Steve Jobs’ Impact on the World of Technology

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This afternoon Apple released the sad news that co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs had finally succumbed to his fight with cancer. With that the world lost a man whose vision led Apple from the depths of irrelevancy to the forefront of day-to-day mind-share. ## Revived Apple Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer in the late 1970's. The company has had its ups and downs over the years and Jobs was ousted from his leadership position only to be hired back on in the 1990's when Apple was bordering on irrelevancy. Starting with the iPod and iMac in the early 2000's Jobs and his leadership team helped make Apple one of the most recognized and relevant brands in the world. ## Reinvented home computing The early Apple II computers were some of…
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Three-week Ubuntu Experiment – Migrating to Open-Source

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This past spring I made an attempt to move myself out of the shackles of the commercial software world and truly embrace open-source. I tried to move my primary machine off Windows 7, and onto [Ubuntu Linux](http://www.ubuntu.com/). I knew the transition wouldn't be seamless but I'd heard so many good things about living in a Linux universe that I decided it was time. The experiment did not go as well as I might have hoped, and despite my efforts to stick with it for some time, I eventually had to cut the experiment short. As I was preparing to re-image my system I started a blog post which I decided not to post at the time. I've included a short excerpt which shows my state of mind back in May,…
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