We don't normally to eulogies here on WebRev, but when someone as influential in our world of technology passes away, it's time to pause for a moment to respect his memory and celebrate his life. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, and innovator of the world of the personal computer as we now now it died this week after a long battle with cancer.
He explained his philosophy of life at a graduation address at Stanford (video above) a few years ago, and its definitely worth a listen. All over the web, techies are paying tribute to Steve Jobs. Most of us tend to lean either "PC" (Microsoft) or "Mac" (Apple). I headed down the "PC" road several years ago when I started taking online classes and the software we were using would not work on a Mac, but there is no denying that the Apple computers lead the way for the personal computers we all use today. As Mr. Jobs explains in the video, Apple is probably the even reason we all have so many beautiful fonts to use now! :-)
Here are some of my favorite tributes to Steve Jobs on the web this week.
Deviant Art is calling for submissions to honor Mr. Jobs, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the artists come up with. Twitter is using the hashtag #iSad to post tributes to the iPad, iPhone, and iTunes creator. Dr. Richard J. Bishirjian, president of Yorktown University wrote a touching "Thanks" to Steve Jobs just before he died, right after he retired.
Of course, Apple has an official tribute page with contact information for those wanting to send condolences to Steve's family and friends. Many people are leaving rememberances and condolenses on Mr. Jobs' Facebook page. Finally, Wired has done an excellent compilation of some of the tributes that were published within the first 24-48 hours after the news of Mr. Jobs death hit the web - some great tributes there.
Naturally, where there is a lot of attention being directed to a topic or person, there will be those who seek to exploit that attention. Websense is monitoring several hacking attempts and viruses being passed as email and news posts about Steve Jobs passing. And finally, the Westboro Baptist Church (commonly thought of as a cult by mainstream Christianity) which commonly pickets funerals of U.S. Soldiers and famous people is making news this time by (ironically) tweeting their plans to picket the funeral of the Apple founder on...an iPhone.
Pay them no nevermind, Mr. Jobs. We appreciate your amazing contribution to all of our lives, and you will be missed.