I feel immensely sad tonight, as I’m sure many of you do. The death of Steve Jobs feels sad on a general level – the loss of a great, legendary man, a genuine visionary who has had massive impact on so many people’s lives, at such a young age. A great loss for Apple, for […]
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A Sad Day – Feeling Less Hungry, Less Foolish

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I feel immensely sad tonight, as I’m sure many of you do. The death of Steve Jobs feels sad on a general level – the loss of a great, legendary man, a genuine visionary who has had massive impact on so many people’s lives, at such a young age. A great loss for Apple, for the entire tech industry, and for the world.

It also feels sad on a personal level, deeply so. I’ve spent the better part of the last five years using, being fascinated by, and writing about products that he was instrumental in creating.

Tonight our team at iSource has been talking and sharing some of our initial reactions at hearing of Jobs’ death, and we’ve discussed how we might handle covering the news and all of our thoughts on it. We have decided that out of respect for Steve Jobs we will do only minimal posting here tomorrow, and the only posts will be brief tribute type posts, none of our normal mix of content.

Here are a few of the ways I’ll remember him:

— That epic Stanford commencement speech – talking about his life, about typography and how the first Mac was the first computer with beautiful typography – and his story about love and loss, and his times at Apple and being ousted.

— Presenting at Apple keynotes – the original iPhone and iPad announcements above all, where his easy, natural charisma shown through. The infamous ‘reality distortion field’, the power of his words and his obvious passion for what he and Apple achieved over the years

— Even the charismatic sway he held over a room when presenting Apple’s new HQ building to the Cupertino City Council just months before his passing.

— For those abrupt single-word replies to customer emails.

— For his take-no-prisoners stance on Flash.

— And of course for the beautiful products. For the MacBook Pro I’m typing on now, the iPad that is never more than 3 feet away from me, and all the other brilliant creations he has presided over.

My daughter walked in the room while I was watching the early TV news coverage of his death. I was still feeling shocked and had very few clear thoughts and even fewer words. I didn’t need to say much though. She uses a Mac Mini at home and in the Computer Labs at her school. She has an iPod Touch that she uses tons. She shares an iPad with her mom and loves it. She has heard me talk about Steve Jobs before. I told her that he was a great man, a man that she will learn more about in history and other classes as she moves to higher grades in school, a man who has had a big impact on our world.

We would love to hear your thoughts and your favorite memories of Steve Jobs. Please share those in the comments.

On Friday we’ll resume ‘normal service’ in our posts here, with more of our thoughts on Steve Jobs when we’ve had a chance to gather them.

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