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nationocean
10-05-2011, 04:45 PM
uhh..

TallGuyCM
10-05-2011, 04:46 PM
So sad...

nationocean
10-05-2011, 04:46 PM
http://www.shabooty.com/2011/10/05/breaking-ap-—-apple-says-steve-jobs-has-died.php

HandBanana
10-05-2011, 04:46 PM
:(


GnarVee
10-05-2011, 04:47 PM
=....(

FEELS
10-05-2011, 04:48 PM
Damnn

nationocean
10-05-2011, 04:48 PM
He took the iPhone 5 with him and he's not coming back y'all!!!

GeezrRckr
10-05-2011, 04:49 PM
http://images.apple.com/home/images/t_title.png

RIP and thanks for your contributions.

fatbastard
10-05-2011, 04:49 PM
Damm it.

amyzzz
10-05-2011, 04:50 PM
Damn, rip.

sbessiso
10-05-2011, 04:50 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

nationocean
10-05-2011, 04:51 PM
http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/3161/screenshot20111005at450.png

suprefan
10-05-2011, 04:51 PM
Wtf.


I think he couldnt take the shock that the iPhone 4s wasn't the iPhone 5.

TallGuyCM
10-05-2011, 04:51 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

Because a person died?

fiyahhh!
10-05-2011, 04:52 PM
http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

RIP

HandBanana
10-05-2011, 04:53 PM
His products are threaded deeply into a lot of our lives.
And even if you hate Apple, there is Pixar.
And if you hate Pixar, then you are a soulless monster.

jackstraw94086
10-05-2011, 04:53 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

he was cut down by illness before his time.
It's cool that he was fairly strong until near the end but it's always a bit sad.


y u no sad?

thom cobain
10-05-2011, 04:53 PM
sad news.

Bendulum
10-05-2011, 04:54 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

Just GTFO.

concertgoer
10-05-2011, 04:55 PM
Very sad :(

unknown
10-05-2011, 04:56 PM
fuck.

suprefan
10-05-2011, 04:56 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

Cause you're a stupid piece of shit and will never actually learn how to use a smart phone or own a nice computer.

nationocean
10-05-2011, 04:57 PM
http://images.apple.com/home/images/t_hero.png

obzen
10-05-2011, 04:57 PM
he was cut down by illness before his time.
It's cool that he was fairly strong until near the end but it's always a bit sa--

FUCK YOU ELITIST!!!





RIP, Mr. Jobs.

zimmy1222
10-05-2011, 04:58 PM
Cause you're a stupid piece of shit and will never actually learn how to use a smart phone or own a nice computer.
I don't think that's why peoples are sad...

RIP Steve... thank you for everything!

summerkid
10-05-2011, 04:59 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

Usually, I'm not one to get saddened by the death of somebody famous that I didn't really know. In the case of Jobs though he was one of the greatest if not the greatest innovator of his time. A remarkable man and if more Americans had his ability to innovate we'd be in a much better economic climate.

jackstraw94086
10-05-2011, 05:00 PM
FUCK YOU ELITIST!!!





RIP, Mr. Jobs.

fuck yourself, plebe.

brokenDREAMS
10-05-2011, 05:01 PM
iSad :(

marooko
10-05-2011, 05:02 PM
So what does this mean? Nothing.

HandBanana
10-05-2011, 05:04 PM
We were lucky to live in a time that had a Steve Jobs in it.

Even if you never bought a single Apple product, something you did buy was driven to be better by his being around.

HandBanana
10-05-2011, 05:07 PM
I choose to remember Steve Jobs in my own way.
As a member of chart-topping alternative rock act Weezer

http://i.imgur.com/IDEgY.jpg

Ross1492
10-05-2011, 05:08 PM
We were lucky to live in a time that had a Steve Jobs in it.

Even if you never bought a single Apple product, something you did buy was driven to be better by his being around.

This. As a recent WSJ editorial observed: "He was a man that met his moment completely."

wmgaretjax
10-05-2011, 05:10 PM
fuck man... what a severe bummer. yesterday I went to a talk on the history of phone phreaking and saw a great picture of steve jobs and woz with a blue box in the berkeley dorms... what a fucking guy.

