SAN FRANCISCO, October 6, 2011 (AFP) – Steve Jobs was once known as the man who saved Apple computers. He will be remembered as one of the rare few who changed the world. Jobs guided Apple from the brink of financial ruin to a lofty place among the world’s most valuable companies before his death on Wednesday.
But thinking of Jobs merely as the man behind Apple’s resurrection would be on par with thinking of The Beatles as just a band that made cool music.
As did the Fab Four, Jobs altered the rhythm of modern life.
“His legacy goes way beyond Apple,” Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg said after Jobs ceded the company helm to chief operating officer Tim Cook in August for health reasons.
Forrester analyst Charles Golvin’s “laundry list of the tendrils” Jobs extended into our lives dates back to the 1970s, when Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple and introduced home computers. “The whole idea that a computer is something that a consumer might want comes from him,” Golvin said.
“The way we compute today wouldn’t be what it is without Steve Jobs.”
While personal computers powered by Microsoft software ruled work places, Jobs envisioned people