When I was watching TV last night, I happened to flip past the one of the many news channels, and was floored to discover that Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, had died. Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer for a while now, and when he stepped down as CEO of Apple back in August, a lot of people suspected the move was due to his failing health. Still, this news came as a total shock to me, and its impact has been felt all over the nation, and the world.

Last night and still this morning, my Facebook home page is filled with comments of mourning and remembrance from not just my friends, but businesses as well. People have been leaving flowers outside of Apple stores in New York City and all over the U.S. Several websites, including Apple itself, have been redesigned in a tribute to Jobs' passing. Even his biggest competitors, such as Bill Gates, mourned his passing:

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

Even if you're not a fan of Apple, there's no denying that Steve Jobs was a mighty creative force, a true visionary in every sense of the word. He was responsible for coming up with so many devices and products that have become ingrained into our lives; Macintosh computers, the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Pixar Animation Studios, and more. His creativity and imagination are to be admired, regardless of whether you like Apple or not. It's hard to imagine Apple without Steve Jobs, but Jobs' spirit of innovation will definitely live on, and Jobs himself will never be forgotten.