In the grand scheme of things, there are very few people in the history of the world that can realistically claim to have affected the way the world works. To have that kind of influence, to totally shift mankind off it’s axis, even slightly – it’s unthinkable… but Steve Jobs can say he did that.

I’m no Apple fanboy, I don’t own an iPod, iPhone or iPad and have no intention of doing so.

I am, however, a techie geek. I love all forms of tech, and I love the innovations that one great advance can spark off.

Apple have done this repeatedly, and Steve Jobs was the driving force behind that.

Music was changed forever by the iPod – it changed everything. How do you follow that? With the iPhone. Take an iPod and bolt a phone onto it. Such a simple idea, yet it revolutionised the mobile phone market.

The iPad is the latest addition to the Apple arsenal that has skyrocketed – it’s a stepping stone between a smartphone and a laptop – nobody would have a use for one, surely? Look at them now. They’re practically everywhere.

Personally, I use an Android phone, and an Android tablet – but I recognise that they wouldn’t be available, or viable, without that initial vision of Steve Jobs.

I like Kevin Smith’s take on his life:

Thanks for never settling for the way things were during a life you spent showing us how things could be

I’m kinda blown away by this. I’ve seen people on Twitter saying he was this generation’s Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, even John Lennon. He wasn’t.

He was Steve Jobs, and he was pretty damned unique.