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Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away, the company said Wednesday evening.

Apple posted a simple statement on its site that started:

    Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.

Jobs died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old.

Jobs stepped down as Apple's CEO just over a month ago on Aug. 24 this year. (See Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:51:52 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

Steve, somewhere I hope you see all these messages.  I know you used to be obseesive about reading your own emails.


We will miss you.  More than most will admit.  


And thank you very very much.  For changing our lives and making entire industries out of your imagination.


via con dios amigo.  Yippee kay ya yah.


sailboat

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:51:52 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

He is in the iCloud.


 


seven


 


PS - Too soon?

eurichardson 12/5/2012 | 4:51:51 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

Thank you Steve. You made us all proud to be Americans with your inventions.


Now we will never know what your next game changing invention was going to be :-(

jggveth 12/5/2012 | 4:51:51 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

Dude was a gangster.  Singlehandedly destroyed the record biz and research in motion. 

jggveth 12/5/2012 | 4:51:51 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

Decent fair points but what you don't get is that I am complementing the man.

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:51:51 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

I choose to disagree with your assumptions.


1) music industry was already a dead man walking. They destroyed themselves by how they did distribution and acted like true gangsters in how they ran artists lives.  And then Napster, illegal downloads, etc.  It could be easily argued that iTunes helped the industry survive longer by generating some paid revenue for songs.  Otherwise illegal downloads would have been all there was.  he gave a way to generate income without printing records and charging artists obscene production and distribution costs


2) RIM destroyed them selves by failing to innovate and having no clear vision and strategy and resting on their "laurels" for too long. RIM took for granted that corporate IT deparments would stick with them.  In the same way that they emerged rapidly onto the scene in the early 2000's, they began to fade away as they took the market for granted.


of course this is IMHO.


But I think the results speak for themselves. Apple is worth more than exxon.  And we are communicating via a keyboard on personal computers and using graphical icons to do our work.  


sailboat

Steve0616 12/5/2012 | 4:51:50 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

True, Xerox had a great vision in developing icons for the "paperless office," but only Apple had the vision to make them so pretty you want to lick them.....(per Steve Jobs).

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:51:50 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

Seven,


re Xerox.  Of course!  I actually visited PARC and had an internship for a few weeks there in 1975.  Then did another small stint there in 76.  Never met Steve or Woz.  But I am clear where some of the ideas came from.


key is that Xerox did nothing with the ideas and eventually dramatically underfunded PARC.  Xerox was too content to rest on their buts in their superiority in copying.  


Another friend loaned Woz 10k to buy parts for the first prototype Apple and mouse.  Lol, one of his greatest regrets is that he did not take stock in return for the loan.  Apple founders offered it to him but he wanted his cash back and a little interest.  He jokingly tells me that he could not figure out why he would want stock in a company making electrical (deliberate use of the term electrical) mouses to click little arrows on a TV screen.  And he wanted to buy a new sound board for his music studio.  So he took the cash back when they were able to pay him.  


Unfortunately, like a true young "dumb..s" I did not pursue those connections nor career path in communications until many years later.  I probably missed 2 or even 3 distinct waves of innovation in silicon valley and consequently missed out on a great fortune before I jumped back in 13 years later.


When I did jump back in, my first boss, and the guy who taught me the art of the deal in telecom used to rep Intel when they had only 25 employees.  He used to make sales calls with Grove and Moore.  He was their rep when they decided to go from memory chips to processors. That boss helped close the IBM deal for Intel and negotiated the second source agreement with TI that allowed IBM to feel "safe" buying processors from a start up (Intel) instead of buying from large safe secure Motorola.


So I am pretty steeped in the culture.


I always wonder what would have happened if Xerox had been "awake" and active with their innovations.  or what would have happened if IBM had chosen the moto processor as they almost did.


sailboat

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:51:50 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

Sailboat,


 


Just FYI, think Xerox when you think Graphical icons and such.


 


seven

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:51:49 PM
re: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Is Dead at 56

 


And let's really not forget that really Xerox is the place that Ethernet came from.


And I went to college in Rochester, NY and watched Xerox focus on copiers as Kodak focussed on film.  Boy they pretty much screwed the pooch.  But remember that Apple was not alone in these things...they did a great job marketing things and packaging them for people.  I never used an Apple II (had friends with them).  I was more of a CP/M guy (we used to design products so that we would have to stock the motherboard components :) ).  My first Apple product was an *ugh* Lisa....


seven


 

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