TheScenestar
10-05-2011, 05:11 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

That's what people with souls do. They get sad about death.

nahuatldream
10-05-2011, 05:12 PM
His products are threaded deeply into a lot of our lives.
And even if you hate Apple, there is Pixar.
And if you hate Pixar, then you are a soulless monster.

Yeah, I don't care about Apple, but I love Pixar. Thanks Steve Jobs, for believing in the Toy Story crew. RIP.

nathanfairchild
10-05-2011, 05:12 PM
this is sad.

r.i.p. steve

santasutt
10-05-2011, 05:13 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

Because we watched him fight and wither and now he's gone.

And I love my Ipod. Don't you love yours?

wmgaretjax
10-05-2011, 05:13 PM
http://reform.lt/data/images/2011/10/old-school-steve-jobs-apple-ibm.jpg

tessalasset
10-05-2011, 05:15 PM
I have chills. Less than 24 hours ago, my boss was talking about how Jobs is possibly the most influential human being to ever have lived, after Jesus Christ. Not hyperbole.

marooko
10-05-2011, 05:17 PM
HAHAHAHAHA!!

Neighborhood Creep
10-05-2011, 05:17 PM
http://coachella.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1997&stc=1&d=1317860250

obzen
10-05-2011, 05:18 PM
fuck yourself...

Been there; done that.

gaypalmsprings
10-05-2011, 05:19 PM
I am the same age as Steve was (56) and my mother died from the same disease as Steve did (pancreatic cancer). It's a very sad day. He was genius. R.I.P.

nationocean
10-05-2011, 05:22 PM
Don't turn around Steve!!!!

http://img60.exs.cx/img60/8466/JobsBlueScreen.jpg

TallGuyCM
10-05-2011, 05:22 PM
I have chills. Less than 24 hours ago, my boss was talking about how Jobs is possibly the most influential human being to ever have lived, after Jesus Christ. Not hyperbole.

Right, because Macs and iPods are so much more to thank for modern life than electricity.

marooko
10-05-2011, 05:24 PM
Today? Most definitely. Which is pretty sad.

nationocean
10-05-2011, 05:25 PM
http://scm-l3.technorati.com/10/06/08/13685/sarah-palin-on-the-phone.jpg

Yes, is this CNN? Yes, I'm announcing I don't want to run for President! What do you mean, you don't give a shit? Steve who? Hello????


http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/3/38705/1421541-steve_jobs_farewell_super.jpg

amyzzz
10-05-2011, 05:27 PM
Damn, he was only 56? Man.

HandBanana
10-05-2011, 05:27 PM
⌘Q.

HunterGather
10-05-2011, 05:30 PM
:( RIP :(

tessalasset
10-05-2011, 05:31 PM
Right, because Macs and iPods are so much more to thank for modern life than electricity.

No, more along the lines of the computers he invented are now in almost everything we do. Our phones, our music equipment, our news sources, our cars, our faucets, our coffee makers, our lives.

HunterGather
10-05-2011, 05:33 PM
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm3kem9DDm1qdl5f4o1_400.jpg

Look at those obscenely tight pants. UNF.
Steve was quite the looker back in the day.

http://eplanetkit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/steve-jobs-bill-gates-1991-610x454.png

HunterGather
10-05-2011, 05:34 PM
wait why are ppl sad?

*quietly judging you right now*

marooko
10-05-2011, 05:40 PM
No, more along the lines of the computers he invented are now in almost everything we do. Our phones, our music equipment, our news sources, our cars, our faucets, our coffee makers, our lives.

I see it more as an intrusion.

fiyahhh!
10-05-2011, 05:41 PM
Watch from the 9 minute mark to the 13 minute mark. Things get really eerie at 11:45.

UF8uR6Z6KLc

HandBanana
10-05-2011, 05:46 PM
I see it more as an intrusion.

Holy shit the irony is stinging my nostrils right now.

rage patton
10-05-2011, 06:05 PM
Holy shit. such sad news. RIP.

J~$$$$
10-05-2011, 06:09 PM
I still have a ibook g4, 5th gen ipod, second gen imac, and a 1st gen iphone that are still in perfect working condition.

