Steve Jobs Is Dead. Long Live Steve Jobs.

When people sit down to have a meeting with me, they often comment just how big a Mac Head I am.

I’m pulling out my iPod which has my Running Playlist, my iPhone which has my favorite audio books, iPad which is my on-the-go library. And of course, my MacPro, which I use to do most of my work on. So people are often surprised when I reply with:

I Hate Apple

I don’t know how many of you remember Apple declaring a fatwa on Gizmodo founder and breaking into his home while he was having dinner with his family. A clear indication of corporate power going to Apple’s head. They actually commissioned police to do their corporate bidding. I mean, WTF?

So, yeah..I hate Apple.

…but I Love Apple Products

I love my MacPro. After using Windows for most of my life, MacPro was such a pleasure. My love affair with iPod has been on the books for many years. She’s always in my ears while I’m jogging.

I didn’t want to go the iPhone route when it was time to upgrade my big, clunky, old cell phone, so instead, I took the Droid route. I had that thing for a week before I traded it in for an iPhone and I never looked back.

The new iPad 2 had revived my love of reading books. I love this thing.

So yeah…I love Apple products.

My History of Apple

For me, the history if Apple is really the history of Steve Jobs.

He is the Founder, but he is also the visionary. I read somewhere that back in the 70s, him and Steve Wozniak went to a Buddhist retreat with explicit purpose of appropriating some of the Easter design elements into their products.

No wonder Apple products feel very Zen like.

When Steve left Apple in the 80s, Apple lost its luster. Let’s not mince words here…the company went down the drain.

When Steve came back, Apple came back in colors…everywhere… (remember the jingle?)

Not even a month ago, Steve announced that he will be retiring for health reasons and frankly I don’t see why history shouldn’t repeat itself.

I hate to say it, but Apple without Steve wasn’t Apple, and I’m afraid Apple is doomed to repeat their 80s downward spiral into obscurity and irrelevance.

Steve is Dead. Long Live Steve.

I heard on the news moments ago that Steve Jobs had died. It made me very sad. Only 2 deaths of public figures have had that effect on me.

Farrokh Bulsara, whom you might know better as Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant singer of the rock band Queen. And the other was Frank Zappa.

Steve Jobs is now on that very short list. Rest in peace, Steve.

Dino Dogan

Global Force for Badassery | Founder of Triberr | Refugee from Bosnia | Writer for Technorati | Speaker | Lousy Martial Artist | Pretty good singer/songwriter | Hi 🙂

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  • Bojan Djordjevic

    In this year I became a huge Mac fan as well. But story of Steve is a story of inspiring man. I feel connected to him, and his work inspires me on a personal level.  I am not afraid to achieve my vision.

    Here are my 2 cents on how his death left an impact on me:

    • Dino Dogan

      Fala Bojane. Vidim da si stavio Stevinu sliku na svoj profajl…vrlo lieapo i pametno 🙂

      • Bojan Djordjevic

        Privremeno samo, da odam pocast coveku koji me je toliko inspirisao. Nadam se da nisi bio ironican. Pozdrav iz Beograda

        • Dino Dogan

          ne, ne…nema ironije ni trunka. Stvarno. Pozdrav is USA.

  • Christina Majaski

    Although everyone knew he wasn’t doing well, we still expected him to live forever. I am also interested in what happens to Apple because he did turn it around and you can’t very well follow a man such as Steve Jobs easily. There hasn’t been and won’t be another like him.

    • Dino Dogan

      I hope Im wrong, but Apple wont survive without him.

      What surprised me is how long he hung in there. He resigned as the CEO only few weeks ago…and you know he knew he was on his last leg.

  • Benny Hsu

    I feel lucky to have lived in a time when Steve Jobs left an impact on the world. My first Apple product was an iPod. I wasn’t an Apple computer user until 4 years ago when I bought a MBP. I love it and can’t imagine buying another brand for computer for awhile. The same happened when i bought an iPhone. Before that I changed phones every year. Now I just change it to a new iPhone. 

    I know he’s put together a great team but no one can replace him. 

    It’s really a sad day. 

    • Dino Dogan

      Are you doing anything special to celebrate his life?

