I was off the grid for a bit and am very much saddened to read this news. I came to be a Jobs fan via the NeXT computer, which was one of his best creations. My client O’Connor was a beta site and I needed to get a new computer. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the sleek NeXTs and got one as soon as it was out of beta, against the advice of the chief of technology. I wound up meeting some top tier technologists via being an oddball mere mortal NeXT owner (for instance, Michael Hawley, who had worked at NeXT arranged for me to get a student discount on my purchase, drove my machine down from MIT, and provided tech support for a few years) and used my machine very happily for over 10 years.
Some of my collegues worked with Jobs directly. Not surprisingly, they held him in the highest regard.
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