The man created amazing lasting products. RIP.

JustSteve
10-05-2011, 06:22 PM
Watch from the 9 minute mark to the 13 minute mark. Things get really eerie at 11:45.

UF8uR6Z6KLc

damn, why'd you do that! with all i am dealing with right now i could barely make it through that. ok, confession...i had to stop several times. the part about the kids was the hardest because i have been sitting here filling out birthday cards for them in the future in case things go to shit. don't even know how to do a letter for their weddings...

also very inspirational, though, and i will remember his words forever now.

cutterbutter
10-05-2011, 06:46 PM
http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lsmer6kZaP1qzlfumo1_500.jpg

sbessiso
10-05-2011, 06:48 PM
jesus you guys sure are....something


Usually, I'm not one to get saddened by the death of somebody famous that I didn't really know. In the case of Jobs though he was one of the greatest if not the greatest innovator of his time. A remarkable man and if more Americans had his ability to innovate we'd be in a much better economic climate.

thank you. the only appropriate response. Im sorry, im sad when we lose a Golden Girl and not this guy.

JebusLives
10-05-2011, 07:13 PM
I see it more as an intrusion.


Holy shit the irony is stinging my nostrils right now.

^ fucking hell that was funny

chairmenmeow47
10-05-2011, 07:31 PM
my first computer was a b&w macintosh classic 2. then moved on to the power mac 8100/80 av, then the first imac. i've since switched to PCs, but those macs introduced me to computing. RIP

Fourthisto
10-05-2011, 07:39 PM
RIP Steve Jobs. He loved what he did, believed in his company, the people behind the scenes making it all happen and happy customers. He worked as CEO for years with a yearly salary of $1, banking on success that his company would achieve would pay dividends later on. And did it ever. Every penny received was deserved for one of the most insightful and innovative businessmen of our time. I'm sitting here watching him speak and can't help but feel motivated to kick tomorrow in the butt.

KuNQgln6TL0

stinkbutt
10-05-2011, 07:40 PM
Bummer

RIP

stinkbutt
10-05-2011, 07:45 PM
Salah, it was moreso your timing and insensitive tone that got that response. You would have reacted the same way if the someone said the same thing in the event of an untimely death of Jake G, or the guy from Smallville, or whatever.

thetello
10-05-2011, 07:47 PM
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first thing to come to mind when i heard the news.

sad day, though i'm far from an apple fan, i do have an ipod sitting in my pocket. he had his hand on a lot of innovative and forward thinking projects, i commend and respect all he did his mind will be missed.

Starraven
10-05-2011, 07:52 PM
I was 30 seconds in before I realized u meant that as 'they took our steve jobs'... o.O

RIP!

MissingPerson
10-05-2011, 07:59 PM
My God, do I hate iTunes, but otherwise, yeah. RIP Steve Jobs.

Salah, the guy was the very rarest of beasts - a successful technology guy with a bit of character. And he invested that character in his ideas and products, giving them a kind of personality of their own and a design quality that's seldom answered.

He overcame some fairly dramatic career setbacks by sheer force of will and energy. He had charm, flair and wit, and people really liked him. It tells you a lot that even in a sector that moves as quickly as technology, Jobs kept getting to the top of the pile, kept leading the pack. He was the face and heart of Apple, and his fortunes were their fortunes - there aren't many like him left these days, and we probably won't see many again.

He was sick for so long, I think everybody just kind of got used to the idea and didn't really expect anything to come of it.

J~$$$$
10-05-2011, 08:05 PM
http://i.imgur.com/5kjVw.jpg

the walrus
10-05-2011, 08:17 PM
he will be cryogenically frozen and transformed into an apple cyborg

lunatic core
10-05-2011, 08:27 PM
We need moar jobs not less, Thanks Obama!

Miroir Noir
10-05-2011, 09:24 PM
dX9GTUMh490

Let's recap:

1) Co-founds company that brings computers into homes, schools; forever changing technology and culture.

2) Leaves Apple. Pursues other ventures, leads company that revolutionizes animation and film industries, in turn eventually joins Board of Directors of the most iconic American entertainment corporation. Oddly this is something a footnote today.

