If someone were to ask me who I’d rather meet in person if given the choice between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, I’d pick Bill Gates. He’s an excellent public speaker, and he always seems to be a humble, gracious man. Steve Jobs on the other hand, it’s not that I don’t like him, it’s just that there’s an arrogance to him that can get on my nerves. Despite this, I still feel like I have to stick up for the guy. Lately he’s been getting a lot of grief over his health. Most recently, news source Bloomberg “mistakenly” published his obituary. Yes, his obituary.
According to CNET, it’s not unusual for big media outlets to have obituaries written up for famed individuals, even if they are perfectly healthy. That way if something should happen, they can immediately post an announcement and make a few minor changes if necessary. It sounds kinda creepy if you ask me, but it makes sense. This helps explain why Bloomberg has an obituary written for Jobs but it doesn’t explain how someone mistakenly sent the pre-written obituary out over the wire for all to see.
If Jobs ever wondered what he accomplished in life (I don’t think he would, but…), now he knows. According to Bloomberg, he “helped make personal computers as easy to use as telephones, changed the way animated films are made, persuaded consumers to tune into digital music, and refashioned the mobile phone.”
Of course with this mistake came more talk and speculation on his health and the way he looked (rather thin) at WWDC . Like I said, the guy can be arrogant sometimes, but it’s about time he is given a break!