RIP Steve Jobs (merged with other thread of same name)

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  1. homerdog

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    This is just so sad. You make it to the top of the world to have it taken away.
     
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    I never thought his health would be so bad when he resigned that he would pass away so soon.

    The world is poorer without him.

    RIP Steve, you were a legend.
     
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    Cancer is horrible. Rest in peace, Steve.
     
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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...0753210811910.html?mod=WSJ_Home_largeHeadline
     
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    A number of things hit me when I saw the sad news.

    1) I saw it at 1 am my time courtesy of a quick check of emails on my iPad2, whilst lying in bed, having just watched a tv program on it. He has,via this device, totally changed the locations and times I interact with media and Internet. It is indeed magical. I personally find it very fitting that I read it on an iPad.

    2) this is a man who literally had billions at his disposal....he is the most startling example of the truism that good health is, in fact, priceless. If you are healthy, look after you health beyond all.

    3) I feel genuinely sad, I dunno why. Up until 3 years ago I never had an apple device. I've had a couple of iPhones and this iPad, so not exactly a fanboy, never did the mac thing. But I think his combinational gifts of visualising a device, making it real,being prepared to go totally against the norm, and being able to sell his vision to the public, makes his particular genius quite exceptional in consumer electronics. His contribution to ce makes others look dull.

    4) I hope and pray that a major part of the jobs "secret sauce" remains within apple, they have truly innovated by being disruptive, and it would be a major diaster for the entire ce segment if they slowly transform into a vanilla company.
     
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    Wow,

    Steve Jobs was a class act and will be missed. RIP Steve :(
     
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    This is sad news. The man was visionary.
     
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    Rest in peace.
     
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    Here's his take on death from his 2005 Stanford commencement speech:

    When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

    Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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.

    About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

    I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

    This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

    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.
     
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    We've lost far too many people to this...

    But that quote is very, very right - I hope he hasn't had a single day to regret since that fateful diagnose in 2004. Words to live by, really.
     
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    Damn ben I don't recall you ever mentioning that around here. Of course if you didn't I completely understand. Internet friends don't really count for much, but hell don't go dying without saying goodbye!

    And it's awesome that you're doing okay now. Peace and love :)

    I never was and never will be an Apple guy but I got an iPod touch 4 for Christmas. You can think whatever you like about the company and its policies, but it's just an awesome device.
     
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    I believe those were steves words

    I had a ipad at home for a couple of days last week so I tried it out for the first time, no real improvement from my android pad, both are a piece of junk, I hate touchscreens.
    Ive got a mac here, which I dont use since the OS doesnt agree with me, also had an ipod nano.
    So even me an non apple guy have had a couple of those ubiquitous apple machines.

    It just shows even with all the cash in the world you cant beat death, IIRC there was some positive cancer news the other day.

    WRT resting in peace, do you all believe death is final then? Hell Im waiting for the zombie apocalypse so I can live again when I go
     
  15. John Reynolds

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    I told my wife I knew he was on death's door when he resigned. No way he would've relinquished control otherwise.
     
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    He changed so much. Apple lover or hater, one must admit it. He had vision and passion.
    56 is far too young.
     
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    Don't forget that we have Jobs to thank for the Pixar movies as well.

    You can only shudder to think what might have occurred had (what became) Pixar had stayed in the hands of George Lucas...

    Oh, also, my project on NeXTSTEP at University helped me to get a half decent degree after three years of indolence. ;)
     
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    I am actually sad.
    I am sad even though I hate his products.
    I am sad even though I hate his business practices.
    I didn't know that I would be this sad that he died.
    I guess deep inside, I truly respected and admired him.
    R.I.P. Steve Jobs
    I offer my condolences to his family and friends.
     
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    A great man who could make a big company creative.
    A great man who managed to use vertical integration to deliver great and unique products.
    A great man who could understand human desires when others thought there was nothing to understand.

    A great man. RIP.
     
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    I found Steve Job's speech at Stanford very interesting:
     
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