Tim Berners-Lee credits a computer by Steve Jobs’ company NeXT (that was bought by Apple in 1996) with making it easier for him to invent the World Wide Web. Quoting “Steve Jobs and the actually usable computer”:
Programming the WorldWideWeb client [in 1990] was remarkably easy on the NeXT. There was already a software module, the Text Object, which was an editable multifont editor. I just had to subclass it to make a hypertext object, and add the internet code. Designing the app's menus was trivial -- just drag and drop with InterfaceBuilder. The code framework of the app was generated automatically. That is a platform: something which allows you to build things which without it would have been possible, but a lot of work.“Through Rosen-colored glasses: memories of Steve” by Benjamin M. Rosen. It mentions the astonishing fact that Jobs considered licensing the Mac OS to Compaq in 1999 (when Compaq was still a highly respected independent company). Another unrelated quote:
The Western Electronic Manufacturers Association used to hold annual industry conferences in Monterey. Steve keynoted one of the conferences in the early 1980s. But rather than tout the greatness of Apple, or the potential of personal computers, or anything material or mundane , Steve spoke passionately for 40 minutes on one subject -- the dangers of nuclear warfare. That was it.“My Neighbor, Steve Jobs” by Lisen Stromberg. Quote:
The audience, needless to say, was dumbfounded. Steve spoke, took no questions, and sat down.
While Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and CNET continue to drone on about the impact of the Steve Jobs era, I won’t be pondering the MacBook Air I write on or the iPhone I talk on. I will think of the day I saw him at his son’s high school graduation. There Steve stood, tears streaming down his cheeks, his smile wide and proud, as his son received his diploma and walked on into his own bright future leaving behind a good man and a good father who can be sure of the rightness of this, perhaps his most important legacy of all.Bonus (if you don’t read Jobs’ biography): “Steve Jobs Bio: Its 6 Most Surprising Reveals” by Wired.