I was in a meeting this afternoon when I suddenly found I had two miss calls from my wife and a couple more from my friends. I started getting worried since my wife and I have this “code” – one miss call means I can wait if you’re in a meeting; but two miss calls mean urgent matters. So I walked out of the conference room and called her back. The first sentence she said was “did you see the news?” I immediately thought about something that I didn’t want to happen… and it’s indeed what happened. As a long time user of Apple products and an admirer of Steve Jobs, I felt so sad.
Back in the early 90s, computers were not popular in China. Our school had only one Apple II computer and a dozen of its clones. I was lucky enough to be able to use that Apple II. It was the first computer I have used and it was the best memory I can recall now about my elementary school. Thank you, Steve.
Steve did not only redefine computers, or music players, or phones, or tablets. Most importantly, he redefined how people interact with technologies, which is fundamental to every consumer product. To improve technologies is hard, but to make them easy to use is even harder. Many people didn’t realize it; Steve did, and he proved it by Apple’s huge success.
A while ago, a Chinese press company was recruiting people to translate Steve’s bio. I wanted to participate and thus translated his 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech into Chinese. I love every piece of that speech. I eventually gave up, because I didn’t have time to do it at all. I wish I could have done it…
San Diego was gloomy and rainy today, which is very very rare. It turned out to be a really sad day indeed. I cannot believe that I’m so deeply affected by a person’s death who I haven’t even met. RIP, Steve Jobs. You did what you wanted to – change the world with what you have created, but that’s just a part of your achievement. More importantly, you have influenced and inspired a lot of people, and I’m certainly one of them. Thank you!