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Goodbye, Steve Jobs

Jobs will be regarded by history as an innovator who truly brought technology to the masses. One of the gripes I've always had with home computing (in the old-timey vernacular) is that it was far too complicated and fraught with danger to be a truly enjoyable, productive and intuitive experience.

Jobs turned that around by making computing almost as easy as turning on a television.

With innovations like the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad, anyone, regardless of their level of computer expertise, could connect without a frustratingly steep learning curve. It seems simplistic to point this out, but imagine a 60-year-old grandmother hooking up a Windows 7 desktop computer and figuring out how to get on the internet, or to use consumer-grade software, without crippling her experience with all varieties of meltdowns, BSODs and Trojans.

And never in a million years could I have ever imagined carrying around my entire record collection -- some 6,000 songs or 17 continuous days of music, along with podcasts and photographs -- in my pocket.

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

I wonder if there's a flag-flying-at-half-mast app for my phone.