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Steve Jobs, R.I.P.

Steve Jobs, R.I.P.

Sad news.  Steve Jobs has died, not long after he resigned from Apple.

My prior post about Jobs, An Apple what if.

An American corporate hero.  He will be missed.



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Sad news, indeed. Steve had the unique vision to succeed where others could not see an opportunity.

Indeed. Pest in Peace Steve Jobs

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Steve Jobs

Remember when so many journalists (and Robert Reich) said we had to have Japanese-style industrial policies where close government/conglomerate cooperation picking winners and then engaging in mercantilist ways to dominate industries if we were ever again going to compete with Japan?

Every consumer wanted Japanese electronics and appliances and cars … turning Japanese, we thought we were turning Japanese, we really thought so.

It seemed like a quaint fantasy at the time to think the world would ever again covet American-made consumer products. Game over, it seemed.

People like Steve Jobs showed what good ideas can do.

DINORightMarie | October 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

What I love most about Steve Jobs is that he created the Apple with Steve Wozniak in a garage, as a barefoot, long-haired hippie. Then, when he knew that this was a big deal, and realized the potential of this new creation, he cut his hair, put on a suit and went out to market this revolutionary product.

Capitalism won! 😀

I bought some Apple stock in April of 1997 around that time that Steve Jobs had made he comeback to Apple. At the time the only question about buying was “will Apple survive ?”
Today that stock I bought for $4 & change (adjusted for 2 splits) closed at $378

Thanks Steve

I have worked in IT since before there was an Apple Macintosh. I remember going to a computer store to see the Lisa which was a $9,999 computer that was the forerunner of the Mac. And I’d go back to look every time I had the chance. It seemed light years ahead of the IBM PC with 64KB of RAM and a single 160KB, 5.25 inch floppy drive.

Steve Jobs didn’t invent any of those concepts but he did commercialize them though at times the “war” was fierce and the path to success wasn’t obvious.

When I saw a picture of Jobs in late August I was aghast. It was clear he was terribly ill and I feared the worst. Unfortunately, I was more prescient than I realized.

America lost a great innovator and businessman today. A family lost a father and husband. I wish his family well in this time of grief.

    I almost bought a Lisa, but procrastinated long enough that they killed it

      WarEagle82 in reply to Neo. | October 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      From Wikipedia

      In 1989, Apple disposed of approximately 2,700 unsold Lisas in a guarded landfill in Logan, Utah, in order to receive a tax write-off on the unsold inventory.

      You can still have a Lisa if you can find the landfill and a good shovel…

theduchessofkitty | October 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

He wasn’t just the inventor of a computer: he invented a technological revolution.

He will be missed.

My sincere condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him.

theduchessofkitty | October 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Y’all should see the Apple site. Right now.

Left Coast Red | October 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm

THE American corporate Hero.


Windows Scrolling Through The Valley,
Lead the hackers off on a GUI tide.
There’s blood on the chips
Down at HP, DEC, and MIPS
But the heart of the Apple Lisa never died.

Jordin Kare

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A sad day for sure. Anyone who uses a computer, smartphone, software, etc. has been impacted by Steve’s legacy. 🙁

I’ve been an Apple user since 1987 and would have it no other way. Products that are well thought out, precise and high quality are the deal maker for me.

Now the company’s future is in the hands of others but I think that the basic team is intact and hopefully the creativity/innovation will continue.

Big shoes to fill indeed…