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Steve Jobs: A Few Words About The Man

It takes the death of someone like Michael Jackson or Lady Diana to bring out the kind of raw emotion that binds human beings together, that very basic chord that makes us all part of humanity.

Steve Jobs was one such person, and the fact that he managed through his sheer vision and determination to make technology accessible and beautiful for hundreds of millions of users worldwide, is a testament to his lifetime of achievement.

He single-handedly, via Apple, changed the technology industry and transformed the company over the last decade from an also-ran to a world-beating champion feared, respected and dare I say secretly revered by all.

His attention to minutiae, his obsession even with trivial details, his over-the-top expectations, have percolated across the whole of Apple and spread to the rest of the industry as well, as competitors have been forced to align themselves with Apple's overarching vision or perish.

Witness how Google and Microsoft have placed mobile at the centre of their overall business strategy with both potentially looking to merge their desktop and mobile ecosystems and how established brands like Sony, HP, Dell and Motorola have stumbled time and time again as they tried to catch up.

Ultimately, Steve Jobs influenced the lives of so many of us and yet, so few of us have actually taken a proverbial step backwards and pondered how that living genius, a truly outstanding visionary, simply sticking to what he believed was good for his customers.

Désiré Athow
Contributor

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.