Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011

Today was a very strange day.

I had an appointment tonight at 8PM at the Apple Genius Bar to have the battery of my MacBook Pro replaced under AppleCare. When my turn came, I stepped up to the Genius Bar and started to explain the fact that my MacBook Pro started displaying the “Service Battery” error. At about this time, a hush fell over the store and the moods of the Apple Store employees changed. I found that to be weird. At that moment my Blackberry vibrated. When that happens, it’s usually a customer needing help or my wife needing me for something. I took a look there was a message from an associate asking me if I had heard about Steve Jobs. I had a funny feeling as I typed in “no.” A few seconds later I got a text back.

“He died.”

I was in shock. I was thinking that this couldn’t be right. Then my wife texted me to say that Steve Jobs is dead. Then I knew it was for real.

There’s no way that I could begin to describe what Steve Jobs has done. Let’s face it, he’s done a lot that we now take for granted. iPods, iPads, iPhones are just the tip of the iceberg. We have technologies that we take for granted because he decided to start a company in a garage and sell computers for $666. If you want to get the full list, I’d try Wikipeda. But take it from me. Even Windows users should be thanking Steve Jobs. He’s done that much.

Here’s what Apple had to say:

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

If you want to express you’re condolences, click here. Apple has set up a page and an e-mail address for people to express their condolences. I find that fitting seeing as you could sometimes get a response if you e-mailed him.

So as I type this, I have a new battery in my MacBook Pro (Many thanks to the Apple Store in Sherway Gardens for doing the battery swap on the spot). However the world has lost a truly great man.

May he rest in peace.

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