3) The 1990s: Returns to first company, saves it from irrelevancy. Oversees one of the great turnarounds in American business history.

4) The 2000s: iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad -- a series of products that define a decade of commerce and culture. Changes entire music industry.

idrive1life
10-05-2011, 09:54 PM
iPhone 4S(teve)

R.I.P. :(

BROKENDOLL
10-05-2011, 10:08 PM
You left a legacy by opening many doors in the world... Now it's time for that Great Gigabyte in the Sky... R.I.P. Mr. Jobs


No, more along the lines of the computers he invented are now in almost everything we do. Our phones, our music equipment, our news sources, our cars, our faucets, our coffee makers, our lives.
Thank you, Tessa! I realize that many of you probably take this loss for granted because you basically grew up with all the modern gadgets. But, to truly appreciate what a mark he made in the world, and how he is indeed up there with Edison, you would have to have lived before his time to know what a loss this really is...


And, sarcastic or not, Marooko, you're one disrespectful fucking idiot...

ballroomdancer22
10-05-2011, 10:16 PM
Watch from the 9 minute mark to the 13 minute mark. Things get really eerie at 11:45.

UF8uR6Z6KLc

This. During that 9-13 min. mark it nearly made me break down...yet uplift me at once.

If only any of us were fortunate enough to posses a fraction of his vision and unrelenting perserverence....

R.I.P. Steve

Grandma
10-05-2011, 10:22 PM
he will be cryogenically frozen

wouldn't be surprised

Alchemy
10-05-2011, 10:23 PM
Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. It's no over-exaggeration when you are called the greatest innovator of our time, the biggest influence on our generation... You made my life so much easier. Thank you.

TomAz
10-05-2011, 10:26 PM
I sort of get where salah is coming from and I sort of don't.

Part of my brain says: "A major American industrialist, whom I have never met and who has made a lot of money off of me, has died. Since I don't know him, and all he did was sell me product, I feel no compulsion to mourn. Quid pro quo."

But then I think: "The iPod made the quality of my life better. The iPad also, to a lesser degree but still yes, true. These are things that actually make me smile. And this makes me feel a kinship to the guy who thought them up, or, at least, shepherded people who thought them up."

The second sentiment seems to be winning. RIP, Steve Jobs. Making money is ok, but making millions of people happy means you earned every cent. God bless.

Grandma
10-05-2011, 10:29 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4A9r9yKkkNs/SngeS_Uy8aI/AAAAAAAADsU/nBsyaNlgb1E/s400/Albert+Hofmann's+Letter+To+Steve+Jobs+Apple+CEO+LS D+Wonder+Child+Transformation.png

Neighborhood Creep
10-05-2011, 10:30 PM
http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/250x250/10439100.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10438759.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10439117.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10440768.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10442032.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10438789.jpg

VigoTheCarpathian
10-05-2011, 11:24 PM
I sort of get where salah is coming from and I sort of don't.

Part of my brain says: "A major American industrialist, whom I have never met and who has made a lot of money off of me, has died. Since I don't know him, and all he did was sell me product, I feel no compulsion to mourn. Quid pro quo."

But then I think: "The iPod made the quality of my life better. The iPad also, to a lesser degree but still yes, true. These are things that actually make me smile. And this makes me feel a kinship to the guy who thought them up, or, at least, shepherded people who thought them up."

The second sentiment seems to be winning. RIP, Steve Jobs. Making money is ok, but making millions of people happy means you earned every cent. God bless.

Or how about that he was one of the toughest SOBs in the valley and had a fanatical 100 hrs a week work ethic and raised the bar for perfection in design of the whole business model. You, tom, can very well be deduced from primordial sludge but great industrialists who reinvent the world 100 hrs a week with broken hands and exhausted hearts can not. I'm pretty certain that he didn't do any of this for your money anyways.

Devin the Dude
10-05-2011, 11:31 PM
Cause you're a stupid piece of shit and will never actually learn how to use a smart phone or own a nice computer.

