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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 06:44 PM
Seemed like a good guy.

 
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Wow.

A October 5, 2011
Steve Jobs — the man who brought us the iPhone, the iPod and the iMac — has died. The co-founder of Apple was 56 years old. Jobs had been battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer for years.

"It boggles the mind to think of all the things that Steve Jobs did," says Silicon Valley venture capitalist Roger McNamee, who worked with Jobs.

McNamee says that in addition to introducing us to desktop publishing and computer animated movies, Jobs should be credited with creating the first commercially successful computer.

"Any one of those would have qualified him as one of the great executives in American history," McNamee says, "the sum of which put him in a place where no one else has ever been before. To me he is of his era what Thomas Edison was to the beginning of the 20th century."

Jobs was just 21 when he co-founded Apple Computer in his garage in Cupertino, Calif., in 1976. The following year, when Jobs and his partner, Steve Wozniak, released the compact Apple II, most computers were big enough to fill a university basement or came from do-it-yourself kits for hobbyists with soldering


With sound and cutting-edge color graphics, Apple II was the first blockbuster desktop computer. Users could hook it up to their TV sets to play games, and its spreadsheet program made it popular with small businesses.

"It made Apple the biggest computer manufacturer in the nascent computer industry," says Leander

But in 1981, Apple got its first taste of serious competition, when IBM released its own personal computer. IBM had the advantage of a well-known, trusted name, and Jobs — a California boy — loathed the kind of conformist East Coast culture it represented.

So he countered with the Macintosh, the first computer to feature a mouse, pull-down menus and icons — thus eliminating the command-line interface.

"Jobs' idea was that we'll make it easy enough that anybody can do it ... a grandmother, a kid, people who don't have any experience," Kahney says. The Mac was an example of the kind of product that would come to define Jobs' entire career: easy-to-use computers.

That's the message Jobs sent to millions when he released the Mac in 1984. In an ad that aired once during the Super Bowl, a woman dressed in brightly colored shorts runs into a room of gray-looking people and throws a sledgehammer at a screen where Big Brother — read IBM — is talking. The minute-long reference to George Orwell's 1984 became one of the most famous television commercials of all time.

It also illustrated Jobs' belief that computers were tools to unleash human creativity. In an interview for the 1996 PBS documentary Triumph of the Nerds, Jobs said, "Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world."

In many ways Jobs was the poet of the computer world. He'd gone to India and become a Buddhist. He took LSD and believed it had opened his mind to new ways of thinking.

But Jobs' iconoclastic ideals did not always make him easy to work with.

"He was just a terrible manager and a terrible executive," says Trip Hawkins, the marketing director of Apple until 1982. "At that point in time I never really thought that he could be a CEO."

Jobs was eventually fired in a 1985 boardroom coup led by John Sculley — the man Jobs himself had hired to be CEO of Apple. But Jobs was driven to make computers vehicles for creativity, and after he left Apple, he purchased a little-known division of Lucas film and renamed it Pixar.

In 1995, Pixar released the first animated feature to be done entirely on computers. That film, Toy Story, was a huge success, and Pixar followed it with other big hits including Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.

But Apple didn't exactly thrive in the years after Jobs' departure. With less than 5 percent of the computer market in its possession and analysts predicting the company's demise, the board invited Jobs to come back and run his old business.

In 1998, as interim CEO of Apple, Jobs introduced the iMac and once again helped remake the computer industry. According to venture capitalist McNamee, the iMac was the first computer made to harness the creative potential of the Internet.

"The iMac reflected the transition of consumers from passive consumption of content to active creation of entertainment," McNamee says. "People could write their own blogs, make their own digital photographs and make their own movies. Apple made all the tools to make that easy and they did at a time when Microsoft just wasn't paying attention."

Three years after the iMac, Jobs announced Apple's expansion into the music industry with a breakthrough MP3 player — the iPod.

"This is not a speculative market," he said as he introduced the iPod in 2001. "It's a part of everyone's life. It's a very large target market all around the world."

The iPod was a classic Jobs product — easy to use and nice to look at. Apple sold tens of millions of iPods, and the iTunes store became the No. 1 music retailer.

Six years later, Apple released the iPhone — a device whose elegance and user friendliness blew other phone/music players out of the water.

In 2010, Apple created yet another groundbreaking device with the introduction of the iPad. With its color touch-screen, the tablet gave users the ability to surf the Web, send e-mail, watch videos and read e-books.

Book publishers weren't the only ones to embrace the new tablet. A host of magazines, newspapers and broadcast news organizations, including The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and NPR, created iPad-specific apps that helped showcase stories — and images — in a tabloid-style layout.

