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My tribute to Steve

Apple---Jonathan-Mak.png I've never written a tribute before, mainly because I've never felt the need to. But after yesterday's dent in the universe, the void that remains is so large, so global and ironically so personal that it calls for a little reflection. 

It's the day after and I'm still devastated. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we just lost the most brilliant, creative, passionate leader, visionary, technologist and entrepreneur of our generation and a guiding star for tech and web geeks like me. 

I'm never going to forget yesterday when I woke up in the morning at around 7:30am, grabbed my iPhone 4 to check the latest on tech in Twitter and saw a combination of texts and messages from friends confirming the news and sending condolences. I knew what happened but it hadn't properly registered as yet. I woke, went to the living room, sat on my sofa and started flipping through the bevy of news apps and tech blogs on my phone. The coverage was breaking news everywhere. I then watched the embedded video footage from the BBC app and that was it. The sucker punch was delivered and it knocked the wind out of me. 

I broke down.

I knew this was inevitable, but I couldn't believe he was gone. I switched on the TV and watched CNN's bits on Steve's legacy. I went to work after that but felt lower than a worm's bellybutton for the rest of the day. 

The world losing Steve is like Potter fans losing Dumbledore - The apex wizard with magic so powerful you didn't even know that stuff was possible, the guy who's always ten steps ahead of the game and who you could rely on to save the day. 

No more. 

I wouldn't have a career if it wasn't for Steve and Apple. I wouldn't care about the user experience, usability, user-interface design and building better web products as much if I hadn't been blown away by the quality of their hardware and software that they've been churning out consistently for over a decade. My previous employer Cleartrip, where I spent close to 3 fantastic years before joining Landmark in 2009, wouldn't have existed if it wasn't for Steve and Apple and they said so themselves on their blog and Twitter accounts. 

So Steve, like I said in my Facebook and Twitter statuses yesterday, thank you for everything - the inspiration, the career, the products, the quality, the experience, the bragging rights, the fun...everything. If I can achieve a fraction of what you have in my lifetime, I would have justified my time on this rock. 

It's been a privilege to live in your world.


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