“We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.” – Steve Jobs

The first computer I bought on my own was a Bondi Blue, Revision-B, iMac. The commercials released in 1998 featured the voice of Jeff Goldblum and the phrase, “there is no step 3,” referring to the fact that the iMac only had a power cable and an ethernet cable, but no others. This was the first product to feature the ‘i’ as a prefix for its name.

I was only 19 when I purchased that computer. It was beautiful and it took me a long time to part ways with it. When I did, it was because I had upgraded myself to an iBook. At the time I purchased my iMac, I didn’t really know who Steve Jobs was. It took some time to discover the significance of the founder of Apple, Inc. to the world.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death. He was a revolutionary. He has been and will continue to be missed, not only by those who knew him, but also by those who wish they knew him. One thing remains very true – the world is a different place without him.

Prior to his death, he left his beloved Apple in the hands of the very capable Tim Cook, who stepped into the CEO shoes a time or two when called upon. Tim was Steve’s right hand man for a very long time. On August 24, 2011, Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, Inc. At that time, Cook took the reins of the company with Jobs as the chairman of the board.

Jobs was well known for his keynote addresses lovingly called, “Stevenotes.” People watched with anticipation to see what the next big thing would be. Ironically, the next BIG thing, kept getting smaller. And, for me, the best part of a Stevenote was , “And, one more thing.” Jobs would keep the best for last and reveal just one more thing to the public. His very last keynote was at Apple’s WWDC 2011 on June 6, 2011. And his one more thing? iCloud.

Jobs fought long and hard with cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease in October 2003 and announced his condition publicly  in mid-2004. Despite his poor health, Jobs continued to work and deliver his Stevenotes for several years. He would take medical leave of absences when needed, but according to reports from Apple, he always stayed close to strategic decisions.

Since his death, Apple, Inc. has continued to press on with Jobs in mind. iBooks Textbooks, iPad 3, a refresh of the iPod line and the iPhone 5 release have all happened in the past 365 days showing that Apple will continue to thrive.
At the time of his death, his wife, children and sister were at his side. we know that he was a devoted businessman, but not much is known about his private, family life. His sister possibly gave the best insight into how he felt about family in her eulogy about him.

“…my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.” 

The world felt his impact when he was alive and it will never be the same without him. Thank you, Steve…for changing the world.