Steve Jobs Taught Us to Keep Searching for the Insanely Great Idea
News Analysis: Cancer has taken a true visionary away from us, but before he passed away, he changed everything. We can only hope that we won't forget the lesson he taught about the need to keep dreaming, imagining and innovating.I don't exactly remember the first time I met Steve Jobs, but it was sometime in the very early '80s, around the time that I first started to write for Byte, the great magazine of the early personal computer age, which is nothing like its pallid successor. In those days, Byte was the Bible of personal computing, and we got to see all of the real innovators. One day, it was a hippie-looking guy Steve Jobs and his pal Steve Wozniak at a trade show somewhere with a funny-looking white plastic computer.
You probably don't remember the first Apple II. Most people used a television set for a monitor. Disk drives were optional, and when you got one or two they cost far more than a terabyte of storage does today. Those 5.25-inch drives held hardly any data, but it was enough for the tiny operating systems at the time, and enough to run a program and to run a second data storage disk drive-if you had one-on the other floppy disk.