Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

It’s a sad day.

Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday at the age of 56.

His family, in a statement released by Apple, said Mr. Jobs “died peacefully today surrounded by his family…We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

The company didn’t specify the cause of his death. Mr. Jobs had battled pancreatic cancer and several years ago received a liver transplant. In August, Mr. Jobs stepped down as CEO, handing the reins to Tim Cook.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” Mr. Cook said in a letter to employees. “We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”

I grew up using Apple computers, had to switch to PC for college (architecture’s industry standard CAD software AutoCAD was PC only then) and switch back to Mac after graduation. I own various incarnations of iPods. I use my iPhone like my life depends on it. I will get the next iPad. Last year I started running with the encouragement of software that would not exist had it not been for his vision.

Jobs was a man of genius and vision. May he rest in peace.

20 thoughts on “Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

  1. Richie October 5, 2011 / 10:50 pm

    Steve Jobs – you will be missed by the world. You gave a lot to us and proved that capitalism makes for a better society. Rest in peace.

  2. Cluster October 6, 2011 / 8:53 am

    We have lost a legend. On another note however, it was interesting how the anti capitalists, anti corporate morons on MSNBC covered this, from the Occupy Wall Street location no less. Do they not realize that Apple is one of the largest corporations in the world? Do they not realize that Steve Jobs, personifies capitalism, and was one of the richest men in the world? Yet they glorified his life – as they should have. I guess they hate all capitalists and corporations, except this one.

    • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 9:09 am


      It proves all the money, power, connections can not add one minute to your life.
      When God calls all must answer.
      The world has lost a brilliant innovator.

    • cory October 6, 2011 / 1:13 pm

      I know this is difficult for some of you to grasp, but there are a whole lot of people who say and do things constantly that don’t involve some sort of political/ideological agenda. Even if I haven’t always agreed with the decisions Jobs has made over the years, I can still respect that the man was bright and made his mark in the world even while fighting his persistent, and eventually fatal, illness. It would never have even occurred to me (or probably the people working at MSNBC) to try to use his death to make an ideological point, especially since for all that Jobs benefited from capitalist systems, he’s never really been vocal on the issue.

      I guess this all goes back to recognizing that people who do not agree with you on every issue are not evil monsters trying to collapse society and murder your children.

      • Cluster October 6, 2011 / 1:17 pm

        I guess this all goes back to recognizing that people who do not agree with you on every issue are not evil monsters trying to collapse society and murder your children. – cory

        You might want to let the hyper emotional pundits on MSNBC, like Sharpton and Maddow, know about this. They are convinced that republicans are evil monsters.

        And Cory, Apple is one of the largest corporations in the world, so tell me why liberals are not bashing them. Shouldn’t Jobs be considered as an evil, greedy profiteer?

      • David October 6, 2011 / 3:26 pm

        Note that Cory is holding Cluster responsible for Cluster’s behavior and Cluster is holding Cory responsible for Rachel Maddow’s behavior.

        Liberals have been bashing Apple for years on its environmental and labor standards.

      • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 3:42 pm


        on every issue are not evil monsters trying to collapse society and murder your children.

        Many are though.

  3. goldjake October 6, 2011 / 9:47 am

    I think if you read all the press going around Steve Jobs had his impact on major internet companies such as google, and facebook with very little press. The quotes from Zuckerburg, Bill Gates and Eric Schmitt were amazing and showed that even if you are rivals you can get along. THere is a well known rumor gates and jobs met every week for dinner to discuss business and they are long time friends. It is an inspiration for this country for a few things. Shows with an awesome product Americans will buy quality over cheaper(iphone versus the other phones) and that people can bridge the gap with competitiors.

  4. Cluster October 6, 2011 / 9:55 am

    One little factoid lost in the glorification of Gates and Jobs, is the fact that Steve Wozniak made it all possible. Wozniak is the guy that invented the “microchip”, and without that, all of these very sleek designed computers, phones, ipods, etc., would not have been possible.

    • watsonredux October 6, 2011 / 10:15 am

      cluster, Steve Wozniak did not invent the “microchip.” He also did not invent the personal computer. He did use them to create the original Apple computer and Apple II. It’s true that without Woz there would have been no Apple, but without Steve there would be no Apple today.

      • Cluster October 6, 2011 / 11:01 am

        I had read years ago that it was Wozniak that perfected the computing process by condensing the multitude of complex calculations performed by computers down to a tiny silicon wafer, and that is what made personal computing mainstream. Before that, computers filled the size of a banquet room. Can’t find the source now, but I do remember reading it in one of my classes. Maybe you can enlighten us.

      • David October 6, 2011 / 3:29 pm

        Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce are widely credited with creating the integrated circuit, though Yale Patt has some claims as well. In truth, there were many different people involved in the evolution of microelectronics.

        Wozniak was a system integrator. He took off-the-self parts that normal people couldn’t understand, and built a coherent and usable system. Steve saw the mass appeal of this, and off they went.

  5. Cluster October 6, 2011 / 11:06 am

    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if the socialist liberals would take a lessen from Jobs and try and emulate his success, rather than Stalin’s?

    • David October 6, 2011 / 3:29 pm

      There are plenty of socialists working at Apple.

      • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 3:44 pm


        name them.

      • David October 7, 2011 / 2:18 am

        Well Al Gore is on the board. Other than public figures I’m not going into naming my coworkers…

      • neocon1 October 7, 2011 / 8:32 am


        do you still work there?
        seems Wozniak was the brains, jobs the snake oil “salesman”

        Jobs returned to his previous job at Atari and was given the task of creating a circuit board for the game Breakout.

        According to Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Atari had offered $100 for each chip that was eliminated in the machine.

        Jobs had little interest in or knowledge of circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the bonus evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips. Much to the amazement of Atari, Wozniak reduced the number of chips by 50, a design so tight that it was impossible to reproduce on an assembly line.

        According to Wozniak, Jobs told Wozniak that Atari had given them only $700 (instead of the actual $5,000) and that Wozniak’s share was thus $350.

        a REAL liberal indeed…..

      • David October 8, 2011 / 3:35 am

        Yes I still work there.

        No one suggested Steve Jobs was a liberal.

      • neocon1 October 8, 2011 / 2:56 pm

        he was a nut case liberal, brilliant but……..

      • neocon1 October 8, 2011 / 2:59 pm

        In the fall of 1974, Jobs returned to California and began attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club with Wozniak. He took a job as a technician at Atari, a manufacturer of popular video games, with the primary intent of saving money for a spiritual retreat to India.

        Jobs then traveled to India to visit the Neem Karoli Baba[37] at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend (and, later, the first Apple employee), Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment. He came back a Buddhist with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing.[38][39] During this time, Jobs experimented with psychedelics, calling his LSD experiences “one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life”.[40] He later said that people around him who did not share his countercultural roots could not fully relate to his thinking.[40]

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