Thursday, October 06, 2011

THE MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD


We must forgive him the paranoia, the empire-building overdogness, the closed operating systems of the past few years: Steve Jobs, seen here in the late 1970s on his BMW R60/2, was instrumental in changing how we communicate, how we look at the world, what we can find at our fingertips. The ease with which we use his exquisite products, these icons of modern design, is down to his personal insistence on pushing boundaries, demanding the technically and physically impossible, and settling on the merely revolutionary.
Rest in peace.

"Posted from a Mac"

10 comments:

ElSolitarioMC said...

couldn't express it better. Free spirit has been lacking in the Apple bizz lately but we owe the Man.
RIP
"Commented from a Mac"

GuitarSlinger said...

Amen . Couldn't of said it better

Also commented from a Mac

RIP Steve.

Evan said...

Damn, Paul. You are good. This is the one location in my daily trolling that I didn't expect to see a Steve memorial. Wrong again, and with a photo that is appropriate on a number of levels.

Anonymous said...

Your post is, as always, timely, concise, perfect. Great Jobs

Anonymous said...

Leave it to you, Paul, to find just the right words. And the right image. How unremarkable that this avatar of intelligent design (sic) went BMW in his personal two-wheeled choice. As a diehard Brit-fan, I never bought into the BM mystique, but seeing the Steve Jobs picture makes me reconsider (a little).

On a different note, don't know if you'll be at Stafford for the Bonhams sale but if so, please keep an eye on the ex-Ken Swallow G45 (leading links and all). I, and I suspect other Vintagent loyalists, will be interested to see what the one-off Matchless beastie commands, especially after the lack of success with the Porcupine at Quail. Not that the two machines are in any way comparable, save in their Plumstead Road race shop origins.

Jim

Anonymous said...

He marketed expensive consumer electronics to a wealthy middle class in the first world. The way you people are carrying on you'd think he singlehandedly discovered penicillin and invented the transistor.

John de Kruif said...

at anonymous; some people invent penicillin and others like Steve, Picasso and Callas make beautiful things that add color to our lives. Hard to say what is more important. Without Steve, Paul would have had to use a crappy Windows machine riddled with virusses and may not have made this blog. What's wrong with working hard and spending the cash on things you dont need but are much fun like IPads and vintage motorcycles?

Don O'Reilly said...

Another well written, to the point post and image. Thanks Paul.

I'm not wealthy, barely middle class, and have been running macs (some previously owned) since the early 90s. Mr. Jobs was a visionary who left this world, many parts of it anyway, in a much better state than he found it. We could all aspire to do the same. Aloha Oe Steve.

thom said...

bel hommage.
L'homme laisse son empreinte...

Commenté d'un mac

Anonymous said...

belle moto mais le connard est desormais au portail des perles(pearly gates, non?). Dommage que la bimmer est laissee au sein de Laurene. Je vais larguer la pute pour poser mes mains sur la bimmer...et aux tetons de...hmm hmm!