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Steve Jobs, RIP

The man who combined being a businessman and being a visionary better than anyone else has passed away.

Apple's CEO and co-founder Steven P. Jobs, 56, has passed away. Jobs had been struggling with pancreatic cancer since 2004. He had taken three extended medical leaves from Apple during the period and had finally resigned as CEO two months ago. His death is not a surprise. On August 24, in a letter released when he resigned, he had written, "I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s C.E.O, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."
In the 36 years since the Apple II personal computer was launched, Jobs' unique vision has been one of the biggest forces that have driven the widespread adoption of digital technologies by individuals. A notoriously obsessive micro-manager, Jobs insisted on complete personal control of Apple's products and marketing, leaving manufacturing and logistics to professional managers. More than any other big-company CEO, Apple's products were Jobs' products, and the rest of the tech world's products were based on Apple's. A good part of the look, feel and usage of today's computers and phones is based on the personal taste and preferences of Steve Jobs.
Jobs' contribution to our modern world far transcends what one would expect from a mere businessman. He was a unique man who has played a unique role in shaping the world we live in.