published Friday, October 7th, 2011

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, a restless, inventive and visionary entrepreneur whose technical innovations and marketing genius profoundly changed the way people around the world work, play and interact with each other, died Wednesday at 56. His death closes a career that began in a California garage in 1976 and that concluded with him as chairman of Apple, a firm whose name and logo are among the most familiar in the world, and one which ranks among the most valuable companies of any kind in the United States.

Jobs' contributions to the nation and to the world, however, are best measured in ways other than size and dollars. Apple, under his leadership, produced and sold products whose names are now household words and whose functions animate and energize contemporary life.

Most entrepreneurs and innovators would be content to bring a single lifestyle-altering product to market. Jobs did far more than that. The Macintosh computer, developed with Steve Wozniak and named for Jobs' favorite variety of apple, made computers accessible to ordinary people and businesses, not just scientists and hobbyists. The Macintosh II, introduced in 1977, was a runaway success. Jobs was a multimillionaire by the time he was 25.

Jobs-inspired innovations continued over the years. The Macintosh was followed by the iMac, iPod, IPad and iPhone. Indeed. Apple continues to innovate. The company introduced a new iPhone to the public just a day before Jobs' death.

Jobs' life story is well known. His rise from bright child of an adoptive family to inveterate tinkerer to technological innovator to failed corporate manager to successful entrepreneur is well-chronicled. His last years, when he struggled to overcome pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant, are less well known, but his death was not unexpected. He had appeared increasingly frail in infrequent, recent public appearances.

Jobs always said that he would leave his post as CEO of Apple when he felt he could not longer do the job adequately. He honored that pledge. He resigned in August.

His legacy, though, is immense. President Barack Obama offered the perfect assessment when he said in a statement that Jobs "exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity" and that "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators -- brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world and talented enough to do it." That is a fitting epitaph for an American genius.

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FreedomJournal said...

KNOWLEDGE & POWER (VICTORY PARK, 15 April 2010, 12 October 2011)

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. No doubt as we liveth one is sent on a never ending quest for information and knowledge. Thus the inherent nature of the society in which we live.

However many deny Solomon, wisdom, knowledge and end up lame and forgetful.

Let The Truth Unfold

I looked at man and knew I needed to continue my search for Truth. Mis-education was in vogue in all institutions that alleged a mission to inform and educate the masses. God ordained the preachers as they needed no school.

If knowledge is power many are power-less, weak and without any wherewithal to see yesterday, today or tomorrow. Meanwhile ignorance is a force in the negative. An eye open inspired one man while the closed eye died.

But to survive one must continue to seek out pro and con. The good rendered fulfillment while the bad exposed Truth. To uncover truth is good to leave truth hidden is bad. To willingly turn from Truth is sad.

Can you see Truth, can you see knowledge, wisdom or information without God? Yes and no. God sees everything but we see what we desire. What is in the heart moves the mind and the brain. The legs will then follow.

I desire and have an on-going ambition to see God. Thus I have accepted Jesus. The world though fell upon most men and they see nothing once more than once. Joyful eyes clearly see God happy eyes see the whatever.

Meanwhile John saw an up and down side with things electronic especially those in the hands of the youth. Where are they going in? Most dwell on the simple, the frivolous and the foolish.

October 12, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
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