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THEKEVINBRAND
10-05-2011, 07:05 PM
Apple co-founder and Chairman Steve Jobs died today, Apple said. He was 56.

Jobs had been suffering from various health issues following the seven-year anniversary of his surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer in August 2004. Apple announced in January that he would be taking an indeterminate medical leave of absence, with Jobs then stepping down from his role as CEO in late August.

Jobs had undergone a liver transplant in April 2009 during an earlier planned six-month leave of absence. He returned to work for a year and a half before his health forced him to take more time off. He told his employees in August, "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."

One of the most legendary businessmen in American history, Jobs turned three separate industries on their head in the 35 years he was involved in the technology industry.

Personal computing was invented with the launch of the Apple II in 1977. Legal digital music recordings were brought into the mainstream with the iPod and iTunes in the early 2000s, and mobile phones were never the same after the 2007 debut of the iPhone. Jobs played an instrumental role in the development of all three, and managed to find time to transform the art of computer-generated movie-making on the side.

The invention of the iPad in 2010, a touch-screen tablet computer his competitors flocked to reproduce, was the capstone of his career as a technologist. A conceptual hybrid of a touch-screen iPod and a slate computer, the 10-inch mobile device was Jobs' vision for a more personal computing device.

Jobs was considered brilliant yet brash. He valued elegance in design yet was almost never seen in public wearing anything but a black mock turtleneck, blue jeans, and a few days worth of stubble. A master salesman who considered himself an artist at heart, Jobs inspired both reverence and fear in those who worked for him and against him, and was adored by an army of loyal Apple customers who almost saw him as superhuman.

Jobs was born in San Francisco in 1955 to young parents who gave him up for adoption. Paul and Clara Jobs gave him his name, and moved out of the city in 1960 to the Santa Clara Valley, later to be known as Silicon Valley. Jobs grew up in Mountain View and Cupertino, where Apple's headquarters is located.

He attended Reed College in Oregon for a year but dropped out, although he sat in on some classes that interested him, such as calligraphy. After a brief stint at Atari working on video games, he spent time backpacking around India, furthering teenage experiments with psychedelic drugs and developing an interest in Buddhism, all of which would shape his work at Apple.

Back in California, Jobs' friend Steve Wozniak was learning the skills that would change both their lives. When Jobs discovered that Wozniak had been assembling relatively (for the time) small computers, he struck a partnership, and Apple Computer was founded in 1976 in the usual Silicon Valley fashion: setting up shop in the garage of one of the founder's parents.

Wozniak handled the technical end, creating the Apple I, while Jobs ran sales and distribution. The company sold a few hundred Apple Is, but found much greater success with the Apple II, which put the company on the map and is largely credited as having proven that regular people wanted computers.

It also made Jobs and Wozniak rich. Apple went public in 1980, and Jobs was well on his way to becoming one of the first tech industry celebrities, earning a reputation for brilliance, arrogance, and the sheer force of his will and persuasion, often jokingly referred to as his "reality-distortion field."

The debut of the Macintosh in 1984 left no doubt that Apple was a serious player in the computer industry, but Jobs only had a little more than a year left at the company he founded when the Mac was released in January 1984.

By 1985 Apple CEO John Sculley--who Jobs had convinced to leave Pepsi in 1983 and run Apple with the legendary line, "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?"--had developed his own ideas for the future of the company, and they differed from Jobs'. He removed Jobs from his position leading the Macintosh team, and Apple's board backed Sculley.

Jobs resigned from the company, later telling an audience of Stanford University graduates "what had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating." He would get the last laugh.

He went on to found NeXT, which set about making the next computer in Jobs' eyes. NeXT was never the commercial success that Apple was, but during those years, Jobs found three things that would help him architect his return.

The first was Pixar. Jobs snapped up the graphic-arts division of Lucasfilm in 1986, which would go on to produce "Toy Story" in 1995 and set the standard for computer-graphics films. After making a fortune from Pixar's IPO in 1995, Jobs eventually sold the company to Disney in 2006.

The second was object-oriented software development. NeXT chose this development model for its software operating systems, and it proved to be more advanced and more nimble than the operating system developments Apple was working on without Jobs.

The third was Laurene Powell, a Stanford MBA student who attended a talk on entrepreneurialism given by Jobs in 1989 at the university. The two wed in 1991 and eventually had three children; Reed, born in 1991, Erin, born in 1995, and Eve, born in 1998. Jobs has another daughter, Lisa, who was born 1978, but Jobs refused to acknowledge he was her father for the first few years of her life, eventually reconciling with Lisa and her mother, his high-school girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan.

Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, having convinced then-CEO Gil Amelio to adopt NeXTStep as the future of Apple's operating system development. Apple was in a shambles at the time, losing money, market share, and key employees.

By 1997, Jobs was once again in charge of Apple. He immediately brought buzz back to the company, which pared down and reacquired a penchant for showstoppers, such as the 1998 introduction of the iMac; perhaps the first "Stevenote." His presentation skills at events such as Macworld would become legendary examples of showmanship and star power in the tech industry.

Jobs also set the company on the path to becoming a consumer-electronics powerhouse, creating and improving products such as the iPod, iTunes, and later, the iPhone and iPad. Apple is the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world, surpassing ExxonMobil?'s market capitalization in August. He did so in his own fashion, imposing his ideas and beliefs on his employees and their products in ways that left many a career in tatters. Jobs enforced a culture of secrecy at Apple and was an extremely demanding leader, terrorizing Apple employees when he returned to the company in the late 1990s with summary firings if he didn't like the answers they gave when questioned.

Jobs was an intensely private person. That quality put him and Apple at odds with government regulators and stockholders who demanded to know details about his ongoing health problems and his prognosis as the leader and alter ego of his company. It spurred a 2009 SEC probe into whether Apple's board had made misleading statements about his health.

In the years before he fell ill in 2008, Jobs seemed to soften a bit, perhaps due to his bout with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004.

In 2005, his remarks to Stanford graduates included this line: "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."

Later, in 2007, he appeared onstage at the D: All Things Digital conference for a lengthy interview with bitter rival Bill Gates, exchanging mutual praise and prophetically quoting the Beatles: "You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead."

Jobs leaves behind his wife, four children, two sisters, and 49,000 Apple employees.

K2Jelly
10-05-2011, 07:07 PM
Damn. This is the first I've heard of it. Holy shit. My deepest condolences to his family.

IrkenInvader
10-05-2011, 08:41 PM
I wasn't a fan of Apple but the man is a legend in the tech field. The world has lost another genius.

Asherdelampyr
10-05-2011, 08:44 PM
whether you like Apple or not, you have to admit Jobs was one hell of a salesman

SESAfro
10-05-2011, 08:50 PM
I will miss making fun of him always wearing that black turtleneck sweater. Everyone has an expiration date, can't change anything.

Sully
10-05-2011, 09:19 PM
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lp1tnkjryA1qh192bo1_500.gif

IrkenInvader
10-05-2011, 09:27 PM
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lp1tnkjryA1qh192bo1_500.gif

That took a couple of seconds to sink in but funny.

HolyJose2391
10-05-2011, 09:31 PM
Great man and damn they're going to sell a shit load of IPhone 4S now

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 04:51 PM
Westboro Baptist Church and Wikileaks founder troll Steve Jobs' Death. (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/113525-Westboro-Baptist-Church-Wikileaks-Troll-Steve-Jobs-Death)

Fuckers.
I'm incredibly angry right now.

VanHooliganX
10-06-2011, 04:58 PM
Westboro Baptist Church and Wikileaks founder troll Steve Jobs' Death. (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/113525-Westboro-Baptist-Church-Wikileaks-Troll-Steve-Jobs-Death)

Fuckers.
I'm incredibly angry right now.

Oh yeah I heard about that.

I find it very amazing that they haven't been shot by someone they've insulted over the years.

Wade Barrett 1979
10-06-2011, 05:03 PM
Westboro Baptist Church and Wikileaks founder troll Steve Jobs' Death. (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/113525-Westboro-Baptist-Church-Wikileaks-Troll-Steve-Jobs-Death)

Fuckers.
I'm incredibly angry right now.

Are these the ones, Louis Theroux, did a couple of programmes on?
I'd stay off sickipedia, then!!

VanHooliganX
10-06-2011, 05:04 PM
Are these the ones, Louis Theroux, did a couple of programmes on?
I'd stay off sickipedia, then!!

They are.
He did a 2nd documentary on them about 4 years later which i've yet to see. Supposed to be as good as his Miami Jail documentaries.

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 05:06 PM
Oh yeah I heard about that.

I find it very amazing that they haven't been shot by someone they've insulted over the years.

Especially because they protest Military Veteran ceremonies.

