As the wonderful folk at wordpress.com laboured through the night to bring Boing Boing’s fine “retro Macintosh” WP theme to wordpress.com blogs, I couldn’t resist switching to it for a few days, in tribute to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. (If you’re reading this more than a week or so after the date of this post, I’ve probably switched back to the old theme.)
Yes, I know this is a blog about a Linux-powered Eee netbook, but we have had two Macs in the house, and I certainly have no difficulty using Mac OS X alongside my “penguin-powered” devices. Furthermore, I don’t think anyone would deny that the last ten years in computing would’ve turned out quite differently without Apple’s influence, especially from the “iDevices”. For one thing, I’m pretty sure my current Nokia mobile (an N8) would look more like my previous one (an N95) if the iPhone hadn’t made such a splash.
However expected Steve Jobs’ death may have been, his loss is felt by millions around the world, and although the nature of his legacy may be fought over in the months and years to come, perhaps only Bill Gates (for better or worse) can claim to have made a comparable impact on computing for the masses.
RIP Steve, and my condolences to his family at this time.