Homage to Steve Jobs

by Jon L. Denby in

In his commencement speech to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford University, Steve Jobs told his audience to follow their own paths in life and not what others thought best for them. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice,” Jobs said. “And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

This was the essence of the man. All his life, Jobs had asked people to “think different,” to have the courage to break new ground and seek new frontiers...to boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone before. He expected no less from himself, and, like others before him, set out to prove that with vision and the perseverance to see it through, you could change the world.

When I was around seven years old, my father brought home an Apple LC II. The rest, as they say, is history. I grew up with the Macintosh as part of my household. My father, being an independent-thinker himself, was naturally attracted to the inventions of another independent-thinker like Jobs.

Each time my father brought home the newest model, it was Christmas all over again. He was captivated by the machines, and, using the Mac, soon taught himself how to design a webpage for his business and manipulate graphics in Adobe Photoshop. Not long thereafter I, too, took up the mouse and began my own journey into the new digital frontier.

Today, I am a professional web developer and Mac user. I owe it all to two men: my dad and Steve Jobs.

We will miss you Steve.

Down at the Occupation

by Jon L. Denby in

Photo by Carwil Bjork-JamesI had a chance to drop in on the Occupy Wall Street protests yesterday. A large group of people are encamped in the park at One Liberty Plaza, just blocks from the Wall Street Stock Exchange. I must have seen over a thousand people there of different ages and ethnicities. The protesters seemed to represent a cross section of America and the growing frustration of many Americans with the uncontrolled excesses of financial institutions and their political agents in Congress.

As I stood talking to an older lady about the protests, a pizza man showed up carrying about ten large pies. Apparently, an anonymous donor had called in a pizza delivery for the protesters. The occupiers lined up at a row of tables and were served the hot slices directly from the boxes. Other donated food items covered the tables: plastic boxes of salad, fruits, vegetables, canned goods, you name it.... all of it private donations. Clearly, the occupiers have real popular support from their fellow New Yorkers.

Now, the New York Times is reporting that similar occupations are cropping up across the country. We have occupations beginning in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and smaller towns and cities throughout America. Most of the actions, just as in the Middle Eastern rebellions, are being organized and coordinated over Facebook and Twitter. We may be witnessing an American version of the Arab Spring....

The Death of Osama Bin Laden

by Jon L. Denby in

As someone who was in New York on 9/11 and witnessed the events, I am overjoyed that this evil man has finally met his end. But there is still Ayman al-Zawahiri who is the second in command, the real brains behind Al Qaeda, and even more dangerous. But my hats off to the intelligence and special-ops people who got him. It is a great achievement.