Remembering Steve Jobs

Today the technology world is remembering Apple founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last night at 56. His genius and passion can be seen all around us in products and entertainment we enjoy. Some of the notable personal remembrances of Jobs were shared by Walt Mossberg, Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak. Worthwhile appreciations can be read at The New York Times and Wired. On YouTube, many are turning to Apple ads, incuding a version of the Think Different commercial narrated by Jobs and the “1984” Super Bowl.

Perhaps the most shared link is Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford, which includes his personal reflections on life, death, success and overcoming adversity. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose,” Jobs said. “You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heat. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

One of the things that made Steve Jobs unique was his ability to inspire others to accomplish something insanely great. That’s why there was such incredible anticipation and curiosity about Apple’s new data center in North Carolina. One of the public’s last images of Jobs came at the close of Apple’s developer conference in June, as he introduced the “iDataCenter” (photo above) and his vision for the cloud. “Some people think the cloud is just a big disk in the sky,” said Jobs as he discussed the iCloud. “We think it’s way more than that. We’re going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud.” What might an insanely great data center and cloud look like? We’ll see in months and years to come, as Jobs’ legacy lives on in the work of the Apple team and technology lovers everywhere.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Sanjiv Vermani

    The more you know Steve Jobs, the more you revere him... a visionary or God himself. God visits earth from time to time, and he leaves early!

  2. daniyal

    Unforgatable event

  3. Constantin Barazzetta

    I was given this terrible news this morning, few minutes before going to school. He tought me not to give up even when i was in the worst conditions and thanks to his faith I was able to solve all my problems except one: HIS DEATH! Twinkle! Twinkle! Steven Jobs, you enlightened our dark life with your overflowing imagination! Now all of us is missing you. You left and left us feeling empty! Staring at the sky we can see the brightest star ever seen shining as yours. Lead us from the high of the skies.