As I'm sure you've heard by now, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away yesterday.
It's amazing how much influence one person can have on the world if they catch a vision and pursue it with vigor. As a Mac user, every day of my life is better because of the influence Steve had on how computers work. How many people who you've never met can you say that of?
Of course, he wasn't the only one at Apple pushing forward the state of the art in computers, music players, phones, etc. But he set the tone and drove them to produce the greatest products they could, never settling for "good enough".
I found myself yesterday surprised that, although the news of Steve's passing affected me, it did so less than the news of the deaths of some other famous people, even though they didn't mean as much to me as Steve. I suppose it was partly because we knew it was coming, though I didn't know it would be so soon. But I think the bigger reason is that there's less of a sense of things left undone. He lived his vision.
Thank you, Steve, for everything you've given us. I hope your influence will live on at Apple and throughout the industry for a long, long time.
Perhaps someday, in another place, we'll get to hear you again talking about "one more thing..."