star-Trek gadgets that we now take for granted, driving innovation even so his competitors struggled to keep up. They might have had faster components, better this and that, but it's what they did with them that matters and no-one comes near Apple for innovation. Jobs understood that getting the job done and making things easy was important, he made powerful technology simple to use.

I doubt we'll see his like again. In today's crass commercial world innovators like Jobs would be pushed out by bean counters and the countless, talentless hangers-on in middle-mamagement, sales and projects who thrive in large corporations these days, feeding on the abilities of the talented few for their own benefit.

Steve Jobs has passed, RIP. A golden age of technological innovation has passed, and that should be mourned too.

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