Steve Jobs

October 5, 2011 by  
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Steve Jobs

1955-2011

He created my world.

I need to say something, but I don’t know what to say. I got on Usenet on an Apple IIe. I saw the Cambridge coffee pot on a pizza-box Performa. I learned HTML by hand on a Grape iMac when the Web was new. My iPhone is my life – I take credit cards, use bookkeeping software, invoice clients, have access to all my information, take pictures, buy anything from books to sweaters, check my bank balance, find out when the next bus is coming and where the nearest coffee shop is, study for the CPA exam, play Fruit Ninja, listen to music, and communicate with the world, all on a device that fits in my hand.

The man who gave me the ability to do the most awesome and fun things in my life is gone.

I am just going to share some quotes, some from the Internet, and some from Steve Jobs himself.

@god_damn_batman: The genius we didn’t deserve, but the one we needed. Farewell, Steve Jobs.

@wilwWil Wheaton
iRIP, Steve Jobs. Thank you for making incredible things, so we can live in the future.

@adamsbaldwin: If the pen is mightier than the sword, then Steve Jobs created immeasurable peace with the strength of a Titan.

@brookrbrook riggio
Steve Jobs’ legacy will never be quantified. His work gives so many creators the tools, happiness, & power to bring their creations to life.

@davidhoangDavid Hoang
My hero + inspiration has died + I am in tears at a coffee shop. My heart is broken.
Eternal Flame (xkcd’s tribute)
If there is a heaven, the pearly gates no doubt open with a certain startup chime. Sleep well and thank you.
posted by Brandon Blatcher

There is a thing going around twitter: “Maybe the 4S stands ‘for Steve?'”
Even if it didn’t before, it does now.
posted by anastasiav

Right now, there’s a mob in New York City screaming for the heads of approximately 499 Fortune 500 CEOs on a pike. #500 is immensely profitable, and has more cash on hand than most banks (only 10 have more); and people are laying flowers at the front of their stores in mourning for their CEO.
posted by schmod

This morning my seven year old daughter asked why I was so sad, and I told her that a famous American inventor had died. She asked if she knew any of his inventions.
“Well that computer you play Minecraft on, he invented that. And the iPod nana gave you for your birthday, he invented that. And the iPad you use at school, that’s also his work. Oh and he was in charge of Pixar, so he helped create Toy Story and Cars and Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. and Wall-E and and Ratatouille and The Incredibles and Up.”
“So he invented things for children?”
“Yeah, kind of.”
“Does he have kids?”
“Yes, he did.”
“I guess his inventions show how much he loved them.”
“I guess so.”
posted by Toekneesan
This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.

To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

–Gautama Buddha
posted by jcworth

 

I think Jobs deserves to share the epitaph of Sir Christopher Wren:

Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.

posted by benito.strauss

 

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.”

“We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.

“Creativity is just connecting things.”

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

“The day I was born songs were on records, phones were tied down, computers needed rooms and the web was fiction. Change the world. You can.”

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything “” all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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.”

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been “No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

“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 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 is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

“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 heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

 

 

 

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