Daily Archives: October 6, 2011

My apology to Tim Cook and remembering Steve Jobs

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for the Next Web about Steve Jobs. In it I tell about my front-row seat on Steve Jobs career.

Tonight I apologized to Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, for being harsh on him and his performance on Tuesday where he introduced the iPhone 4s. If you’ve been following my Google+ account, you’ve been seeing all that. That’s where I’ve been “blogging” lately.

Tonight I was driving near the Cupertino/Sunnyvale border when I heard the news on KGO Radio. Steve Jobs had died. I shot a rainbow over Silicon Valley shortly after I heard the news, then drove onto Apple’s campus in Cupertino, where I discovered the flags were half staff. I was one of the first tech blogger/journalist types there.

It was quiet. A few people were taking pictures of the flags, hanging. What I noticed was how quiet everyone was. Most were staring into their iPhones, at least partially in shock at the news. Soon the press started showing up. One of the first was Dean Takahashi, of Venture Beat, who shot this video of me. That was discussed here on Google+.

Some other photos and discussion:

First flower appears at Apple's headquarters

First flower appears in memorial to Steve Jobs. Many more would follow. The discussion about that on Google+ is here.

iPhone photos of half-mast flags at Apple's headquarters

Video of a bagpiper who played in front of the Apple campus:

Apple employees reading their iPhones, waiting for a bus. All were quiet.

Apple employees being quiet while reading Steve Jobs news

Apple’s headquarters when I came on campus. Now there’s a crowd there and a memorial. When I arrived employees were sadly walking around, being very quiet, occasionally shooting a photo of the flags.

Flags half staff at Apple's Cupertino headquarters

Apple’s headquarters with dark storm clouds overhead.

Storm clouds over Apple

A rainbow over Silicon Valley shortly after I learned of the news.

Rainbow over Silicon Valley as it learned about Steve Jobs' death

Thanks, Steve, for all the change you brought to my life. You made it immeasurably better. You’ll be remembered for many years to come and there won’t be another one of your kind to come soon. I’m so honored to have met you.