RIP: Steve Jobs

I'm sure by now everyone knows that one of the geniuses who founded the personal computer industry, Steve Jobs, has passed away at the age of 56.

Jobs, along with Steve Wozniak, founded Apple Inc. back in the dark ages of 1976. The pair operated out of their garages at first and went on to build one of the largest corporate empires in the field, rivaled only by other giants such as Microsoft and IBM.

Steve was the frequent target of much love and hate through the years as Apple grew, with many people often calling him out as being more evil than Bill Gates. Whichever side of things you fall on in this, one thing can't be denied: Many of you are using things Steve Jobs invented or perfected, like your iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Devices which have literally changed the world.

My first high school computer class was taught using one of their first home computers - the Apple IIe. The monitor was large, bulky, and only displayed things in shades of green. The keyboard was huge and build directly into the main console unit. The disk drive large, noisy, and even quite ugly, but it cemented my desire to go into IT later in life and also forever cemented my love for computer gaming as well. Oh yes, we spent plenty of time in that class playing games instead of working :)

Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, and underwent a liver transplant in 2009. He resigned from his position as CEO of Apple Inc in August of 2011, passing control to Tim Cook. His health continued to deteriorate until his passing on October 5, 2011.

We'll miss you Steve.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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