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Monday, November 14, 2011

Steve Jobs

Here is a tribute to Steve Jobs by a friend of mine:  Larry Walker.  Thank you for allowing us to post this blog.

The Biggest news in tech is an unfortunate story.  Apple inc. co-founder, Steve Jobs passed away, after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  He was a young 56 years old.  Reactions poured in from around the world almost immediately.  Statements from the President, and nearly everyone in the tech world.  Even Microsoft had it’s flags at half mast at all of it’s locations.  
Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in a garage with Steve Wozniak in the late 70’s, and led the company as it introduced products like the Apple 1, II,  and after visiting the Xerox Palo Alto research center, made the graphical user interface a part of the personal computer, first with the LISA, and the Macintosh, and changed the way we all view our computers.

Steve Jobs, in addition to co-founding Apple, also had a large part in Pixar Animation Studios, and after being ousted from Apple in 1985, created “NeXt” a small computer company who’s technological advances are a large part of Mac OS X, even today.  Steve re-joined Apple in 1996, and is credited with saving the company, with helping develop products like the iMac, and later, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes Music Service, and much more.  Apple is now the most valuable name in technology, with a stock value in the range of Exxon Mobil, in sheer worth.

Steve stepped down as CEO in August of this year, and his death came just one day after the iPhone 4S was introduced by new CEO Tim Cook.  This was the first major announcement to come from Apple Inc, after Steve stepped down as CEO.  Apple has since announced the iPhone 4S pre-sales were over 1 million.  
Some of the more amazing reactions also came in from Christian leaders.  Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Church here in Southern California wrote via his twitter account  “Steve Jobs, the Thomas Edison of my generation. Miss him already”.  Greg Laurie, from Harvest church in Riverside, CA wrote an extensive article about how Steve Jobs helped bring the gospel to our generation.

One look at how churches often do reach their local and global audiences, it’s not hard at all to see how that is true.  Apple pioneered desktop publishing early in the Macintosh system.  Digital Video editing and finishing largely started on Mac, thanks to companies like Avid in 1990 developing the Avid 1 on a Mac, and later programs like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, iMovie, and others all found a home on the Mac.  Audio recording and post-production found a home very early on with Macintosh, and podcasting via iTunes is a largely used outlet for churches big and small to reach the world.  Steve Jobs, legacy will be felt for a long time, especially in the church world. 

Make shift memorials popped up at several Apple Stores.  The only authorized biography , titled “Steve Jobs” has been rushed to print, as it has already hit #1 on Amazon pre-order charts. Perhaps one of the most telling things about Steve and his recent battle with cancer, comes from a 2005 commencement address to Stanford University, which can be viewed in it’s entirety via Stanford’s Youtube channel.  Here is a clip from that speech. 

We unexpectedly say goodbye to Steve Jobs, entrepreneur, inventor, leader,  a man with many reputations, and a man who helped spread the gospel to this generation and the next.  He was 56 years old.

Thank you for all of these links for the great shots of Steve Jobs.

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