R.I.P. Steve Jobs 1955-2011



#22

Titan


#23

R.I.P. Truly a giant of the computer age.

#24

Just think what he could have done with the HP calculator division.


John


#25

I think he would have jettisoned the calculator division in favor of tablets. He was more about changing the way we do things than making minor incremental improvements.

Although HP jettisoned tablets in favor of... nothing?

#26

The Woz is the one who had an HP 35.
Just think what he would have done with the Calculator division.


#27

It was a 65, see HP-65 helped founding Apple.

#28

Condolences to his family. R.I.P. Mr. Jobs and thank you for all you contributed to the computer industry. Thank you for the iPod, Steve. You will be missed.


#29

Can't do anything more than concurring.

#30

With Steve, Apple became the diamond of computers-, technology- and innovation. Only Steve could have done all this. His spirit will live forever and inspire. Inspire to challenge new frontiers, so that new pupils, new students, new scientists and others get a better life.

Steve changed our world to a better place for all of us.

Thank you for everything Steve.

Edited: 6 Oct 2011, 3:22 a.m.


#31

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Only Steve could have done all this. His spirit will live forever and inspire.

With such a religious following, perhaps there'll be a second coming!


#32

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With such a religious following, perhaps there'll be a second coming!

We will see in three days.


#33

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We will see in three days.

Too soon, I think. Such greatness should see a millennial return on 1 January 10000, after all the Y10K computer hype has been exhausted and the world is ready for hype of a different sort.

#34

His iconic iPad and iPOd are my kids' favourite electronic products. they practically grew up on these devices. thanks Steve, we will miss you.

hpnut in Malaysia


#35

Think Different! In memory of Steve Jobs, may his soul rest in peace.

#36

From the LA Times:

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Analysts say Jobs drew inspiration for the university from Bill Hewlett and David Packard, whose greatest creation was not the pocket calculator or the minicomputer, but Hewlett-Packard itself. Hewlett and Packard famously set out their company's core values in "The HP Way."

Eric


#37

The book was one of my door prices. :-)

#38

I am sad the man has passed and do have several apple product in the house. But some of the lauding is just way beyond my understanding.

Here is a post from a friend of mine that puts things in perspective for me:

Link to Post


#39

Norman, thanks for the link. Thumbs up!

#40

Hi, Normam
For the first time I see someone quetioning the production of American products out of US...

#41

Others have noted how remarkable it is that most of us feel comfortable calling Mr. Jobs "Steve." Lots of theories have been advanced to explain this. I just think it's down to how he made you feel he was listening to you, and that he shared your enthusiasms. You get both messages loud and clear when using the products he conceived.

I saw Steve Jobs face-to-face just once. He was at a SunWorld conference plugging NeXTStep. (It must have been in 1993, because that's when NeXTStep 3.1 was shipped, which featured Sun SPARC/Solaris support.) He gave a dazzling keynote speech regarding the technology. It was the best dog-and-pony show I've ever seen. Later, I wandered near him in the exhibits. I wish I had spoken to him then. I didn't partly because I had some old resentments. I was a starving student when the Macintosh came out. I owned an Apple //e which I bought on time with my father cosigning the loan. I had no prospect of owning a Mac, so that colored my thinking about them. I felt put upon that the price of a Mac was so high. I ended up with an Amiga because I hated PCs too, but that's another story. I was also down on NeXT since my University admin days. They tended to be hard to centrally manage despite the wonderful tools available to do so. It was a political thing. NeXT workstations were bought by professors who wanted out of central system management, but who nonetheless expected support. None of that was NeXT's fault. I certainly wanted one myself. Nonetheless, those thoughts colored my perception of Steve Jobs at that conference.I had irrational reasons to resent him. Alas, I'm not always rational. (I flatter myself that irrationality was a symptom of inexperienced youth and that I'm better now. My rational mind tells me that's probably not so true as I'd like. :) The other reason I didn't speak up was that I was starstruck. But I did get a chance to watch him dazzle suits and geeks without slipping a gear. The breadth of his repertoire was astounding. His interactions were fluid and intuitive. He left people smiling because he understood them. He took that understanding and used it to paint a picture of the future that was challenging, fascinating and, above all, cool.

I think the traits that made him one of the most potent salesmen of the 20th and 21st centuries were the same ones that lead us to call him "Steve" now. The unalloyed vision that speaks so loudly from Apple's products challenges and fascinates us. Those products are personal, intimate even. They track our enthusiasms and lead us on to better ones. They are, above all else, cool. Looking under the hood a bit reveals some troubling aspects of Steve Job's vision and approach, to me at least. But it's sad the voice behind those visions is now quiet. The world won't have quite as much cool post-Steve. Someone else, or many someone elses, will have to carry it on.


#42

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Others have noted how remarkable it is that most of us feel comfortable calling Mr. Jobs "Steve." Lots of theories have been advanced to explain this. ...

I think the traits that made him one of the most potent salesmen of the 20th and 21st centuries were the same ones that lead us to call him "Steve" now. .... But it's sad the voice behind those visions is now quiet. The world won't have quite as much cool post-Steve. Someone else, or many someone elses, will have to carry it on.


I purchased my first Apple product a couple of years ago. Now there are two in my house. They aren't a good fit for me but I respect the accomplishment, credit due in large part to Steve Jobs, which made them possible.

Personally while I never spoke with him, from my perspective he wanted to be "Steve" rather than "Mr. Jobs" or "The Steve Jobs". He was part of the billionaire club but perhaps one of its most normal members. No walled compound, no gated community, not even a private road. He lived in a normal house, on a public street, in a normal neighborhood where the neighborhood children would come trick-or-treat at his house.

Goodbye Steve. I'll miss you.


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