Props Where Props are Due?

*Edit* – Ok ok. I’m editing this like my stack exchange account. So, since posting this I’ve received 4 emails blasting me about it. Sorry! Sorry! I found this image online while searching for “Steve Jobs Innovation” on google…

*Full Disclosure* – I’m a HUGE Steve Jobs fan. I own 3 Macs, 2 iPhones, iPad2, and use Mac software. I bought his biography, I watched the Steve Jobs special on tv last week.

OK. So, I think the image above is somewhat poor taste. Though it is interesting how people are impacted by leaders in our industry differently. To me, my life has changed because of Jobs. But also Ritchie changed my life, see his Wikipedia here. Dennis Ritchie put my the position I am in today… from a developer/coder. Thanks to both. Period.

Author: peter

Peter Saddington is an Organizational Scientist and Certified Scrum Trainer. You can find him at

10 thoughts on “Props Where Props are Due?”

  1. You just lost a reader. I can understand being upset that Richie’s death went mostly unnoticed but to say that Jobs was nothing more than a thief and a hipster is ignorant.

    1. Sorry to hear that. Interestingly enough, I’m a huge Job’s fan and my whole family is a Mac-home. Just an interesting pic I grabbed off internet. Hoping more to have a conversation around it instead of igniting … passions.

      1. If you want to spark a conversation, perhaps adding some thoughts of your own instead of just putting up a pic done in relatively poor taste would be a good idea.

  2. Steve Jobs was know by the average people that is the end user. All of us are end users. But how many of us are programmers? Just a few compared to the world population. And we as programmers perhaps are too busy to create things or this is our nature to manifest it in a more discrete way… This is the explanation.

    1. Without Jobs, who knows if personal computing would ever be adopted to everyday life. Jobs didn’t invent anything, but he’s the one who believed computers can be used as a device by the laymen and marketed it as everyday device. Also, Dennis Ritchie wasn’t ignored, he was mentioned in every single tech blog and mainstream tech media. Without either’s contributions, computing today wouldn’t be as it is today. In some ways the comparison that doesn’t even make sense. One is a computer scientist who invented the building blocks of modern computing, the other is a marketer who pushed his ideals onto society that computing is good for everyone.

  3. Peter, like you, I was an admirer of both Steve and Dennis. I eulogized both, in my little blog.

    They were very different men, with very different public personas, so the public remembers them differently. But each was a giant, and we stand on their shoulders, just as they stood on the shoulders of the giants who came before them. Even those of us who don’t realize where their feet are placed.

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