Been off-line for most of the afternoon-early evening – just discovered the news that Steve Jobs as resigned his job as chief executive of Apple computers. 55-year-old Jobs has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since January of this year. Jobs, who underwent a liver transplant following pancreatic cancer seven years ago, said he could no longer meet his chief executive's duties and expectations.
I know it’s macabre but when I read the story on the BBC about Job’s resignation, my first thought was of Jack Layton. Certainly, any recent pictures I’ve seen of Jobs have shown the toll that illness has taken on him.
An accompanying analysis from BBC Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones only served to heighten the comparison with Jack Layton.
“But Steve Jobs is a rare example of a chief executive who is synonymous with his company … and has been the public face of just about every major product launch in the past decade. It's difficult to imagine Apple without him - but he's leaving having revived what was an ailing business when he returned in the late 1990s, and turned it into the world's wealthiest company and one which has done more than any other in recent years to shape consumer technology.”
So tonight as Jack Layton rests in peace in the House of Commons, hopefully, we can join together in sending positive energy to Steve Jobs in whatever way we choose.