Goodbye, Steve Jobs [1955-2011]


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RIP Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, aged 56,  has died following a longtime battle with cancer.

Jobs resigned from his post as CEO of Apple in August 2011. He was counted among the best and most influential of American entrepreneurs. His death was announced by Apple late Wednesday evening.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

-Steve Jobs [1955-2011]

[Apple]







28 Responses to Goodbye, Steve Jobs [1955-2011]

  1. He shaped nothing. Technology would've been in exactly the same place had he never owned Apple, or had anything to do with the industry.

    However, he was a business savvy motherfucker and he took his company very far, propagating the idea that people who use Mac products were ultra-individuals (even while conforming). He knew exactly how to make people do what he wanted, and how to turn a huge profit. There are few people who have the vision and motivation to do for their companies what Jobs did for Apple, and that's commendable.

    • I like hating on iFans as much as the next guy, but credit where credit is due. He and his team marketed the first home computer with a GUI (with a little thievery from Xerox), created and dominated the digital mobile music industry (iPod), and basically the tablet market.

      It was fun hating you, Steve. RIP.

    • Oh I make no claims that he sat there with a soldering iron. The GUI and the Mouse come from Xerox. Even Pixar started as a business that attempted to sell equipment and software not make movies. That being said, I've repaired many devices and peripherals and seen good ideas go by the wayside.

      I'm defiantly not a fan of Apple products, but even I know if he hadn't bought the mouse Xerox would have never done anything with it. The I-phone truly had an impact on the phone world, multi-touch and so forth. He may have not made them personally, and annoyed people like me who didn't like all they did, his understanding of a product potential did guide competitors to compete with him.

    • When a man is in charge of one of the biggest electronics companies in the world, whether you want to admit it or not, he made a huge impact on our lives. It's impossible for a man in his position not to have an impact.

    • Totally made a post amending for the pioneering of the tablet market, but it didn't work. So there's that.
      Impact on ALL of our lives? You're talking to someone who uses a Pantech phone with zero touchscreen capabilities and not even a data plan… Those fingers never grasped me lol.

      & I totally gave credit, just not where it isn't due. Jobs was a pro at expanding and marketing existing technology.

      • Yes, he's made an impact on all of our lives. Whether he personally invented anything or not is irrelevant. He and his company widely popularized a ton of products and introduced lots of healthy competition. That competition forces Microsoft and Google and countless other companies that manufacture competing tablets, mp3 players, smartphones, computers, etc. to further innovate and improve. You're obviously using some form of technology to post on this, as I'm sure you don't have the ability to post using only mental power, and I can guarantee you that Steve Jobs had some influence on the product you used to do so, whether it was a direct influence or indirect.

        I'm not even an Apple fanboy, here. The only Apple product I own is an iPod touch, and it's something that I've pretty much ignored lately. But I still recognize the indirect influence he had on the Android tablet I posted my first comment with, and the Windows PC I'm using to post this comment.

        Think of it like dropping a stone into a pond. You can see a ripple form from where it hit the water. That little stone had an effect on every drop of water in that pond just from being there. Except Steve Jobs was no small stone, he was more like an entire mountain. He didn't make a small ripple, he formed a tidal wave.

    • quote: He shaped nothing. Technology would've been in exactly the same place had he never owned Apple, or had anything to do with the industry.

      you are so ignorant that i laugh at your stupidity and frustrations

      • Thing is she's really not, that guy didn't innovate anything. He rehashed old ideas and marketed the hell out of them.. that's it. Giving macs PC parts with a free OS, being afraid of HPs original MP3 player and tricking them into a deal to making ipods so they would drop their mp3 player, and honestly releasing the iPhone that couldn't send MMS when every other phone on the planet did, think about that people paid for a downgraded phone.

        • I do believe the definition of innovate is a) something new or b) introducing new methods. Just throwing that out there for your daily vocabulary. Seems like around the time he came out with macs featuring pc parts and free OS's, everyone in his brother was doing that at the time… or creating a phone that without mms is still one of the largest selling phones… its weird how you are right that he was not innovative in the least. I applaud you sir.

        • because for some reason everyone has this disposition that innovation is creation of a new, never before seen product. Like back when a cave man came up with the wheel.

