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Apple says its iconic founder, Steve Jobs, has died



Josh Visser, CTVNews.ca Staff

Date: Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011 7:55 PM ET

Apple says its iconic co-founder, Steve Jobs, has died. He was 56.

Jobs had just stepped down as CEO in August due to health problems.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius and the world has lost an amazing human being," the company said on its website Wednesday evening.

"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."

Apple, the United States' most valuable company and arguably the world's most-loved technology brand, asked those who wanted to share their thoughts and condolences to email rememberingsteve@apple.com

More details to follow...

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20111005/apple-steve-jobs-111005/#ixzz1ZxFgXmEG
I knew he was in bad health, but I did not know it was that bad. I offer condolences to his family.  I cannot help but wonder how long it'll be before we see a bunch of puns/jokes on the net about this.
Fuck, and I just bought a Mac.
I didn't agree with his business practices really, but the man was (arguably) one hell of a titan in Silicon Valley.  I'm not too worried about Apple as a company though, they've been preparing for it for years, and Tim Cook has a very good head on his shoulders.
As I type this on my iPad, I'm thankful for the contributions he has made to our world's technology.  He was truly a visionary in his own rite.  Though I'm sure he will be missed and mourned by some, I doubt Apple will suffer.
‎"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Stay hungry. Stay foolish." -Steve Jobs 1955-2011
I'll offer my condolences to the passing of a public figure.


Just watched some stuff on the TV. The platitudes are getting way over the top already. Move over Saint Jack of Orange Crush, there's a new canonization in the works.
recceguy said:
I'll offer my condolences to the passing of a public figure.


Just watched some stuff on the TV. The platitudes are getting way over the top already. Move over Saint Jack of Orange Crush, there's a new canonization in the works.

Saint Steve of Macintosh.....?

Sorry couldn't resist.
:pullhair:  :facepalm:
I gotta admit, the guy seemed to be at the forefront of every "paradigm shift" of how we viewed computing technology for the last 40 years.  I don't lay the praise out often, but he was a visionary; if for anything he could figure out what people wanted.
I bought my first Apple, an Apple //e, about 30 years ago - it was, pretty much, the best, in some respects the only real personal computer out there. Mine had a whopping 128 kilobytes of RAM, two floppy disk drives, but it also had a real DOS and three useful programmes: Applewriter which, with its "dot command" system looked a bit like existing word processors for 'real' computers (like Vi), a pioneering, useful data base manager which worked under Pascal - and required two disk drives, one to run the Pascal compiler and the other to run the DB programme, and, the programme, the killer app, that made Apple and later IBM PCs useful, Visicalc. The Apple //e, unlike all subsequent Apple products accepted third party expansion solutions - hard (cards) and soft.

Steve Jobs and tech genius Steve Wosniak quite literally changed the world. The Apple II family, running Apple DOS, were the first PCs, they were, in the early days, qualitatively better than the IBM PC with Bill Gates' kludgy MS DOS system. That Gates understood something Jobs (and Wosniak) did not is self evident by the MS vs Apple installed base on desktops and in briefcases; that Jobs understood something Gates et al did not is self evident by the iWorld of devices.

and, and, and ...

Good job, Steve Jobs.
Brihard said:
‎"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Stay hungry. Stay foolish." -Steve Jobs 1955-2011

That sure is a beauty, someone just posted this one Facebook, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy about being a CF member...

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
-Steve Jobs 2005

Although the dinosaurs don't give me the impression that it'll get better and better as the years roll on ;D
Seen somewhere else:
"See Apple! Your stupid iPhone 4S disappointed Steve Jobs to death. Way to go. "

New York Times
The Latest In Technology From David Pogue

October 6, 2011, 2:55 am
Steve Jobs: Imitated, Never Duplicated
Wednesday evening, Apple broke the news that Steve Jobs had died.

Since that moment, tributes, eulogies and retrospectives have poured over the world like rain. He changed industries, redefined business models, fused technology and art. People are comparing him to Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Leonardo da Vinci. And they’re saying that it will be a very long time before the world sees the likes of Steve Jobs again.

Probably true. But why not, do you suppose?

After all, there are other brilliant marketers, designers and business executives. They’re all over Silicon Valley — all over the world. Many of them, maybe most of them, have studied Steve Jobs, tried to absorb his methods and his philosophy. Surely if they pore over the Steve Jobs playbook long enough, they can re-create some of his success.