Damn. That's harsh. Smart phones are kind of the shit. I especially enjoy mine because it is actual far smarter than I am. And I only have a Blackberry Curve. :cat

R.I.P. Steve. What an amazing innovator, at least just in the technology industry.

shoegazer76
10-05-2011, 11:41 PM
Tesla's death ray (infinately) > any (i)phone.

just sayin'
Nuff said

RIP all your $oftware off.
From here on out.

shoegazer76
10-05-2011, 11:55 PM
It was really sad when they discontinued LOGO. You know the little turtle Icon that was a triangle. You programmed the commands to draw things with on the Mac II. That was a real program. Fuck all these apps know a days. I really mis playin Oregon trail on that platform too.

sbessiso
10-06-2011, 12:05 AM
Salah, it was moreso your timing and insensitive tone that got that response. You would have reacted the same way if the someone said the same thing in the event of an untimely death of Jake G, or the guy from Smallville, or whatever.

I didn't mean it that way. It's just this is a board that almost instantly goes into snarky comments almost immediately in threads like this. Just kinda surprising to see a different response

the walrus
10-06-2011, 12:12 AM
Tesla's death ray (infinately) > any (i)phone.

just sayin'
Nuff said

RIP all your $oftware off.
From here on out.

this

tessalasset
10-06-2011, 12:13 AM
snarky until real life gets in the way.

ods..
10-06-2011, 12:29 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4A9r9yKkkNs/SngeS_Uy8aI/AAAAAAAADsU/nBsyaNlgb1E/s400/Albert+Hofmann's+Letter+To+Steve+Jobs+Apple+CEO+LS D+Wonder+Child+Transformation.png

Love. This was the best thing about Steve Jobs. :pulse

buddy
10-06-2011, 01:04 AM
Watch from the 9 minute mark to the 13 minute mark. Things get really eerie at 11:45.

UF8uR6Z6KLc

yes, that was inspiring


damn, why'd you do that! with all i am dealing with right now i could barely make it through that. ok, confession...i had to stop several times. the part about the kids was the hardest because i have been sitting here filling out birthday cards for them in the future in case things go to shit. don't even know how to do a letter for their weddings...

also very inspirational, though, and i will remember his words forever now.

also, wish the best for you steve and your family.

TomAz
10-06-2011, 05:42 AM
Or how about that he was one of the toughest SOBs in the valley and had a fanatical 100 hrs a week work ethic and raised the bar for perfection in design of the whole business model. You, tom, can very well be deduced from primordial sludge but great industrialists who reinvent the world 100 hrs a week with broken hands and exhausted hearts can not. I'm pretty certain that he didn't do any of this for your money anyways.

In context, this doesn't make one bit of sense. Not one.

JebusLives
10-06-2011, 07:20 AM
Vigo's mostly a troll. It's probably half ghostbuster's II quote.

VigoTheCarpathian
10-06-2011, 07:49 AM
^ this, but I want to get better :( sorry Tom.

I dun wana be a troll no more :(

HandBanana
10-06-2011, 08:53 AM
http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/250x250/10439100.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10438759.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10439117.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10440768.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10442032.jpg

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/10438789.jpg

The problem with these is they arent funny.
And I dont mean "that's not funny" because of the timing or any other oversensitive reason. They arent funny cuz the jokes suck.
It's like they put the desire to be offensive way too far out in front of the, ya know, jokes part.

Premium Roast
10-06-2011, 09:06 AM
someone sent out a "Steve Jobs died from food poisoning. A bad apple" a few minutes after he died. Smirkable.

canexplain
10-06-2011, 09:20 AM
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose," Mr. Jobs said in a commencement speech at Stanford University in June 2005.

RIP Steve cr****

DFrank
10-06-2011, 09:50 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/westboro-baptist-church-uses-iphone-to-announce-steve-jobs-funeral-protest/2011/10/06/gIQAJqBjPL_blog.html


Westboro Baptist Church announced plans Wednesday night to protest Steve Jobs’s funeral, sending the message out. . .wait for it. . . via Twitter for iPhone.

Neighborhood Creep
10-06-2011, 10:56 AM
I didn't put those to be funny or to say they're funny. I should have made that clear when posting them.

