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October 11th, 2011 at 5:00 am

What Steve Jobs Meant to Me

You don’t have to be a tech geek to feel the loss of the incredible man who was Steve Jobs. Now the word visionary has been repeated by just about everyone who has commented on his death. And it’s hard to hear any word repeated over and over without it sounding cliché. But try as I might, there really isn’t a better description of him and his life’s work.

In my first job, I worked for a company that made incredibly sophisticated microchip-making equipment. How the product looked wasn’t the priority. How it worked was everything.

Next I worked for a consumer products company and the struggle between engineering and design priorities often resulted in great looking products that didn’t always perform. That was difficult for me. I don’t care if my appliance doesn’t win a design award. If it does the job really well, then I’m happy. That’s the engineer in me.

Over the years, I’ve watched Apple consistently come out with products that not only look great but work incredibly well. The marriage of form and function in Apple products is spectacular. That was Steve Jobs’ vision. He knew what he was doing and he was uncompromising. In my mind, that made him heroic and that is his legacy.

I’m a PC gal by necessity. My work is Windows-based. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t own a Mac if I had the choice. I do own an iPod and an iPad. As you might have figured out by now, I just love being organized. And what could be better than having all of your music on one compact little device, with the ability to make playlists for any occasion, never have to hear the songs you don’t like, and have immediate access to any music you desire? It’s everything I want for my music collection and I actually enjoy spending time organizing my iTunes and making great playlists.

And I absolutely love my iPad. It is true genius.

So here’s to a remarkable man who made an astonishing contribution to our world with his unswerving devotion to quality, design, function and fun. He really did change the world.

I hope that Steve Jobs looked far enough down the road to create a framework for the next great things that Apple will bring us. He had the knack for knowing what we want before we knew it, and in most cases, he was so very right. I hope he left good notes.

People speak of the cult of Steve. But when you look at his body of work, from the Macintosh to Toy Story to the iPad, how can you not be in awe.

Rest in Peace Mr. Jobs. You certainly packed a life into your short years. How painful to think that we’ll be deprived of what should have been decades more of your innovation. Our loss is profound.

If you haven’t seen this video of Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement address, it is so worth your time.

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