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Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on October 05, 2011, 19:54:
I was saddened to learn that Steve Jobs has lost his battle with cancer..

Farewell Steve, you changed the world for the better, and it will be a less awesome place without you.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on October 05, 2011, 20:12:
Farewell. We'll miss you.
Posted by Erbo (Member # 199) on October 05, 2011, 20:23:
The world has lost an extraordinary human being. But I will say this:

As long as people are still using their Macs and Macbooks...

As long as we listen to our iPods...

As long as we take calls on our iPhones...

As long as we watch our Apple TVs...

As long as we still use our iPads...

And as long as we use the many, many products, both hardware and software, that work with them or were inspired by them...

Then Steve Jobs will never truly die.

For those are his legacy, his gift to the world. As surely as if they were the children of his own flesh and blood.
Posted by macmcseboy (Member # 1232) on October 05, 2011, 20:33:
One half of the dynamic duo that caused my career to happen has passed on. Rest Steve, you deserve it. Insanely Great! Real Artists Ship! You are one of the crazy ones that inspired us to do insane things.
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on October 05, 2011, 20:52:
May he rest in peace.
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on October 05, 2011, 21:10:
Such a sad day, but such a wonderful life.

Thanks Steve, for such inspiration.
Posted by Nitrozac (Member # 111) on October 05, 2011, 21:26:
[weep] Condolences, sympathies, tears, hugs, miss you Steve. [weep]
Posted by Sxeptomaniac (Member # 3698) on October 05, 2011, 21:27:
Don't forget the animation industry. It was under Jobs that Pixar went from being a computer company to an animation studio.

I'm not an Apple fan, but it would be difficult to name someone who's had more of an impact on the tech industry. Sad to see him die so young.
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on October 05, 2011, 23:03:
I cut my technological teeth on the Apple //c in Kindergarten and First Grade. My first computer was a Mac II.

Although I don't use Apple's products anymore, I am certain that the work of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak has changed my life. Most don't think about it, but the Steve's have truly changed the world.

The next time you turn on a light bulb, think of Thomas Edison. The next time you turn on your television, think of Philo Farnsworth. And the next time you reach out your index finger to click your mouse, think of Steve Jobs.
Posted by Erbo (Member # 199) on October 05, 2011, 23:37:
I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.
- Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

- Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011: On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much.
- Posted by Google to their Facebook page

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email [email protected]

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

- Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Inc.
Posted by Mr. Geek 2U (Member # 28663) on October 06, 2011, 00:36:
Remember, Steve is with us all!

He is at my finger tips and in my ears right now!

I learned yesterday that my cancer might be coming back. And you know what? When that happens it just reminds you to use your life well. Steve did.

Thanks Steve!

Mr. Geek2U!
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on October 06, 2011, 00:49:
Quoth Erbo:
"- Posted by Google to their Facebook page"

*brain explodes*

I guess that tells you about Steve's impact - he's brought many folks together in his memory.

Sent from my MacBook Pro. [Smile]
(All the best, Steve!)
Posted by Erbo (Member # 199) on October 06, 2011, 00:51:
Here's a whole page of tributes to Steve Jobs from those who worked both with him and against him, including Bill Gates, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, Steve Case, and Mark Zuckerberg.

And some Tweeted wishes:

Alas, Steve Jobs has died. May he rest in peace. What are we going to do now, without his insanely greatness?
- Bob Metcalfe (@BobMetcalfe), inventor of Ethernet, founder of 3Com

Im so sad.Its such a terrible loss.For the whole world.Ill never forget him.He did so much for me.
- Marc Benioff (@Benioff), founder and CEO, Salesforce

My thoughts go out to Steve Jobs' family and friends. Thank you for changing our world.
- Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff), founder, The Huffington Post

RIP Steve Jobs. You truly were a wizard among Muggles.
- Severus Snape (@_Snape_), Potions Master, Defence Against the Dark Arts Master, and Headmaster, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Posted by Rednivek (Member # 1148) on October 06, 2011, 01:11:
A great man.
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on October 06, 2011, 03:09:
Lector, si monumentum requiris, circumspice

Pogue nails it.
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on October 06, 2011, 04:19:
Posted by Sxeptomaniac (Member # 3698) on October 06, 2011, 13:50:
I liked Pixar's statement. It has a pretty good photo on the original post, too.
"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."
- John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer & Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
Posted by CyberGoddess (Member # 147) on October 06, 2011, 15:10:
I don't post much anymore, but I thought you guys might appreciate the makeshift memorial that's been set up in front of the San Francisco Apple Store in Union Square (which many around here call the Mothership... until the real one gets built).

