This is what greeted us, as soon as we logged into our Safari browser early this morning.
We couldn't believe it as well. The world lost another hero. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday, 5 October 2011 (US time). He was 56 years old.
The public knew of his long-standing battle against cancer. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, underwent surgery in 2004, "received liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves of absence as Apple's chief executive before stepping down in August and turning over the helm to Timothy D. Cook, the chief operating officer," writes John Maroff in a New York Times article.
He's been called many things: a game-changer, a visionary, a genius, even "The Edison of our times." And he was, is all that. We mean, establishing Apple at age 21, in a garage, for crying out loud. We mean, being a part of Pixar. We mean, "reinventing entire industries" with the iPod and then later on, the iPhone and the iPad. We mean, giving technology a design that works, and works well and works beautifully.
"He made the world immeasurably better" reads a statement from Apple and it's true. He put out gadgets that made our lives more convenient, and more interesting. But more than that, he equipped the world with tools that made reaching for our own dreams a little bit easier. He gave the world gadgets that put our dreams closer within our reach.
And he was an inspiring man. When the going gets hella tough, creatives and artists often found encouragement in Steve's oft-quoted words: "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." Here are a few videos worth watching, reminders of what we've lost, reminders of what we can become. Thank you, Steve Jobs.
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently."
Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford commencement speech: