For the past two days it has been all Steve Jobs all the time. I can not open my inbox without another alert about his Retirement. I can not look through my Zite App without 75% coverage on Steve Jobs. I have had it up to my eyeballs with everyone saying good bye to the man.
Was he a great man in the world of Technology…no doubt.
Did he change the face of Consumer Electronics…absolutely.
Did he turn around a fringe player in the world of computing into a company that is now effectively richer than 80% of the world…yep.
I am not going to write a long drawn out 500 word post about Steve Jobs, I really don’t get him or his technology visions. I am just not a fan of Apple or the way that they package everything for the masses and collectively create a following of mindless drones who can only do things the Apple way.
I like OPEN. I like to TINKER. I like to BUILD new things. I like to rip apart what was there and CREATE a NEW REALITY. Apple does not do that for me…not even a little bit.
Do I own Apple Products…yes. I have an iPad, my daughter has an iPod and my wife inherited an iShuffle from my daughter but only one of those things did I purchase and that was from a Pawn Shop at a discount of about 80% off of retail.
Do I wish Steve Jobs ill will…not at all. By building software that works very well on limited hardware that is sourced and produced to exacting specifications…it works well…but for me…if I was to spend $1200-2000 on a new computer…it will not be a Mac.
Chris J Powell