Photos 1-7 were taken at 8am right after I got to the office (I work almost right across the street). 8-11 were taken at lunchtime when I went by).

Steve Jobs Memorial - SF Apple Store
Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on October 06, 2011, 16:23:
I know he accomplished many things, but I feel the saddest for his kids who are still pretty young. Hard to loose your father so young
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on October 06, 2011, 18:34:
Boing Boing has changed their CSS in an interesting sort of tribute to Jobs.

It's back to normal now.
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on October 06, 2011, 19:54:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
Lector, si monumentum requiris, circumspice

Pogue nails it.

Nice - cheers for the link. Right now, so very much has been written that one cannot find the time to read /all/ of it. That, OTOH, was a great read.

I think a key thing he hit on is Steve's track record. There's little doubt individual people and/or groups (startups or otherwise) will come up with a 'great product.' But great product after great product - that's a damn hard feat to accomplish. Even more difficult is great /new/ _consumer_ product after...

For instance, I'm sure there are cynics/haters out there for it, but I've used some crappy network gear...and I've used Cisco gear. I very much like most Cisco switches and routers I've worked on. Others like me do as well, and this is probably why they're a huge company - but their products are almost never 'game changers' like Apple's products. (And rarely consumer-facing.) I also adore Aruba networking equipment - and they continue to amaze me with their brilliant software releases...but no one outside my industry would know who they are - they'd ask if I meant the island. As such, while there are some great products out there that /aren't/ from Apple, very few continue to 'change the world,' like the stuff Steve has released. That's pretty damned impressive, and likely to be a very hard act to follow.
Posted by GMx (Member # 1523) on October 06, 2011, 23:07:
Very sad. After seeing how gaunt he had become recently, one knew the end was somehow coming soon, but still one held out hope that he could beat it. He was a visionary that the world won't see again.
Posted by Erbo (Member # 199) on October 07, 2011, 03:25:
xkcd has erected an "eternal flame" for Jobs...a beachball. [Big Grin]
There's always the hope that if you sit and watch for long enough, the beachball will vanish and the thing it interrupted will return.
I need to go by one of the Apple Stores here, to see if any Steve memorials have popped up there.
Posted by Erbo (Member # 199) on October 07, 2011, 03:31:
And, of course, you'll want to look at The Life and Career of Steve Jobs, as portrayed by the crazy Taiwanese at Next Media Animation.
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on October 07, 2011, 10:39:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
Pogue nails it.

Nice - cheers for the link. Right now, so very much has been written that one cannot find the time to read /all/ of it. <snip> That's pretty damned impressive, and likely to be a very hard act to follow.
Thanks Dman. What I like is how Pogue captures the unique combination of talents he had. Just as he said that Apple stood at the crossroads of technology and the liberal arts, so he too was as much an artist as a business genius. I cannot think of anyone else now or in the past who could fit that description. In trying to find some historical figure to compare him to, rather than the industrialists and inventors that keep being mentioned, the nearest I can get to him is Diaghilev, the great impresario. Steve's instruction to John Lasseter at Pixar to "make it great", also has echoes of Diaghilev's brief for Cocteau "Etonnez moi!"
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on October 07, 2011, 22:40:
Here's to the crazy ones...
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on October 08, 2011, 00:54:
BTW, anyone who has Friday's NYT - the crossword today is, *ahem*, great. [Smile]

Also, a proper article in Business referred to an 'article' on The Onion, which may be found here: [profanity alert] (I shrank the URL for anyone who is readily offended lest the story title in the path bother anyone)

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