Addio, Mr. Apple

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO:

In a resignation letter to the board, Mr Jobs, who has fought a long-running battle with cancer, wrote: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know.

“Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

I have an admire-hate perspective on Steve Jobs. I hate his technofascistic vision, but I love his passion for design perfection even when it falls short. I hate OS/X, I hate Macintosh computers, I hate Apple attitude, and I especially hate Macintossers, but I loved my Apple II and I still have some affection for my original Macintosh. I hate Apple’s cynical and dishonest marketing even as I am amazed by its sheer effectiveness. I especially hated the Jeff Goldblum commercial for the iMacs; I blame him and Steve Jobs for the opening of the Internet to the technologically pig-ignorant.

But Jobs had a hugely influential run during an exciting time for technology and even an inveterate Mac-hater couldn’t possibly deny it. Here is hoping he will enjoy the time he has left to him.