And in January 2011, Apple reached a milestone by surpassing 10 billion downloads from its App Store — a sign of just how popular the company's devices have become with consumers.

"Simplifying complexity is not simple," says Susan Rockrise, a creative director who worked with Jobs. "It is the greatest, greatest gift to have someone who has Steve's capabilities as an editor and a product designer edit the crap away so that you can focus on what you want to do."

Rockrise believes Jobs touched pretty much anyone who has ever clicked a mouse, sent a photo over the Internet, published a book from a home computer or enjoyed portable music or a computer-animated movie.

She says they all have Jobs to thank for making it happen.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 07:10 PM
RIP Mr. Jobs. Apple is so scarily successful that I fear they are cloning Steve Jobs Version II as we speak.
 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 07:18 PM
Yes. RIP, Steve Jobs.
A man who, in his relatively short life, did indeed, change the world for the better and had a major impact on countless lives.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 07:41 PM
quote:
Seemed like a good guy.



Indeed.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 08:25 PM

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 08:37 PM
Very sad news. R.I.P. Steve Jobs

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 08:42 PM
Bummer, smart guy. His visions became reality. RIP Steve Jobs

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 08:51 PM
Woz was the nerd, Steve the visionary.

Praying for peace for his family.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 08:54 PM
“Here's to the crazy ones ~ the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers ~ the round pegs in the square holes ~ the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them ~ but the only thing you can't do is ignore them ~ because they change things ~ they push the human race forward ~ and while some may see them as the crazy ones ~ we see genius ~ because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world ~ are the ones who do” ~ Steve Jobs

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 09:06 PM
"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
 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 09:26 PM
A truly sad day...

RIP Steve Jobs.....

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 09:36 PM
That really sucks....

A true innovator.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 10:09 PM


Thanks Steve, you and Woz changed the world.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 05:56 AM
R.I.P., Steve.

Typing this from a Mac.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 06:52 AM
The comparisons between Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison are right on.

The Apple/Mac is such a better device than the IBM "PC" - and the attack of the clones that came after it. The Mac systems are just more stable. Apple (through Steve Jobs), created not only the computer but an array of programs designed to run on those systems.

At work (my money gig), I edit video with a program called Adobe Premiere on a PC "clone" (HP). The program and system work okay - but not without unpredictable crashes and system errors (not as frequent as with previous versions but they still occur).

At home, I use a program called Final Cut Pro on a Mac. Final Cut was designed and built by Apple to run on their systems. In other words, this is not a "third party" interface. The program runs beautifully - rarely with any difficulty at all.

And yes, a Mac might cost a little more than a similar PC clone, but the programs (again - designed to run on the Mac) are typically lower in cost than the similar third party programs that run on a PC (Final Cut Pro cost around $1,000.00, while Adobe Premiere is closer to $2,000.00).

I've always thought that Jobs was a pretty good sport for not suing the socks off of Bill Gates - who literally stole everything he has from Apple/Mac.

Steve Jobs was a technological giant, a free spirit and thinker and a dreamer. News of his passing breaks my heart. He will be missed.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 09:49 AM
Steve Jobs, a true visionary, who made his "visions" come true, and help changed the world by doing so.

RIP Steve.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 10:10 AM
if we can learn a lesson here, it's that even if you're a world-famous, respected, innovative billionaire, you're not guaranteed a long life. live your life with love!

pancreatic cancer is a death sentence right now. hopefully, this will bring more attention to this disease.

 

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RIP Steve Jobs. Your products were imo too expensive, but you were innovative, for sure. Too young to pass on.


Of course competitiors eventually made less expensive alternatives. Which I own.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 01:11 PM
RIP Mr. Jobs

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 05:16 PM
This indeed is very sad. Decades from now Steve Jobs will be remembered on the same level as Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and many others whose inventions made living life easier.

When the iPad was first introduced my first thought was "how ridiculous?" I learned more about it, bought one and it is now a powerful tool I use in my everyday life personal and business. My iPod is my portal to all of my music listening, in home, in the car, on the job, everywhere. Only plays what I like, all day long, commercial free. Couldn't live without my iPhone.

I heard some good news on the radio this afternoon, that Steve's forethought and vision will be able to sustain Apple's cutting edge for the next 4-5 years. After that? Who knows.....

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 05:34 PM
?"You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path. " ... rest peacefully Steve Jobs

 

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  posted on 10/7/2011 at 12:42 AM
RIP Mr. Jobs. Truly an innovative person

 

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