Poot-Hair
10-06-2011, 05:08 PM
Those Westbrook crazies are EVERYWHERE!! I went to see Widespread Panic in concert not long ago and they were there handing out pamphlets and were incredibly confrontational. I mean I actually tried to have a civil conversation with a fellow just to hear his side of the story and it wasn't a minute into it he was screaming (while red faced) YOU'RE GOING TO HELL!! Telling me I was going to hell for just listening to a great band! I was like wow dude...really?

Wade Barrett 1979
10-06-2011, 05:08 PM
They are.
He did a 2nd documentary on them about 4 years later which i've yet to see. Supposed to be as good as his Miami Jail documentaries.

I thought so!! Yeah, I haven't seen the second one yet! Theroux is class!!

VanHooliganX
10-06-2011, 05:09 PM
Especially because they protest Military Veteran ceremonies.

Aye, exactly.
I thought 1 person in the middle of the funeral, seeing those idiots disrespecting the dead person would make someone completely lose it and attack/shoot them. I don't really think anyone would stop him either lol.

VanHooliganX
10-06-2011, 05:11 PM
I thought so!! Yeah, I haven't seen the second one yet! Theroux is class!!

That he is. His wrestling documentary is a must watch.
Its really weird knowing everything but watching it because WCW was still going.

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 05:34 PM
Aye, exactly.
I thought 1 person in the middle of the funeral, seeing those idiots disrespecting the dead person would make someone completely lose it and attack/shoot them. I don't really think anyone would stop him either lol.

I personally would at least start yelling and screaming at their protests. I'd call it protesting their protest.

Asherdelampyr
10-06-2011, 05:37 PM
I personally would at least start yelling and screaming at their protests. I'd call it protesting their protest.

I like when the local Angels or whoever show up and just put all their Harleys in between protesters and grieving family, and rev their engines, completely drowns em out! :) (not to mention all that exhaust going right to the assholes

Wade Barrett 1979
10-06-2011, 05:38 PM
That he is. His wrestling documentary is a must watch.
Its really weird knowing everything but watching it because WCW was still going.

Yeah, the wrestling episode was good! I think it was the first Theroux programme I saw!! It was a good insight! When they were putting him through his paces and he was chucking up his guts!! :p

Necroyeti
10-06-2011, 06:06 PM
I hope I do something awesome enough in life to have the WBC picket my funeral. I'd consider it a badge of honour to piss those guys off somehow.

Poot-Hair
10-06-2011, 06:10 PM
I hope I do something awesome enough in life to have the WBC picket my funeral. I'd consider it a badge of honour to piss those guys off somehow. I would much rather piss ON one of those WBC goon's...maybe just go ahead and empty my bowel while i'm at it.

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 06:19 PM
I would much rather piss ON one of those WBC goon's...maybe just go ahead and empty my bowel while i'm at it.

I'd pay you my life savings to see that happen.

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 06:20 PM
I hope I do something awesome enough in life to have the WBC picket my funeral. I'd consider it a badge of honour to piss those guys off somehow.

I refuse to die until I've done something worthy of eternal WBC hatred.

Asherdelampyr
10-06-2011, 06:32 PM
I refuse to die until I've done something worthy of eternal WBC hatred.

have sex with a man
pisses em off faster than anything else

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 06:39 PM
have sex with a man
pisses em off faster than anything else

I would but there is this one little problem. I'm not attracted to men. :/

KJ PUNK
10-06-2011, 06:41 PM
They attempted to picket a military funeral in Mississippi, but the family of the solider said that if they showed up at the funeral or even in the town, they would be shot on sight. They didn't show.

Androo
10-06-2011, 06:43 PM
I take it everyone's heard some of the jokes already out there? Emmm, 'coz I don't wanna be the first. *gulp*

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 06:46 PM
I take it everyone's heard some of the jokes already out there? Emmm, 'coz I don't wanna be the first. *gulp*

Don't disrespect the dead, but something to the likes of 'they took our Jobs' is OK.

Asherdelampyr
10-06-2011, 06:47 PM
I would but there is this one little problem. I'm not attracted to men. :/

ok
in that case, wear a rainbow-colored suit and post a video to their page explaining how homosexual people are people too and deserve the same respect and freedoms

Androo
10-06-2011, 06:54 PM
Don't disrespect the dead, but something to the likes of 'they took our Jobs' is OK.

Oh yeh, forgot about that one.

What about... I guess the recession really is bad at the moment, even the people at Apple are losing jobs!

...? Aaaaaarrrggghhh *running!*

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 06:54 PM
ok
in that case, wear a rainbow-colored suit and post a video to their page explaining how homosexual people are people too and deserve the same respect and freedoms

I don't know about the shirt but I'll try it and get back to ya on that.

