Those of you who know me know that I am not often one to admit the impact Steve Jobs had on the world of computers. His impact however cannot be ignored, Jobs was a creative person who as chance would have it was the right person, in the right place, at the right time to change the face of technology. If not for his influence the world would look very different, and I suspect the personal computer would not have taken hold quite so quickly. I have heard a lot of hyperbole over the last day calling Jobs a visionary, some even going so far as to compare him to Thomas Edison. I'm not so sure that fits but I will agree that Steve helped change the face of computing, and through that the world. What Steve did was see the direction technology could take the world and then through force of will push it in that direction, seemingly through force of will.
I have never been a member of the cult of Jobs, and I can often be prompted into sharing the problems I see with the current Apple philosophy. I will however give credit where credit is due, Steve Jobs was a founding father of the modern computer age, He possessed the vision that few had and the ability to bring that vision into reality, he will be missed.