That in mind, my prayers are with him and his family.
Steve Jobs has been a pioneer in bringing significant advances in computer technology in a form appealing to the masses. Affordable home computers have been around since the Altair; Steve Jobs' Apple II was the first home computer marketed for non-hobbyists and which didn't need a soldering iron to build; it was hands-down the most successful 8-bit computer until the low-cost Commodore 64 came out a few years later.
Steve Jobs was able to move beyond the Apple II with the Apple Lisa, which was far too expensive and was not a commercial success. Jobs did not let failure stop him; he took the good ideas from the Lisa and came out with the enormously successful Macintosh.
Steve Jobs has had a lot of other successes, for the same reason: He did not let failure stop him and revised his designs until they were successful. The NeXT Cube had limited success, but its derivative Mac OS X is--barring Windows--the most successful desktop OS. Apple had little success with the Newton tablet--but instead of writing off tablet because of the Newton's failure, Jobs gave us the iPad, which has been an overwhelming success.
While I am not a user of Steve Jobs' products, and while I do not like how the iPad ended the netbook fad of 2009 and early 2010, I recognize that he is an incredible visionary and corporate leader who has revolutionized the computer industry for nearly four decades.
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