I do like the "dies, re-releases himself as The Steve Jobs-s"

canexplain
10-06-2011, 11:02 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/westboro-baptist-church-uses-iphone-to-announce-steve-jobs-funeral-protest/2011/10/06/gIQAJqBjPL_blog.html

I am in charge of blocking or unblocking web sites at my work and that site (Westboro) is blocked from everyone except the cops. At least the cops seem to care .... cr****

Aurgasm
10-06-2011, 02:32 PM
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/303713_10100397769633297_3601667_54734371_18942917 5_n.jpg

WhyTheLongFace
10-06-2011, 03:54 PM
http://i.imgur.com/wCIKZ.png

I swear I hate Westboro Church

WhyTheLongFace
10-06-2011, 04:15 PM
http://i.imgur.com/k6jlh.png

DFrank
10-06-2011, 06:21 PM
I'm surprised no one has assassinated her yet.

nathanfairchild
10-06-2011, 06:37 PM
http://i.imgur.com/k6jlh.png

someone got embarrassed

RedHotSgtPeppers
10-06-2011, 11:12 PM
It's a good thing that God is the Creator of iPhones. Jesus, people infuriate me.

faxman75
10-06-2011, 11:15 PM
Steve Jobs....or Jesus?

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/49403--apple-fans-reach-for-jobs-devices-to-mourn-him


He was a conjurer, a modern magician who reached into tomorrow and came up with things that changed millions of lives. And as people gathered at Apple Stores from Sydney to San Francisco to mourn Steve Jobs, the feeling was more than grief for an executive or even an inventor. It was something closer to awe for a wizard.
On Thursday, the admirers who turned his technological marvels into everyday tools used them as instruments of grief. People held up pictures of candles on their iPads, booted up their MacBook Pros to watch old Jobs presentations on YouTube, used their iPhones to sift through remembrances on Twitter.
They grieved his loss through devices that before his time, or without his vision, would have been considered beyond humanity's reach.
Ten years ago, the only people who carried their music around were tech geeks, music obsessives and those willing to tote a clunky CD player. Presto — the iPod, and everyone wanted one. And then another and another.

ballroomdancer22
10-07-2011, 01:02 AM
Someone should have assasinated the shit of him...fortunately everyone was too chickenshit....

ballroomdancer22
10-07-2011, 01:04 AM
This guy is gold, you assholes....

nahuatldream
10-07-2011, 02:16 AM
It was really sad when they discontinued LOGO. You know the little turtle Icon that was a triangle. You programmed the commands to draw things with on the Mac II. That was a real program. Fuck all these apps know a days. I really mis playin Oregon trail on that platform too.

Ah! I remember playing the Oregon Trail on a Mac, in middle school. I think Macintoshes were the first computer I ever had access to, in elementary school. "You have died of dysentery"

RageAgainstTheAoki
10-08-2011, 04:50 PM
So, I kind of love Mike Daisey's op-ed in the NY Times. It's a pretty balanced, but honest look back at Mr. Jobs sans mythology and idolatry.



Steve Jobs, Enemy of Nostalgia (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/opinion/jobs-looked-to-the-future.html?_r=2)
Op-Ed
NY Times
by Mike Daisey

STEVE JOBS was an enemy of nostalgia. He believed that the future required sacrifice and boldness. He bet on new technologies to fill gaps even when the way was unclear.

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He often told the press that he was as proud of the devices Apple killed — in the parlance of Silicon Valley, he was a master of “knifing the baby,” which more squeamish innovators cannot do because they fall in love with their creations — as the ones it released. One of the keys to Apple’s success under his leadership was his ability to see technology with an unsentimental eye and keen scalpel, ready to cut loose whatever might not be essential. This editorial mien was Mr. Jobs’s greatest gift — he created a sense of style in computing because he could edit.

It would be fascinating to know what Mr. Jobs would make of the outpouring of grief flooding the developed world after his death on Wednesday. While it’s certain he’d be flattered, his hawk-eyed nature might assert itself: this is a man who once called an engineer at Google over the weekend because the shade of yellow in the second “O” was not precisely correct. This is a man who responded to e-mails sent by strangers with shocking regularity for the world’s most famous C.E.O. His impatience with fools was legendary, and the amount of hagiography now being ladled onto his life with abandon would undoubtedly set his teeth on edge.

