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Jobs lives on through the innovations he leaves behind

Editorial

Thursday Oct. 5, when computers were fired up around the globe, many thousands of them began showing a slide show of black-and-white images of Apple Computer founder, the late Steve Jobs.

This compelling memorial presentation — depicting highlights of his career on the one-year anniversary of his untimely death — transfixed many, including employees at Denton Publications.

Jobs has indeed exerted a remarkable influence in all of our lives. His innovations have granted us all incredible power, a connectedness and access that we couldn’t have imagined just decades ago.

Plenty has been said about how he made music personal — and transformed the music industry — with the iPod, or how he launched a new era of creativity in film and television animation through his work at Pixar.

But his crowning achievement was perhaps the iPhone — a truly revolutionary device. Combining a cell phone with an Internet communicator — and the ability for this remarkable, device to run apps — has changed the world forever.

Whether it’s the ability to use a handheld device to conduct instant financial transactions on-the-go, shooting and editing videos, or remotely controlling your home’s environment, it can all be done now, on-the-go, from anywhere on the globe on a handheld device. Its potential uses are virtually unlimited. Many of us at Denton’s depend on the device so we can best accomplish our daily work in a demanding industry.

Steve Jobs was the visionary that made it all happen — It has been said that Jobs knew what we all wanted and needed before we could even imagine it.

But all the recent attention on this latest device shouldn’t overshadow Jobs’ work in the late 1970s and early 1980s that was no less revolutionary — merging graphics with digital information.

Before Jobs’ innovations in this regard, computers only displayed little 1/8-inch-high numbers and letters on monochrome monitors.

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