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Oct
06

iMiss “Steve Jobs”

Yes I will miss Steve Jobs. I read the news today on twitter at 6.00 a.m. Dubai Time. I was gutted – I still am.

Here is what Steve Jobs meant to me –

  • He made the most selfish letter “i” the most cherished letter with his “iNnovations
  • The iRony is when I had to give my first iCebreaker Speech at Toastmasters 2 weeks ago – iChose to seek iNsipiration from his Apple Language
  • He revived the lost iGeek in me – I love all his inventions.
  • He dared to be different, he followed his dream – how many of us have the courage to do that?
  • His life is a lesson to us. You ask me about beating the odds, I’ll direct you to him
  • He exemplified “Simplicity” 

My mumma (the absolute non-geek) preferred MDH’s MAC to my HP notebook.

My little munchkin – my niece all of 1.5 years of age today, knows how to open the iPhone and go to the “Photos” app to view her photos and videos.

To me these two are my defining moments of how Steve Jobs revolutionized the way we see technology today – He followed the “KISS” principle. He “Kept It Simple Stupid”

I’m not going to write a long tribute cause all that has to be said of the man was said when he was alive and a lot more was said today – when he bid his adieu.

I read a lot of lovely quotes, articles about him today, I saw some awesome graphics paying tribute to him. My words will mean nothing compared to these treasures and I want them to stay with me for long. So I’m going to share and compile the fine tributes that people shared on my timeline on Facebook and Twitter. Please let me know if you come across any that I missed (I’m sure I will) and I’ll update it in due course.

Before I begin with the tributes, learn a bit about the man if you do not know him

This is his Commencement Address at Stanford in 2005 , you can read it here

Introducing the iPhone in the famous KeyNotes 2007

Be Inspired – Read what he had to say to us (shared by @zeniadcunha)

Here are pieces of his life strung together in a lovely 3 min clip

Here is Apple’s ‘Think Different’ campaign – the unaired version in Steve Jobs voice 

Devour.com has done a brilliant compilation of all Steve Jobs videos – thanks @sehwagology for sharing this link.

The Tributes

Apple kept it simple – like Steve would’ve wanted it to be. The script read

His friend and co-founder Steve Wozniak shares his feelings.

Google paid one of the best tributes – again “simple” yet effective.

googletribute

Wired.com got all the quotes from the greats together on their homepage tribute, with a look at his life, a quick recollection of Steve through the years and his innovations. Shared by @sehwagology and @tifosiguy on twitter.

The Apple Logo recreated here – a symbolic way to say “Thank You” Steve

Steve Jobs – We cannot replace you, even your creation agrees

People have their own unique ways to pay tribute to him – one more of the many amazing ones I saw today

Along with flowers, fans left post-its , handwritten-letters and apples at Apple Stores today. He touched a million lives – knowingly & unknowingly.

My favourite comic strips joined in to – Oatmeal & XKCD. Oatmeal has gone ahead and paid a further beautiful ode on their site. Click on the pic to know what.

@ paperstargirl introduced me to another webcomic – GapingVoid which has a tribute up  – the graphic of the text of the “Think Different” Ad.

BoingBoing went black and white an ode to the classic Macintosh

He may not have changed the world as most of his detractors have been hounding us with but he tried to make things easier and accessible. Read this beautiful post from a mom about how Steve Jobs’s creation helped her autistic child – shared by @sehwagology.

Even Jobs was not aware of the impact of his creations – read Stephen Fry’s powerful post on how we just might owe the internet to Jobs.

My favourite blogger – Scott Adams, the Dilbert Creator leaves his tribute – in the simple way that Jobs would’ve approved.

Twitter Tributes

I love twitter – my iPhone taught me how and why. Here are some beautiful 140 character tributes I read today – I’m sure there are a million more.

@Patrix : The Mac, Pixar, OS X, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and the iPad. Any man coming up with any one of these would’ve been considered great.

@mworch :Steve Jobs dies and the entire world finds out/tweets/texts about it on the devices he created. That’s not a bad way to go.

@calamur : It is a life well known when someone you have never met or who isn’t a user of your products, has tears on hearing of the death.

@Alternate_Truth summed up Steve Jobs life to a Tee : iCame, iSaw, iConquered, iLeft, iMmortal

Some lovely posts shared on twitter written by folks among us

@daddy_san puts his thoughts on influence of Steve Jobs on his life – I’d agree to most and even if I tried I could not put my thoughts so beautifully as he has here

And if you thought that Tim Cook’s first Apple press conference was a damp squib, read Robert Schoble’s heartfelt apology and you will get the right perspective.

@patrix whom I’ve followed since I started blogging in 2005 and who often blogged about his love for Apple products captures his Mac and Apple experience here. 

Now for the final gems by friends quoted on FB:

SK : The heart today looks like the logo…a piece of it bitten away!:(

AP:  The ‘Apple’ of our ‘i’ left us today. While we remember him as a visionary and genius; let us also remember him as a brave hero who fought cancer till the very end. RIP SteveJobs

But here is the most poignant one of all I read/heard today about Steve Jobs. It came from my husband ( an absolute Mactard ) who quoted  “Oscar Wilde”

 

The best way to appreciate your “Job” is to imagine yourself without one.

There was only one Steve Jobs, and I did not want to appreciate him by imagining him not being there.

Today he is no more , there will be none like him and iMiss him.

4 comments

  1. Amrita says:

    Hey Minal,

    I have always admired your writing instinct, although silently…this is one of the finest obituary I have read.
    We all think..feel but only few masters the art of translating it into words..kudos to you!

    1. Minal says:

      Thanks for the lovely words Divya

  2. shobha rahate says:

    tuzyasarkhya mulikadun Steve Jobs la shradhanjali apekshitach hoti
    tuzyha bhavana tu cchan vykta kelyas mazya tar dolytun pani ale ki itka guni hushar mulaga sodun gelyananter tyachya aai-vadilana kiti duukhh zale asel asech chhan chhan lihit ja

    1. Minal says:

      Mumma I love you :-))

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