  • KrisOlin

    I started my eternal computing struggle with the legendary Powerbook 100. I got it for a weekend from the shop to just to check it out. When I picked it up on a rainy Friday afternoon I asked for the manual to which the shopkeeper replied: “You don’t need one.” 

    WOW, this is something new, I thought … and off I went. During that weekend I designed my first business card and asked the shop guy to print it out. I still have the card.R.I.P. Mr. Jobs, and thank you.

    • Dino Dogan

      Great story Kris. Thnx 🙂 Steve Jobs was awesome indeed 🙂

      • KrisOlin

        Eventually I didn’t buy the Powerbook 100, but a bit later I got the awesome 165c which had a colour screen! Now, that was a mean machine, man!

  • John Garrett

    Before I even knew who Jobs was he was already shaping my future life.

    I remember working on those old Apple IIe’s and just loving using the things.

    When he returned to Apple in the late 90’s I jumped on board with the iMac and never looked back after that. Hey Steve, where’s that floppy disk drive?!? lol

    I loved to be proven wrong by this guy. When the first iPod came out, I thought “Hmm. I’m not sure if this will work out.”

    1 month later: “Oh.”

    Then when the iPhone came out I thought “damn this is kind of expensive. Not sure if this will work out.”

    1 month later: “Oh.”

    When the “Family Guy-esque” Death person came for him, he probably started bargaining and telling him how he could do his job more efficiently or something.

    I’m sure Apple will survive without him, but not as they were. They’ll just become another company. It’s a shame but you can’t just pick another Steve Jobs out and put him in front of the company.

    RIP Mr. Jobs…

    • Dino Dogan

      Thats a great sentiment, John. I love being proven wrong as well.

  • The JackB

    Voldemort was quite the guy. That Gizmodo event soured me a bit on them too, but I admit to appreciating Apple products.

    • Dino Dogan

      hehe…yes. Steve Voldemort Jobs sure was.

  • Richard Monroe

    Freddy Mercury, Frank Zappa and Steve Jobs.  Good group.  Mine are Jerry Garcia and Michael Houser (who also died of pancreatic cancer and also continued to do what he loved – play guitar, literally up until the moment he passed).  
    cheers dino

    • Dino Dogan

      I remember when Jerry Garcia died. I remember it well. Not familiar with Houser but he sounds like an awesome cat.

  • Amberr Meadows

    I’m grieving more over Steve Jobs than I did the death of most other icons. I hate cancer. Poor Steve Jobs. RIP

    • Dino Dogan

      thnx for sharing, Amber. Great to see you here 🙂

  • Amber-Lee Dibble

    Steve Jobs is Dead Long Live Steve Jobs

    Since coming in from the field, I have been bombarded with all the post-work-work and have had nothing but trouble with the internet and now this. My own son (almost 13 years old) asked me last night how I felt about Steve Jobs dieing.

    I’ll share with you what I told him.

    I didn’t KNOW Steve Jobs, I knew and know OF him. What I do know is that he inspired many people and he had a great and open mind. That. That is what we all lost. And that is very sad.

    P.S. I love Apple too and I also HATE cancer.
    I’M HOME!!

    • Dino Dogan

      Thnx for sharing those thoughts about Jobs, Amber. Much appreciated.

  • Klaudia

    finally I can agree to that “I hate Apple but I love Apple products”. I have a lot of respect to some of Apple strategies, but in general I just don’t like Apple. But when comes down to their products…well, let me focus on design and user-friendly side – so far I am not sure if there is any other company who can say they know how to do that – Apple knows, Steve Jobs knew…and I hope his successors will know it too.

  • Ava Smith

    History will never forget Jobs.He is a legend.We prey for him from our Vacation Rentals team.

  • Quintius Walker

    Fruit and zen. Blessings from the Sangha, Steve. Big ups for the post.

    • Dino Dogan

      Thnx Quintius, and if that is in fact your real name, then big ups to you as well, my friend 🙂 #CoolestNameEver

      • Quintius Walker

        Quintius is indeed my real name. :). I know, it’s retarded. When my mom was alive I would periodically ask her what the hell was she thinking? Like wth; was Greek studies her favorite subject or something. Kids would tease me all of time. I think it’s kinda cool now. Once again, big ups to you and big ups to Mr. Jobs. Rock on. The Revolution continues.