But nobody ever does, even when they copy Mr. Jobs’s moves down to the last eyebrow twitch. Why not?

Here’s a guy who never finished college, never went to business school, never worked for anyone else a day in his adult life. So how did he become the visionary who changed every business he touched? Actually, he’s given us clues all along. Remember the “Think Different” ad campaign he introduced upon his return to Apple in 1997?

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.”

In other words, the story of Steve Jobs boils down to this: Don’t go with the flow.

Steve Jobs refused to go with the flow. If he saw something that could be made better, smarter or more beautiful, nothing else mattered. Not internal politics, not economic convention, not social graces.

Apple has attained its current astonishing levels of influence and success because it’s nimble. It’s incredibly focused. It’s had stunningly few flops.

And that’s because Mr. Jobs didn’t buy into focus groups, groupthink or decision by committee. At its core, Apple existed to execute the visions in his brain. He oversaw every button, every corner, every chime. He lost sleep over the fonts in the menus, the cardboard of the packaging, the color of the power cord.

That’s just not how things are done.

Often, his laser focus flew in the face of screamingly obvious common sense. He wanted to open a chain of retail stores — after the failure of Gateway’s chain had clearly demonstrated that the concept was doomed.

He wanted to sell a smartphone that had no keyboard, when physical keys were precisely what had made the BlackBerry the most popular smartphone at the time.

Over and over again, he took away our comfy blankets. He took away our floppy drives, our dial-up modems, our camcorder jacks, our non-glossy screens, our Flash, our DVD drives, our removable laptop batteries.

How could he do that? You’re supposed to add features, not take them away, Steve! That’s just not done!

(Often, I was one of the bellyachers. And often, I’d hear from Mr. Jobs. He’d call me at home, or when I was out to dinner, or when I was vacationing with my family. And he’d berate me for not seeing his bigger picture. On the other hand, sometimes he’d call to praise me for appreciating what he was going for. A C.E.O. calling a reviewer at home? That’s just not done.)

Eventually, of course, most people realized that he was just doing that Steve Jobs thing again: being ahead of his time.

Eventually, in fact, society adopted a cycle of reaction to Apple that became so predictable, it could have been a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

Phase 1: Steve Jobs takes the stage to introduce a new product.

Phase 2: The tech bloggers savage it. (“The iPad has no mouse, no keyboard, no GPS, no USB, no card slot, no camera, no Flash!? It’s dead on arrival!”)

Phase 3: The product comes out, the public goes nuts for it, the naysayers seem to disappear into the earth.

Phase 4: The rest of the industry leaps into high gear trying to do just what Apple did.

And so yes, there are other geniuses. There are other brilliant marketers, designers and business executives. Maybe, once or twice in a million, those skills even coincide in the same person.

But will that person also have the vision? The name “Steve Jobs” may appear on 300 patents, but his gift wasn’t invention. It was seeing the promise in some early, clunky technology — and polishing it, refining it and simplifying it until it becomes a standard component. Like the mouse, menus, windows, the CD-ROM or Wi-Fi.

Even at Apple, is there anyone with the imagination to pluck brilliant, previously unthinkable visions out of the air — and the conviction to see them through with monomaniacal attention to detail?

Suppose there were. Suppose, by some miracle, that some kid in a garage somewhere at this moment possesses the marketing, invention, business and design skills of a Steve Jobs. What are the odds that that same person will be comfortable enough — or maybe uncomfortable enough — to swim upstream, against the currents of social, economic and technological norms, all in pursuit of an unshakable vision?

Zero. The odds are zero.

Mr. Jobs is gone. Everyone who knew him feels that sorrow. But the ripples of that loss will widen in the days, weeks and years to come: to the people in the industries he changed. To his hundreds of millions of customers. And to the billions of people touched more indirectly by the greater changes that Steve Jobs brought about, even if they’re unaware of it.

In 2005, Steve Jobs gave the commencement address to the graduating students at Stanford. He told them the secret that defined him in every action, every decision, every creation of his tragically unfinished life:

“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.”

And yes, Fred Phelps has managed to co-opt this too.  :facepalm:


And it managed to tempt even the Westboro Baptist Church, the despicable band of publicity hounds who appear at the funerals of all and sundry to urge us to repent, or something. Now they’re planning to picket the funeral of Steve Jobs.

“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin,” Margie Phelps tweeted — from her iPhone.

That’s iRony for you.
A man this rich will probably have a very private funeral, I would be surprised if those hate mongers are able to get close.