The outpouring of stories and reactions to Steve Jobs’ death has been pretty amazing, in my opinion. There have been a few stand-outs that I want to share. One funny thing about a lot of them, and my own post on the matter, is how many of them have a disclaimer that they didn’t know Jobs, and most hadn’t even ever met him. Amazing that so many would have such strong reactions to the passing of a man they had so little actual connection with. In any case, I can relate.
Tim Berners-Lee, one of the people who created the technologies that made the internet possible, has a fitting story. Basically, he wrote the first web browser, WorldWideWeb, and the first web server, CERN httpd, on a NeXT machine. The NeXTStep OS on that machine is a predecessor to modern Mac OS X, of course.
Stephen Colbert’s tribute on his show, The Colbert Report, was particularly touching in that it was touching, funny and sad, all in the same three-plus minutes.
The Online Photographer has a good set of links for those interested in further reading.
Perhaps the most fascinating to me is the story by Christopher Bonanos for The New York Times, “The Man Who Inspired Steve Jobs”. What a wonderful tale, which I hadn’t heard before.