Steve Jobs 1955-2011

This is a shaky picture, taken by me at the 2007 Macworld, just before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. It shows Steve on the stage talking about the history of Apple's innovations, and captures a fade between the original Mac and his image on the projection screen. The ghostly image of him really seems appropriate now — his spirit lives on through the Mac, iPhone, and numerous other hardware and software that he played a big part in bringing to the world.

Steve Jobs died yesterday, and it shook the world. We had all been expecting and dreading this day, but from all the comments I've read online, it has affected everyone most profoundly, myself definitely included.

Pretty much my entire life has been shaped by Steve. I never met him, though did get to see him from a distance at WWDC and Macworld. But more than that, his work has had a huge influence on me.

I first used an Apple ][e at age 13, in the computer lab at school. It was a great machine, and helped confirm my love of computers and programming that had kindled a few years earlier. Then in 1984 I was one of the privileged few to get to use the school's only Mac, the then brand-new 128K original model. I used it as much as I could, and was so inspired by the innovative windows and mouse interface that I tried to write my own graphical interface for my home computer at the time.

As soon as I could afford it, which wasn't until a few years later, I bought my own Macintosh, a Mac Plus. And I taught myself Pascal so I could write my own software for it... and never looked back. Ever since I first touched a Mac back in school, I've been a dedicated Mac guy.

Steve's work and philosophy has inspired me throughout the years — his striving for perfection has encouraged me to do the same in my own work. Not always with success, but I've tried. As he encouraged, I've worked for years to follow my dreams, make my living doing what I love: creating fun and useful apps for the Mac, and later the iPhone and iPad. I'm still working on that; there's always more I can do, further refinements and goals. Steve is famous for always looking forward, and I try to do that too.

The world has lost a great man, one of the best that ever lived... and all too soon. Thank you, Steve, for all you've done. We will miss you, but your legacy lives on. You made the world a better place, and that's the best thing anyone can do.