In my closet, I keep every computer (save one*) I have ever owned. They are all Macs. From when, in 1990, I bought my first Apple product, a Mac Classic until earlier this year when I upgraded to a desktop iMac, I have loved the products of the company Steve Jobs invented.
He created things we didn’t know we needed and made them indispensable to our lives.
Michelle Malkin called him, “A creative genius. American original. Entrepreneur extraordinaire. His vision transcended politics. His success showcased the power of the free market and individual initiative.”
He didn’t need a federal stimulus money or even a government loan guarantee. He built his business the hard way, the American way, imagining a product, then, set about making his imagination a reality. That process took a lot of determination and effort. As John Hinderaker put it
It is difficult for those of us who don’t achieve greatness–pretty much everyone–to understand how hard those who do become great have to work. Jobs worked harder than most of us could ever imagine, and in the end, he did it for us. I, for one, am grateful.
As am I. My Macs have held up well over the past decades, with glitches to be sure, but they crashed far less often than did my friends’ PCs.
Steve Jobs was a great man, a great American, a great innovator, a great entrepreneur. In providing new products, Kevin D. Williamson contends, he improved our lives and, in many ways, embodied the spirit of capitalism. He gave us
. . . better computers, better telephones, better music players, etc. In a lot of cases, he gave them better jobs, too. Did he do it because he was a nice guy, or because he was greedy, or because he was a maniacally single-minded competitor who got up every morning possessed by an unspeakable rage to strangle his rivals? The beauty of capitalism — the beauty of the iPhone world as opposed to the world of politics — is that that question does not matter one little bit. Whatever drove Jobs, it drove him to create superior products, better stuff at better prices.
I am grateful for whatever it was that drove Steve Jobs. On his products, I have written a novel, numerous screenplays, outlined all my law school courses, crafted my papers for graduate school and composed my dissertation. And more, so much more.
A giant has fallen, a man who has really changed our lives — and our culture.
*with great reluctance, I loaned my Powerbook G3 to a then-left-leaning lesbian as she was in a need of a computer and I had just upgraded, but even in helping a good friend, I still felt a certain separation anxiety. Even if I would never again use that computer.