Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Oct 2011 00:02 UTC
Apple On its website, Apple has just confirmed that its co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, has passed away at age 56. After bringing the company back from the brink of bankruptcy and turning it into one of the world's most succesful technology companies, Jobs lost the battle with pancreatic cancer.
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by WorknMan on Thu 6th Oct 2011 00:27 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

I'm sure there will be endless ruminating in the days and weeks to come about what this means to Apple, but let's not forget the man or his contributions to the technology world. Love him or hate him, he was a game changer.

R.I.P Steve, your light was extinguished way too early. You should've lived another 30 years or more.

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by Morgan on Thu 6th Oct 2011 00:36 in reply to "Sad"
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2005-06-29

You've summed up exactly how I feel. Though I don't care for the company anymore, I've always looked up to him as a brilliant business leader and an example of how to resurrect a company from certain death. Apple owes everything they have now to his legacy.

Rest in peace, Steve.

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by zima on Tue 11th Oct 2011 23:56 in reply to "RE: Sad"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Yup.

Though, it's perhaps worth pondering how much of the company is now Apple, and how much NeXT in disguise ...it was essentially a corporate coup when Steve returned; probably most present core technologies in Apple product lines tracing their lineage back to Next, or developed/adapted/bought after Steve's return.
Next being also largely about Steve Jobs, obviously.

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by SnowBuddha on Thu 6th Oct 2011 06:53 in reply to "Sad"
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2009-04-17

Well said. Steve you will be missed.

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by FunkyELF on Thu 6th Oct 2011 12:17 in reply to "Sad"
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2006-07-26

Love him or hate him, he was a game changer.


I'll choose the latter. As far as the good or bad outweighing the other... I think the bad far outweighs the good. Most of the good he did was for himself and Apple shareholders; most of the bad he did was for the world of computing and software.

R.I.P Steve, your light was extinguished way too early. You should've lived another 30 years or more.


My prediction... in 30 years the puzzle pieces for the cure to cancer will be held by 7 different companies as greedy as Steve and Apple. They won't be able to come to an agreement and put their pieces together to save a single life.

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by twitterfire on Thu 6th Oct 2011 21:11 in reply to "RE: Sad"
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2008-09-11


I'll choose the latter. As far as the good or bad outweighing the other... I think the bad far outweighs the good. Most of the good he did was for himself and Apple shareholders; most of the bad he did was for the world of computing and software.

True enough. Maybe in contrast with mr. Gates which did many good things after he has resigned from MS. But still, many if not most very rich people and billionaires do what common people consider "bad things" as they roam the jungle of capitalism and try to become richer. And being "bad" and eventually greedy doesn't mean that a person deserves to die.


My prediction... in 30 years the puzzle pieces for the cure to cancer will be held by 7 different companies as greedy as Steve and Apple. They won't be able to come to an agreement and put their pieces together to save a single life.

If there will be a cure for cancer, I bet that the "Apples" of pharmaceutical and bioengineering companies will patent some ideas and sue the competition for patent infringement.

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