The Jobs Logs : An ode to an icon

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:

Steven Paul Jobs is no more … Hard to believe, harder to accept and almost impossible to imagine a future with out him … Instead of lamenting I decided to draw inspiration …

For me his stanford speech aptly titled “How to live before you die” personifies Steve

It is fun to be a pirate than join the Navy“! and other quotes from this Slideshare

Work Hard to make simple” and other quotes from Marko Saric’s blog

Huffington Post got it right when it quoted Steve – “… focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex …

In many ways the essence of Steve is the very famous quote from Gizmodo and others:

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.—Playboy, 1987

On a technology level, “Jobs refused to accept that software and hardware were best designed and engineered separately. For him, the venerable insight summarized by Thomas Hughes, the grand historian of American technology, as ‘the system must be first’ …” – A good POV in IEEE spectrum by Pascal

[Update 11/7/11] Malcom Gladwell’s review in The Tweaker in The New Yorker is an excellent read. ‘Jobs’s sensibility was more editorial than inventive. “I’ll know it when I see it,” …’.

“Was Steve Jobs a Samuel Crompton (inventor) or was he a Richard Roberts (the tinkerer)?” asks Malcom …

As Washington Post saysHe (Jobs) would be getting off here; we were to proceed without him into the unknown. Let it go and look ahead was the message all along.

Other sources of good Jobs quotes: