Steve Jobs (1995–2011)

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh, Technology
October 6th, 2011 • 10:00 am

Even though it’s not a surprise, it’s still a shock. Most of us didn’t know him personally, but I think we all felt some kind of personal connection to him through the attention to detail that manifests itself in Apple’s products. We just knew that at least part of it was directly due to his own demanding nature, his own perfectionism. We all know that at least some of the features that we are enjoying right now only exist because he personally demanded them.

And so his death inevitably leads to some kind of diffuse fear about the future. Does it signal the beginning of a new technological dark age? Who else is there in this world who has even a fraction of his vision, of his perfectionism, of his drive? Certainly, when I look at all the non-Apple technology that I am forced to use in my daily life, from my idiotic microwave oven to my stupid satellite TV PVR to the lousy controls of my car, I cannot help but wonder whether things are not bound to get worse, much worse, now that technology is back in the hands of people whose idea of user-friendliness is so clearly inferior — if they have one at all.

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