PETALING JAYA: The man who helped change the technology landscape in Malaysia is no more.
Former Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs can be credited with doing an excellent job in making it easy for Malaysians to use computers and surf the web from anywhere.
With his death, his visionary thinking and flair for creatively applying technology to simplify complicated electronics will be missed by many who have become fans of Apple products.
Manager S.W. Lai, 39, said Jobs changed the technology landscape in Malaysia the same way he did around the world by coming up with user-friendly gadgets that were both simple, yet elegant.
“He made a significant impact on us here in Malaysia. His products enriched our lives,” he said.
Jobs died at age 56 yesterday in the United States. He had been battling pancreatic cancer.
Like many Apple fans, Hasnul Hani Samsuddin senior manager of post-production house Rhythm and Hues Malaysia woke up to the bad news that was all over online sites, social media, televison and radio.
“He humanised technology,” said Hasnul, 37.
“My toddler is operating the iPad and iPod without fear; easily grasping these technologies.
“That's Jobs' crowning achievement.”
Jazz musician Az Samad, 30, said he was still in shock, adding that he admired Jobs for being a very talented person who managed to tie the creative and technology worlds together.
Az said a portion of Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, had always resonated with him, especially the part where Jobs said: “You can only connect the dots backwards.”
“Having studied in San Jose and worked in Silicon Valley, I can relate to the energy of living and working there,” he said.
A long-time Apple user, Dinesh Nair, 42, was also saddened by the loss, although he had expected it.
“The irony is that Jobs died a day after the launch of the iPhone 4S. It was as if he was making sure that the Apple ship would be in good hands,” Dinesh said.
DiGi Telecommunications e-business head Ramesh Rajandran will also miss Jobs' flair for making stuff interesting and easy to understand.
“My parents, who previously weren't into technology, have became engrossed with the iPad,” he said.
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, YTL Corp group managing director and executive chairman of YTL Communica-tions, is another admirer.
He said Jobs foresaw the coming of wireless communication and had pushed to come up with the technology and applications to make that happen.
“I love the Facetime feature (in the iPhone 4 and iPad) because it enables on-the-go video communication which can also run on 4G (fourth generation) networks,” he said. - theStarOnline