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PC to Mac, Steve Jobs is appreciated

Apple Inc. co-founder and former CEO passes away

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07

Steve Jobs — beloved co-founder, chairman and literal genius of one of the most original and innovative companies, Apple Inc. — passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5. He was 56 years old.

Who cares?

Well if you don't care, there are a couple of things wrong with this situation. If you don't care, for one, you fail to have compassion for a human being, a father and a husband in losing his life, leaving on Earth a handful of dear loved ones who cared for him greatly and he for them.

Not caring about Jobs' death would also constitute a lack of appreciation for his technological contributions. Over the past 35 years Jobs served as an ardent leader and innovator in the technology field with his first Apple II being released in 1976. According to mashable.com, this first Apple mass-marketed product ignited the "personal computer revolution."

Additionally, reading this blog from your computer, phone, tablet, MP3 player with Wi-Fi capabilities would be contradicting if you didn't care. Jobs tremendously impacted the piece of technology you're using to access this.

Personally, I have a strong feeling everyone does care. And by everyone, I mean a solid percentage of the world's population.

However, there's a confession I have to make.

I adamantly disliked Apple for quite sometime. The word "dislike" doesn't fully express how I believed Apple products to be one way for individuals to conform to societal trends. I wasn't necessarily a hardcore PC fan (of course, I'm playing off of Microsoft's Sept. 2008 "I'm a PC" campaign), but I definitely vowed to never buy an Apple product.

I didn't want to be like everyone else.

These products — the one's with the innocently, dumb Apple logo — were one big, fat trend. Individuals would buy these sleek, white pieces of technology to stand out among the uncountable amount of normal computer users. Apple products were supposedly "so great." When I would ask my friends and acquaintances why they chose to have an Apple computer, a Mac, their responses would be along the lines of, "Ohhh-mmm-geee, Macs can't get viruses," or, "Macs are so much better for designing," or even, "They have an awesome battery life."

No. I dismissed these responses as an iPhone user dismisses their unwanted open apps using Apple's iOS (operating system) multi-tasking feature.

Instead of a Mac, I wanted a Sony VAIO. Instead of an iPod, I wanted a Zune. Instead of iTunes music software, I wanted to use Zune music software. Instead of an iPhone, I wanted the latest Windows phone. You get my (past hating, stubborn) drift.

It was in the past, okay.

This thought process of mine derived from not having a true experience with an Apple product. Being a sophomore in high school, I purchased Apple's first generation iPod mini.

I grew attached.

I was so cool with my new, silver MP3 player I couldn't even stand it. Of course, I was late in this purchase because of my aforementioned animosity. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it especially with my FM transmitter to bass-out in my "souped-up" Honda Civic. (That's what's up.)

Because of the iPhone hype as a senior in high school, my animosity returned as I purchased a Zune 80GB. This lasted me a long time as I adventured through the end of my high school career and into college life. That Zune was and still is a monster: big, heavy, durable.

Fast forward a few years and my mom bought me an iPhone 4 — score!

Since my true Apple iPhone 4 experience (along with two iMac experiences, one on which I'm currently typing), I have had nothing but positive thoughts and gratitude for such sophisticated pieces of technology. Apple Inc. as a corporation, and specifically Steve Jobs who served as CEO from 1997 to Aug. 2011, has revolutionized the globe's computing landscape, along with innovating MP3 player selections, touch-screen phone capabilities and tablet products.

My favorite news-related memory of Steve Jobs, since I have become an Apple junkie, was his "Stop holding the iPhone 4 wrong" response in June 2010 when the iPhone 4 was rumored to have horrible reception due to its antenna being placed on the bottom, left side of the device. He's so real.

It's horribly depressing such a bright individual's time on Earth ran out. Although Steve Jobs passed away, his ideas and creations — Apple Inc. and all of its products — will undoubtedly continue to penetrate technological markets.

"Your time is limited…So, don't waste it living someone else's life…Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."ABC News

Thank you, Steve Jobs; I'm so gracious.

Jason Syptak is a senior marketing major and New Media editor for The Battalion.

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