R.I.P. Steve Jobs 1955-2011

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination that we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new… Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs

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  1. Bob
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    The silver lining to this sad story is that it finds the media completely ignoring Sarah Palin’s moronic campaign announcement. What a useless lump she is.

  2. Edward
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    ‎Ken Auletta on Steve Jobs: “Many books were dashed off describing what a tyrannical person Jobs could be—how he took the parking spaces of the handicapped, how he reduced employees to tears. Those tales will fade like yesterday’s newspapers. What will stand erect like an indestructible monument are the things Steve Jobs created that changed our lives…”

  3. anonymous mike
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of Palin, did you see this quote from Andrew Sullivan, Bob?

    “Today, we lost one of the very best in American history, a reticent genius and entrepreneur, an inspiration for countless of us who has changed the very fabric of our lives. And we also saw the end of the road for one of the very worst: a nasty, callow, delusional, vicious know-nothing, brewed in resentment, and whose accomplishments could fit on a postage stamp.

    It’s a fitting comparison: achievement versus resentment, creativity versus narcissism, hope versus fear. I know which one will get the bigger headlines tomorrow. And there is some comfort in knowing it will pain her.”

  4. Eel
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I think it’s weird that the top post on Steve Wozniak’s site today is on the possible link between cell phone use and cancer.

  5. Eel
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Here’s the link to the Apple founder’s site.


  6. Bob
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Great quote Mike.
    But dang, the thought that I’m thinking like Andrew Sullivan bums me out.

  7. gary
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    if only there were an app for pancreatic cancer.

    god bless you steve jobs. you were a visionary. enjoy your time in iheaven.

    and god bless all of the apple employees who are now jobless.

  8. Mr. X
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Word is that he could be a real hard ass, and Pete’s right that Apple has a reputation for not engaging in corporate philanthropy. That doesn’t change the fact, though, that, perhaps more than any other person, Steve Jobs is responsible for the computer that each of us interacting with this morning. Whether you’re on a Mac or not, I think it’s safe to say that your experience is somehow influenced by his vision. And that’s a huge thing. We interact with technology the way we do because of him, and he’ll definitely go down in history alongside Ford and Edison.

  9. TeacherPatti
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I hate all cancers, but esp. pancreatic cancer…it is so insidious and awful…killed my next door neighbor, so it’s personal with me. (In fact, if I could, I would rip off its head and shit down its neck!)

    Godspeed, Mr. Jobs!

  10. gary
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    sent from iphone. priceless irony!


  11. Bob
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    You could make a strong case for the downside of his company as well. Although he certainly didn’t invent wasteful consumerism, he took it to new levels. I really cringed when I saw coverage of people sleeping on sidewalks, waiting for some new expensive Apple gadget. I will avoid the temptation to rant about Apple stores and “genius bars,” which I find incredibly irritating. Sad to see him go though, he was clearly the Edison of our time.

  12. Dave Cash
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    So, farewell then Steve Jobs. You were the Apple of many an eye. His death wasn’t exactly unexpected but the reality has still come as a shock to many, going from the heartfelt tributes evident on many sites. The thing that stays with me most about him is he said, as others have, you have to love what you do. That’s his legacy for me.

  13. Meta
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Woz gets sad talking about it.


  14. TaterSalad
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    The hypocrites on this website are disgusting to say the least. There are articles slamming corporations and their CEO’s for making to much money and then there is this RIP article on Steve Jobs (appropriate name), also a CEO. All of you hypocrites complain about CEO’s making to much money and you want to tax him 90 to 100% on his earnings because you think he doesn’t pay enough. If that was the case, does anyone even think that Steve Jobs would have re-invested his earnings from the 1st. I-pad to subsequent future up-graded I-pads, risks involved, ($$) if his future monetary earnings were to be confiscated at 90 to 100%. What incentive would make him re-invest? You morons need to get real and quit being so hypocritical.

