I am not entirely sure what to say. It has taken me two hours to write the following few paragraphs. Though I never worked at Apple nor had a chance to meet him, I owe my career to Steve Jobs. At the tender age of 8 I learned to program on an Apple IIe and have been hooked ever since. I've used Mac OS X since the first public beta on my tangerine iBook. I used a string of iPods and iPhones before joining Palm to compete with Apple. Steve's products changed desktop computing, music, movies, cellphones, and almost everything else in our modern world, and I thank him as a happy user of those products.
However, I think most of all I thank him for making the world understand the value of design and usability It's not just an add on. It's the most important part of a product. I've spent my professional career helping developers build better software thanks to his vision and singular focus. Not only would I not have this career without him, but my entire field (developer evangelism) likely wouldn't even exist.
So thank you Steve. Thank you for teaching us that our job is to make the world better for everyone.
Posted October 6th, 2011