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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RE[2]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by Morgan on Fri 7th Oct 2011 10:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm sure, like many other highly influential people before him, his legacy will go through waves of respect and derision throughout the years to come. I do agree he had a reputation as a harsh and difficult to like guy on a personal level, especially to those within his sphere of innovation and productivity. There are countless anecdotes regarding his temper and arrogance towards those who missed living up to his impossibly high standards.

But that doesn't change the fact that he was a brilliant and enlightened person as well. He saw the world in a way that most of us never will, and I personally can look beyond the tantrums and see that the better qualities greatly outweighed the bad ones.

In short, he was human therefore subject to flawed emotions and reactions, just like any of us. As I never knew him personally, I choose to remember the great works he accomplished, just as I do regarding past innovators and geniuses, assholes though they may have been on a personal level.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I choose not to forget that past figures of importance were not perfect role models. I choose not to worship the dead. Call me weird, but I think there's harm in only remember the good stuff. I'm not going to tiptoe around his apparent flaws when talking about the man, nor should anyone be so obliged.

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testman Member since:
2007-10-15

Call me weird

I think "sociopath" would be more appropriate.

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