Steve Jobs, R.I.P.

Not long ago I wrote an article about how Steve Jobs and Apple had transformed the way in which we communicate and the debt we all owe in consequence, especially the Church. Today’s homepage on Apple’s web site demonstrates what is good about Apple products: it’s simple, stylish and extremely effective. If only all Church communication were equally so.

Steve Jobs was a showman, with a flair for knowing what people wanted and would buy. He was also autocratic, apparently not easy to work with. But among the many tributes to him pouring across the web, I like this reminder of the other side of Jobs, the man who had looked into the face of death and was not afraid:

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Steve Jobs, 2005.

Requiescat in pace.


A Flaw in the Spell-Check

I am, in general, an admirer of Apple’s products. They tend to be simple to use, stylish and remarkably rugged. If I have one criticism, it is that they are also expensive — but that is by the bye. I have, however, discovered a terrible flaw in the inbuilt spell-check associated with their Keynote software. It does not like the possessive ‘its’, preferring to treat the word as a colloquial form of ‘it is’. Now, when I write ‘its’, I generally mean ‘its’; and I don’t like a rogue apostrophe being introduced. Heaven knows, I have enough trouble convincing people I am even semi-literate, so I could do without Apple’s ‘help’ in rendering me incomprehensible as well.