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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011 edited
    He literally changed the world. Sad loss, but such a legacy to leave. RIP.
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    Hardly surprising, but sad nonetheless. Think of all the art, music, what have you, that has been created with his products. I think the last time I went without using an Apple product on a daily basis has to be close to a decade for me now.
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    Respect. The guy was a visionary.
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
    I saw the news pop up a couple places, but didn't believe it at first because no one on my campus was running down the halls shouting about it. If that doesn't speak to the kind of impact he's had on the world, I don't know what does. And this is coming from someone who doesn't even like Apple.
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    The best comment I've come across is that a vast number of people will have heard of his passing on a device that he (or at least his company) developed.

    Also I find it slightly heartwarming that he managed to hold on until Microsoft finally gave up on the Zune.
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
    “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.”

    Steve Jobs said that. I didn't know this until just now when Meredith Yayanos posted it on twitter, but it's such a great quote, and this is a good place to post it too, I think.

    I don't own any Apple stuff. But I can certainly appreciate what the man did, and the impact he had on the world. I have to say though, almost more than I'm sad about losing the man himself, seeing all this news about Steve Jobs makes me sad for his family. I mean, they can't even go online to get distracted and escape for a bit. I guess it's the same with anyone who has some amount of fame, but that's gotta suck.
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    Not only did Jobs change the way we use computers in the early days of Apple, but the other company he founded, NeXT, created two decades ago the computing environment we use today. UNIX-based cross-platform OS ( OS X, used on Macs, iPhones, iPods, iPads, etc etc), the very first web server, the World Wide Web browser, etc etc. Today's Apple is essentially NeXT under a different name. I had access to a NeXT cube back in the early 90's, and it just FELT like I was touching the future. The man was a fucking visionary.

    And hey, c'mon, PIXAR. PIXAR!
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    I remember back in the 80s when my dad, most likely to stop me from running around, would take me downstairs to his office to type or play Kid Pix on his Macintosh 128K (or was it the 512Ke?). You know...some people have fond memories of a 56K modem buzzing around, mine will always be the wirring sound of the computer starting up or loading or...doing anything.

    And it's funny how much, since then, macs have always been THERE. Ever moving forward. And it's really sad to see the face of that, or more the black sweater and blue jeans of the company, is now gone forever. Hrm.
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    @Fishelle: That quote came from this commencement speech to Stanford a few years ago. Worth a read.

    I've always felt bad for Woz. I never liked Jobs because of his relationship with Woz and just general dickery that comes with being one of the business elite. But you can't deny the huge amount of impact he both directly and indirectly had on all of our lives.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    The Westboro Baptist Church is planning to picket his funeral.

    What better proof could there be that he was a swell guy?
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    They also announced it via an iPhone..

    Mom was pretty bummed out last night, she used to sell them back in the day before Apple stores and got to meet him once during the two conferences she got to go to that Apple held in Chicago.

    I still think my old Macintosh Performa 6400 was the best computer ever made. That thing was a beast and also had the best keyboard I have ever used.
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    the first internet porn i ever saw was on a mac.
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    ...but he's not dead... he'll be back in a few months with enhanced functionality and a slightly different hairdo...

    too soon?
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    #iSad is trending on twitter.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    I'm pretty sure that I disagreed with him on many, many political levels (specifically his support of amending patent law), but the man was instrumental in bringing technology to the masses like no other person I can think of, and for that, I owe him a lot of what makes me "me."

    We should all take comfort in the fact that while he died very young, he lived up to his own living ethic in every way he could. He was an actualized human being in ways that many wish they could be, and that's a pretty damned amazing thing.
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    @ TheEndsOfInvention - I think it's never too soon to poke fun at the beatification of the favorite salesman of geeks.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    A really good, long, thoughtful appreciation of Steve Jobs by British comedian / wonk Stephen Fry:
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    He was an easy man to mock, and I've never been hugely keen on him or his company.

    Being in the right place at the right time is seen by some as fortune, but they've said much the same about my own ex-boss.

    The fact is, Jobs was a game coder before games coding existed. Was a designer of home computers before people knew they needed computers in their home. Backed CGI movies when cel was king, and recognised the impact the mp3 codec would have on the way people listen to music.

    By all means mockthe apparent sainthood, he was absolutely no saint. But at the same time do not belittle the world changing things he was very much a part of.

    56 is no age at all. Not when there's still so much more to be done.
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    Patton Oswald said it best
    "Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. Closest things we had to Tony Stark"
    Seriously, I bought my first MacBook 3? 4 years ago after just being annoyed at Windows. I'll never buy a PC again. I've owned an iPod for nearly a decade, bought the first gen iPhone the first week it was out.
    There was an article in Wired I believe a few years ago about him, and how he ran Apple with an iron fist, overseeing every design decision, and that since there are no special parking spaces at the Apple campus, if he arrived late and there were no open spaces near the front of the building he would just park in the handicapped spaces.
    Now knowing he was suffering from cancer for who knows how long, that becomes no longer dickish, but just sad.