Steve Jobs passes at 56

Steve Jobs lost his 10 year battle with pancreatic cancer today at the age of 56.

I’ll be the first to tell you that I am not a fan of Apple, or its products. From their draconian business practices to advertising that stretches the truth there are many reasons for my personal feelings. That said, I hold Steve Jobs in a place of respect.

My first computing experience was with the Apple II (one of the first computers in my school system). I learned about public domain software, floppy drives, BASIC, and just about anything computer related that I could wrap my little mind around while sitting in front of an Apple II. I took classes in school and through (now defunct) ComputerLand to learn programming on Apple II’s.

Apple, along with Texas Instruments, Commodore, Radio Shack, and Atari really brought computers to the masses. Of those only Apple remains as an active force in the consumer market.

I will also be the first to tell you that I think Steve Jobs is a master of marketing and a demigod of design. Mr. Jobs was instrumental in bringing the personal computer into the home, making the smartphone commonplace, and crafting this generations WalkMan.

Often ruthless and always singularly focused he was above all else human. A human who faced an epic personal battle. A human who succumbed to cancer.

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David Hartsock

Executive Editor/Owner/Admin of Daves Computer Tips and all-around good guy - Dave's interest in computers began in the early 1980's during the Apple II era. In the early 1990's the PC began to replace proprietary and mainframe devices in Dave's industry so he began to learn and experiment with the PC. Through DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 10. Dave became the "go to" guy for friends, family, and coworkers with computer problems. Daves Computer Tips was born in 2006 in an effort to share these experiences with others in an easy to understand, plain English, form.

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