    • listen mmama i dont wanna b desrespectfulll but let me inform u if it wasn't for steve their would be no Apple only microsoft n without competition we woudn't been as advance as we are today. learn ur history b4 u start chattering

    • I hate to tell you this but you are SADLY mistaken. I did not like most of his products, and he was at times a prick to some of his customers that chose to email him. The fact remains that HE and his pal Steve Wozniak are credited as being the fathers of personal computers as they created the very first personal computer when they built the Apple II in Jobs' garage. So when you say he shaped nothing you are sadly very incorrect. He shaped the world as we know it with one invention and a lot of dedication (I mean, hell, he sold his VW van in order to finance the venture now known as Apple Inc.) If it were not for Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates and all their friends we would not be living in the world we are when it comes to computers and technology today.

      • Sorry Dustin, It was the Apple I built in Steves' parents back bedroom put together on a wooden board that was Jobs' first computer. However..the first home computer was the Altair built by a Mr. Roberts of MITS out of Santa Fe New Mexico. It was this Altair that Bill Gates wrote his first OS for. You need to cozy up with an accurate book on the history of computers.

        • Jobs may not have made the first computer, but there's no denying that his work has played a huge part in our lives today and the technology we use.

          Credit where credit is due.

  2. It is a sad day, Steve Jobs has passed away. I am not one for sadness and mourning though, therefore I anticipate seeing his tombstone etched with something commemorative and appropriate… "iDied"

  3. many, especially the younger generation probably just remember Steve Jobs as the guy holding that Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod. but to the tech world, he was more. he indeed succeeded putting a dent in the universe. he showed us how to do this, that i guess was his legacy.

  4. i want to say goodbye to steve jobs althought i have ever used the apple's products. but nothing to say except admiration to him. I knew him through a news paper about technology and i have admired him about talent, thought. i like the sentences of steve jobs and i always think about them. and the most favorite sentences i like is "No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true." is it true? yes indeed

  5. "If there is a real God, then Jobs has been reincarnated as a Chinese worker in an Apple factory."

    lucky for him there isn't huh?

    while you're bitching about people committing suicide, look at the number of people who working at foxconn and committing suicide every year (1.4 per 100000 in 2010 according to the wikipedia article), now look at the national chinese suicide average (54.3 per 100000 according to W.H.O. stats). there was ALWAYS going to be a certain number of suicides within a company with a workforce that huge, but no, clearly it's the fault of the CEO of the company's client and he might as well have murdered them himself, because that makes sense now, doesn't it?

    you fucking tool.

  6. *sigh*

    Commercially-speaking, a "good man" has died, and here we are — the LIVING — whiling away our time arguing semantics. To-may-toe, to-mah-toe (deliberate sic, so PLS don't waste time on THAT either, thx!) … the fact is that some of us are doing the very thing Mr. Jobs wisely advised us NOT to: not to be "trapped by dogma" (which he was kind enough to define) and not letting "the noise of others' opinions drown out [our] own inner voice[s]"

    Yes & OK, it's likely that as uber-rich as he was, Steve had a team of the world's best spin doctors knock up that little speech, possibly cobbled together from the wiswer sayings of Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and — dare I say — the LORD Jesus Christ Himself, but ya gotta admit, ultimately, that there's more to life than an argument that was still raging a mere 19 hrs ago…

    To quote another less-than-virtuous individual (to MY mind anyway)… "Be nice to yourselves, and each other!"

    Laterz…

  7. I'm far from being an Apple fan. I do all I can to avoid them to be honest. But I can't deny Apples presence has been a dominating one, and back in the days when they were Commodore and IBMs rival, they had some solid hardware. They still do, and every company out there mimics their sense of style in their own way. Android wouldnt be quite what it is today without Apples post-modern, almost clinical aethetics and even Windows has followed the same aesthetic trend.
    Anyone who says they have shaped nothing is blind. Look around at what the IT world looks like today and who had the look everyone wants first? Apple's sense of aethetic appeal is in almost every modern device today from mobile phones to PC operating systems in some form or other.

    Fair well Steve, the IT world won't be quite the same without you.

  8. How come when the xerox topic is brought up they say Steve stole it from them? He was invited there to use the ideas the research team had developed because upper management were going to let it all go. That isn't stealing, it was a gift! It was on a tv show called Triumph of the Nerds, you can check it out there.

    No one seems to worry too much that Microsoft bought DOS off another company to get started.

    And further, does anyone believe that windows would be as far along as it is without Apple's competition, Apple even licensed some of their tech to Microsoft yo help get windows going.

    You would have to be as dumb as a rock to not see that Apple has had a profound influence on the world's tech. Why are there so many knock offs of ipods, and more recently in china copies of the apple stores that are just a bit not quite right were discovered in operation.