Steve Jobs may well have been an egomaniac, even a psychopath, and a complete bastard to work for. But as what sometimes feels like the last man able to take a large organisation and make them turn out finished work of a generally high quality he has my undying admiration.
Somedays it feels like everything in the IT industry is half arsed, and the fortunes spent on technicians to install and configure already expensive equipment and software is a disgrace.
Worrying more about his products than his employees feelings Steve Jobs earned the loyalty of his customers despite being very willing to screw them when it suited him.
The Register has started an excellent biography piece if you want to know more about his life.
But today I nipped into The Front in Lyneham for a beer while I waited for a pide.
And I was struck by the fact that all the computers I could see, every single one, had an Apple logo on the back.