Many of Silicon Valley’s leaders regularly ask themselves “What would Steve do?” in an almost religious fashion when facing challenges, and it is a worthy mental exercise for confronting the fact of his death. I think Mr. Jobs would coldly and clearly assess his life and provide unvarnished criticism of its contents. He’d have no problem acknowledging that he was a genius — as he was gifted with an enormously healthy ego — but he would also state with salty language exactly where he had fallen short, and what might be needed to refine his design with the benefit of hindsight.

Mr. Jobs leaves behind a dominant Apple, fulfilling his original promise to save the company from the brink when he returned in 1997. Because of its enormous strength in both music sales and mobile devices, Apple has more power than at any time in its history, and it is using that power to make the computing experience of its users less free, more locked down and more tightly regulated than ever before. All of Apple’s iDevices — the iPod, iPhone and iPad — use operating systems that deny the user access to their workings. Users cannot install programs themselves; they are downloaded from Apple’s servers, which Apple controls and curates, choosing at its whim what can and can’t be distributed, and where anything can be censored with little or no explanation.

The Steve Jobs who founded Apple as an anarchic company promoting the message of freedom, whose first projects with Stephen Wozniak were pirate boxes and computers with open schematics, would be taken aback by the future that Apple is forging. Today there is no tech company that looks more like the Big Brother from Apple’s iconic 1984 commercial than Apple itself, a testament to how quickly power can corrupt.

Apple’s rise to power in our time directly paralleled the transformation of global manufacturing. As recently as 10 years ago Apple’s computers were assembled in the United States, but today they are built in southern China under appalling labor conditions. Apple, like the vast majority of the electronics industry, skirts labor laws by subcontracting all its manufacturing to companies like Foxconn, a firm made infamous for suicides at its plants, a worker dying after working a 34-hour shift, widespread beatings, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to meet high quotas set by tech companies like Apple.

I have traveled to southern China and interviewed workers employed in the production of electronics. I spoke with a man whose right hand was permanently curled into a claw from being smashed in a metal press at Foxconn, where he worked assembling Apple laptops and iPads. I showed him my iPad, and he gasped because he’d never seen one turned on. He stroked the screen and marveled at the icons sliding back and forth, the Apple attention to detail in every pixel. He told my translator, “It’s a kind of magic.”

Mr. Jobs’s magic has its costs. We can admire the design perfection and business acumen while acknowledging the truth: with Apple’s immense resources at his command he could have revolutionized the industry to make devices more humanely and more openly, and chose not to. If we view him unsparingly, without nostalgia, we would see a great man whose genius in design, showmanship and stewardship of the tech world will not be seen again in our lifetime. We would also see a man who in the end failed to “think different,” in the deepest way, about the human needs of both his users and his workers.

It’s a high bar, but Mr. Jobs always believed passionately in brutal honesty, and the truth is rarely kind. With his death, the serious work to do the things he has failed to do will fall to all of us: the rebels, the misfits, the crazy ones who think they can change the world.

Mike Daisey is an author and performer. His latest monologue, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” is scheduled to open at the Public Theater on Tuesday.

MissingPerson
10-08-2011, 04:54 PM
That's very good.

VigoTheCarpathian
10-08-2011, 06:20 PM
So"As recently as 10 years ago Apple’s computers were assembled in the United States, but today they are built in southern China under appalling labor conditions. Apple, like the vast majority of the electronics industry, skirts labor laws by subcontracting all its manufacturing to companies like Foxconn, a firm made infamous for suicides at its plants, a worker dying after working a 34-hour shift, widespread beatings, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to meet high quotas set by tech companies like Apple.

Its easy for a critic to type in their Mac Book and press send to their editor.

I remember apple products used to say "designed in California, manufactured in China" on the back as a little sorry guys but we can't do anything about it. You can't blame u.s. trade laws and Chinese labor laws on Steve Jobs. Only an ass hole who writes about other people would try something like that..