I've never been an apple user, but the company's obsessive concern for design and development has spilled over into the other products that I use, and it's products are things of beauty. I have stood and just looked at them more than once in my life.

It's perhaps that which gives me the distance to reflect that the circumstances of Steve Jobs' birth suggest were he to be conceived today, that he would have been aborted by a good many of those who have built a value system around his products. His adoption seems to have been difficult too. It isn't absurd to speculate that the rage that propelled him by all accounts might have something to do with his early experiences.

I'm sure that there is some observation on synchronicity to make too, given the parallel one can draw between his origins and those of Barack Obama. There's a lot to be said for children who struggle into this world with the odds against them. For once, though, the blogosphere is not the place to declaim from, since I (and the record, for that matter) know so little of what Apple is really like.

I hope that Jobs found some solace, and may eternal light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.


Anonymous said…
Martin, I inherited an Apple computer because M, couldn't stand it and passed it on. My daughter says it's "rubbish."

I don't care. It does the job. But I'm not a fan. I don't know what all the Apple fuss is about.

All this is irrelevant to the fact that a man has died prematurely, who was exceptionally gifted and will be missed.
Martin Meenagh said…
I've never been able to use them--too dyed in the ways of PC, and constantly anticipating it's faults. They are usually good to look at though.

Steve Jobs, by all accounts, was a very--very--demanding boss and a genius. He did well, and it is a shame he went so young; Apple may not long outlast him.

In the scheme of things, only the person matters in the end, but there are plenty who are employed by apple or dependent on it who will miss him if the thing falls apart--I guess that is something to reflect upon too.
Anonymous said…
Yeah, well Apple may survive because it is such a loved brand.

For all of us who don't know what the fuss is about, it allows us to miss the man, gone too soon.
Toni said…
I have used Apple computers often in the past and owned the obligitory iPod as well as using iTunes every day. The products are extraordinarily well designed although of course take some getting used to. Its easy to underestimate just how significant Jobs was not just to the computer industry where he pioneered with the Apple 2 and later the Macintosh. His computers were not just expensive excercises in design, Apple 2 succeeded because of Visicalc and while many go on about him stealing ideas from Xerox the difference is Apple produced a useable, affordable computer. I remember reading a research report which quoted Michael Dell when asked what he would do with Apple he suggested the company be liquidated and any money raised given to investors. Apple is now the most valuable tech company and Dell, which piled them high and sold them cheap failed to see the folly of relying on cost advantages as China was becoming a manufacturing titan. In addition to his impact on computers what about the music industry, some people would say he saved the music industry. OK, many artists complain ta royalties are much less, but at least it is a legitimate point of sale, would they have preferred the free for all of napster? and what about te film industry? I am sure George Lucas regrets selling Pixar to Jobs for a song wen everymovie they have made has been a hit and te sale of the company netted him a fortune and made him the single biggest shareholder in Disney. Corporate America often says tha one man doesnt make a difference and tat companies have a momentum of their own which doesnt require exceptional individuals - I tink Jobs disproved that at Apple.

The point that is more important is the one you made that many of the slightly left wing liberals who love Apple products and teir corporate image are exactly the type of people who are pro-choice at all costs. If Jobs had been aborted instead of adopted, who knows what would have happened? I have a personal interest in this matter and often wonder how many aborted children could have been extraordinary.
Martin Meenagh said…
I know. I'm very keen to keep the debate on abortion a non-religious one, because it allows (one would hope) for sober reflection.

If 55 million Americans had not been aborted, and huge numbers of British and European people too, would mass immigration, the collapse of wages and industries, and social engineering of societies for capital have been possible? How many Chinese and Indian and Asian women would be alive, and how more demographically balanced would Asia have been? Too many young men in a society has consequences, just as too few young does. For all the talk of unbalanced deficits and surpluses, and unbalanced currencies, that demographic imbalance is vital to understanding our present predicament too.

But, well, what you have to grasp is that there is out there this vast culture of death, which is self-righteous, armed with civil rights arguments, and absolutely poisonous--and it's completely in tune with a consumer-driven global society run on the lines which we embrace at present.

The worry is not that what exists may soon collapse; it is that it will go on.

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