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October 7, 2011


Black & white photo of Steve JobsI've been amazed by the outpouring of heartfelt tributes to Steve Jobs.

Facebook has been littered with digital memorials for the man behind Apple Computer.

I get it: he was a marketing genius, he changed the way the world uses computers, and he was a highly-skilled businessman who built Apple into one of the world's most successful companies.

No question about that.

See for yourself: A Life in Photos: The indelible impact of Steve Jobs

It's personal

But people seem to be mourning his passing in a more personal way. Even my wife, as techno-phobic a person as you'll ever meet, seems to share this sense of loss.

You'd think I'd feel the same way.

After all, in 1985 I urged my non-profit organization to spend $2500 on one of the first Macs produced. I fell in love with it the first time I tried it. Since then I've owned more than a dozen Macs. As I type this I'm surrounded by six of them in various stages of retirement. I own stock in Apple, a tremendously successful investment I made when people were predicting they'd soon go under. The only cellphone I've owned is an iPhone. I owe Steve Jobs a lot.

But I don't feel any sense of personal loss at his death. It's sad, in the same way that the death of any cultural icon is sad. But it doesn't much affect me. What am I missing?

From Macworld: Why Steve Jobs' Death Feels So Sad [Added 10/10/11]

How about you? How has Jobs' passing affected you? Use the "Comments" area below to share your thoughts/feelings.

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