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How Steve Jobs has affected your life?

Asked by Ranimi23 (1870 points ) October 8th, 2011

I think he gave motivation and inspiration to all of us. It’s not the iPhone and various technology, it’s the vision and personality. It’s all about how can I make the world better.

The world is certainly made better by Steve’s creativity and passion for innovation. I will miss him dearly.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

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Male's avatar

I’m the opposite. His constant pumping out of innovative products and groundbreaking technology made lives much more fun, easy, and…convenient. His innovation doesn’t really do much to change my perspective on developing technology since it’s always advancing, but rather affected my day-to-day life. It does, however, give me insight and leave me in awe as to how far tech has come. It’s amazing to think about how much can change and become the norm over the span of a few years, and how much impact tech can have on everyday life.

Boogabooga1's avatar

He was just a man among men.
The affect he had on my life was a profound feeling of apathy towards my fellow man., after seeing his death made headline news and tribute all over the word because of his success and wealth.
No mention of the hundreds of thousands of less wealthy souls that passed away that day.
God bless them all.

Hacksawhawk's avatar

Firstly, as with all famous people who die I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. They are just, like you and me, human beings. Of course it’s sad that somebody died, but I didn’t have an emotional bond with Steve Jobs; and neither did I have one with the thousands of other people who have passed away that very moment. I know that every day so many people die, but I couldn’t keep up with it to feel sorry for each and every one of them.
Secondly, I don’t see why I should concern myself more about Steve Jobs’ death. To say that the world is a better place because of him is nonsensical. I can’t know that. You might reply that it’s hypocritical that I am writing this on a Mac, but that’s honestly not an argument. If Steve Jobs had never existed, I would be writing with something else, or maybe I would’ve died 2 years ago, I wouldn’t know. Maybe the world would’ve been a better place without Steve Jobs, maybe a worse place; you just can’t know that.

downtide's avatar

The only impact on my life was in 1986 when my first job on leaving school involved use of an Apple IIe computer. Since then I have not used or owned any Apple products.

I could never afford them.

Sunny2's avatar

My first computer was a small square Mac. I got it, rather than another, because you could draw on it. I’ve stayed with Macs ever since.

ucme's avatar

None whatsoever, i’ve never owned any of “his” products & I much prefer bananas if truth be told.

jerv's avatar

One thing people here seem to forget/overlook is that, before Apple came along, the prevailing attitude was that nobody would ever want or need a computer in their home. Computers were for scientists, not for people.

Now, let us rephrase the question; how has having computers outside of laboratories and large universities affected your life? If your life any different because personal/home computers exist? (Not just your computer, but everybody else’s too.)

@Hacksawhawk You would be writing on either a typewriter or a pad of paper.

@Boogabooga1 It isn’t his wealth that made his passing so notable, but rather the loss of a proven source of innovative ideas. While it is sad that many others also pass, face it, most people don’t make such a big impact on society. Maybe they affect a few people, but no Earth-changers.

Hacksawhawk's avatar

@jerv Like I already said, you can’t know that. Maybe I would, maybe I wouldn’t. If he had never existed, maybe somebody else got the idea to use computers in other than the academical world, maybe not…
I doubt Steve Jobs is such a big ‘genius’ as everybody seems to proclaim, he just had a strong sense for entrepreneurship. (Actually I barely know anything about him, so I might say untrue things in that area.)
Is there going to be such a big fuss again when Zuckerberg dies? The guy is no genius, he just got lucky with facebook, and if it hadn’t been facebook it would’ve been something else. Same goes for Steve Jobs I think, even though I can’t know such a thing.
Also, what you said about most people not being Earth-changers; chaos theory seems to contradict this.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

He allowed me to have all of the music that I love in one safe little compartment that I can take with me wherever I go.

*It was the greatest gift that anyone has ever given me in my life and I am greatful to him for it.

Thanks Steve! RIP ♥

RocketGuy's avatar

Mac-We have user-friendly computers with graphical interfaces and mice (now touchscreens too).
iPod/iTunes-we have MP3’s that we can listen to anywhere, and on any device we want (yes, I converted my CDs to MP3’s, so can use any MP3 player).
iPhone-motivated many companies to come up with smartphones that integrate all of our contacts (I use a Palm Pre, which pulls together contacts from all of my online sources)
iPad-extremely portable computing, really cheap apps.

DeanV's avatar

He helped me discover the joy of building my own computers after my powerbook stopped working and I couldn’t fix it myself or afford to get it fixed.

Other than that, I enjoy my Apple products, but I really hope the closed ecosystem that he created at Apple in regards to software and hardware doesn’t become the norm for the rest of the world.

He was a great innovator and pushed the tech world forward when he was alive, but I feel he has held back technology and innovation as well in recent years with the closed ecosystem of iOS and the dated hardware Macs have been receiving.

Nobody can doubt that he was a great businessman, but I feel he lost his edge when it came to technology in his later years when it came to technology.

He was a

DeanV's avatar

Goddamn phone won’t let me edit that bottom sentence, disregard…

DeanV's avatar

@rebbel Ironically, no.

dabbler's avatar

I think Steve Jobs was a brilliant product manager, and a driven and visionary designer. He was also a brilliant technical team-builder.

But in my life Steve Jobs is usually the topic of discussion where I’m explaining that he didn’t invent most of what people think he invented. Lots of other people invented the technical features that enabled the innovative products (e.g. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple).

He did drive his product teams to put out finished designs that regular folks could use and enjoy.

jerv's avatar

@dabbler Correct; he was more of a facilitator.

martianspringtime's avatar

Steve Jobs taking a part in producing the personal computer has obviously affected me, and I do like the ipod. I’m not an ‘Apple person,’ though. The only Apple computer I think I’ve ever used was my friend’s laptop and I can hardly type on those things.
I don’t think he was a god among men either. Talented and smart, sure. A great person? Didn’t know him personally, and have of course heard some controversial things (as with all public figures) Whether they’re true or not, who’s to say.

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