  15. TaterSalad
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Why don’t you Wall Street pricks take gripe on with these loons:

    Cutting spending isn’t enough. America needs to give the “boot” to these top TEN big spenders and Barack Obama is on the list here also:

  16. Posted October 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I hate to say it, but I agree with TaterSalad here. I won’t go so far as to hurl obscenities at anyone, though.

    I have often found the left’s infatuation with Steve Jobs and Apple to be incredibly hypocritical.

  17. dragon
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I hate to say it, but I agree with TaterSalad here.

    Then you’re an idiot too. Jobs had a salary of one dollar a year at Apple, I don’t think he would have minded being taxed at 90%.

  18. Efram Kerfluffle
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Tater sees things in black and white, as do many people who are confused by complexity. He sees people protesting on Wall Street and jumps to the conclusion that they hate corporations, when, in fact, all they are saying is that they want corporations to play by the same rules as the rest of us. He sees a protesters with iPads and goes berserk, calling them naive hypocrites. He can’t conceive of a world where things are complex. Yes, it’s possible to admire Steve Jobs and still hate the fact that GE doesn’t pay taxes. Not everything is simple.

  19. Posted October 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really like being called an idiot for an opinion I’ve held for more than a decade, but if you must sling that ball of mud, then do so.

    Jobs may have had an official salary of a dollar, but he was a major Apple shareholder. He would have paid a paltry 15% though capital gains on his dividends. But taxation wasn’t what I was referring to.

  20. dragon
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I called you an idiot for agreeing with that asshole, which I stated so clearly even a tater could understand.

    He would have paid a paltry 15% though capital gains
    Duh. But not what the asshole said.

    So, what part of tater’s post did you agree with??

  21. Posted October 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Tater is an asshole. this is true.

    I only agree that it’s odd that left leaning people put up an unapologetic capitalist like Jobs up on a pedestal. Apple’s record of philanthropy sucks, they make next to nothing in the US, their products have a shelf life of 2 days, are far overpriced and are mostly made with cheap, nonunionized labor and, if I am correct, their environmental record is poor.

    Now, im not saying that other companies are any better, but it’s odd that Apple gets such special treatment.

  22. Tiera Kuan
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Mr. Jobs should be up in Heaven with the likes of Aristotle, Einstein, Newton, Aquinas, Spinoza, and, of course, our beloved Ayn Rand. He did more than “put the Internet in our pocket”. May The Lord God and His angels be merciful. Rest in eternal peace, Mr. Jobs.

  23. Bob
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    The story about how he spent his final days was kind of interesting. Outside of his immediate family, the only people he visited with were venture capitalist friends, Apple board members and the CEO of Disney. I’m sure Jobs would still have agreed that Tater is an asshole though.

  24. Anonymous Mike
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    I read something last night about what a prick he was to his daughter, denying paternity for years, claiming that she couldn’t be his because he was unable to have children. Given his own history of adoption, which he notes in this video, it seemed really odd to me. The bottom line is that he was a complicated, very flawed individual. That doesn’t take away from the fact that he was brilliant and driven. If Edison were alive today, and we knew more about how he interacted with people on a day to day basis, I’m sure we’d agree that he was a horrible man as well. Unfortunately, that’s the way it often goes. Jefferson fucked his slaves. Ford loved the Nazis. Clinton ejaculated on his interns. Our heroes are deeply flawed.

  25. TaterSalad
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Old Tater is an asshole seems to be a bit harsh according to Mark but now he allows the name calling by a few! Hypocrite to the bone?. Yes! The true, full blown hypocrites are the protesters when using their I-phones, Blackberries and other electronic devices made by those rich CEO’s and their corporations they are protesting about.


  26. Lennie Wen
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I read somewhere today that Steve Jobs called up President Clinton and told him to get blown by Monica Lewinsky.

  27. GWD
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of Steve Jobs sitting at his desk, behind a huge rolodex, calling people up, and telling them to get blown.

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