Polly-Pablo
10-06-2011, 07:13 PM
They attempted to picket a military funeral in Mississippi, but the family of the solider said that if they showed up at the funeral or even in the town, they would be shot on sight. They didn't show.

In the UK we just get freaking Muslim extremists threatening to protest. I don't know if you've heard of a little town called Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire? Well, RAF Lyneham (my base) was chosen as the base to repatriate all soldiers/airman/navy who had passed away whilst serving overseas. Upon leaving the base, they took the hearses through this little town (which has one high street and that's about it) to the coroners office - this is basically the only route through. The people of this town, without any prompting, lined the route down the high street that the hearses would take and saluted them through - every single damn one - for the 3/4 years the repatriations came in. The Queen announced this year she was renaming the town - Royal Wootton Bassett.
Last year, these Muslim extremists threatened to come to the town and block the road with their protests about 'British soldiers are killers etc etc'. People got wind of this and on the day - no less than 4,000 people lined the town, with the bikers from all over the UK lining the streets around us all - the message to these extremists was clear - Fuck Off! If you can't show respect for the guys and girls keeping your ass' safe in bed at night, I suggest you choose to sponge of another country....

Needless to say, the handful that did show, dropped their signs and placards and ran.....martyr for the cause my ass!!

Seems like the US has problems with groups of disrespectful people as well. It's sad to see.

Asherdelampyr
10-06-2011, 07:18 PM
In the UK we just get freaking Muslim extremists threatening to protest. I don't know if you've heard of a little town called Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire? Well, RAF Lyneham (my base) was chosen as the base to repatriate all soldiers/airman/navy who had passed away whilst serving overseas. Upon leaving the base, they took the hearses through this little town (which has one high street and that's about it) to the coroners office - this is basically the only route through. The people of this town, without any prompting, lined the route down the high street that the hearses would take and saluted them through - every single damn one - for the 3/4 years the repatriations came in. The Queen announced this year she was renaming the town - Royal Wootton Bassett.
Last year, these Muslim extremists threatened to come to the town and block the road with their protests about 'British soldiers are killers etc etc'. People got wind of this and on the day - no less than 4,000 people lined the town, with the bikers from all over the UK lining the streets around us all - the message to these extremists was clear - Fuck Off! If you can't show respect for the guys and girls keeping your ass' safe in bed at night, I suggest you choose to sponge of another country....

Needless to say, the handful that did show, dropped their signs and placards and ran.....martyr for the cause my ass!!

Seems like the US has problems with groups of disrespectful people as well. It's sad to see.

yeah, it bothers me
especially when it is the people who die serving our country that are being disrespected.

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 07:45 PM
Those people died so these idiots could have the right to say stupid shit. They refuse to see it that way though.

Polly-Pablo
10-06-2011, 07:51 PM
Those people died so these idiots could have the right to say stupid shit. They refuse to see it that way though.

Unfortunately this world has people with shit for brains Irk. Fortunately, however, those of us who see it the right way far outweigh them. But it's a shame that people have to put their lives on the line but for the narrow minded few.

Asherdelampyr
10-06-2011, 07:59 PM
Those people died so these idiots could have the right to say stupid shit. They refuse to see it that way though.
there is a line in an avenged sevenfold song that makes me remember


"How does it feel to know that some kid in the heart of America has blood on his hands, fighting to defend your freedoms so you can live a lifestyle that insults his family's existence. "

IrkenInvader
10-06-2011, 08:02 PM
there is a line in an avenged sevenfold song that makes me remember


"How does it feel to know that some kid in the heart of America has blood on his hands, fighting to defend your freedoms so you can live a lifestyle that insults his family's existence. "

That line just got me very depressed.

Asherdelampyr
10-06-2011, 08:06 PM
That line just got me very depressed.

yeah
the full song is very very good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThwSWIXhiRw&feature=related

Iron Ape
10-06-2011, 08:30 PM
Per Iron Sheik's Twitter:


Rip Steve jobs. He was no jabroni. He was intelligent Jew like my agents @pagemagen (http://twitter.com/#%21/pagemagen) and the @jianmagen (http://twitter.com/#%21/jianmagen)
Steve jobs was no steve lombardi or no stevey wonder

Necroyeti
10-06-2011, 08:40 PM
Jobs was no Steve Lombardi... but his pancreas was.

....sorry. http://i.imgur.com/2Ql9R.jpg

Rich Cranium
10-06-2011, 09:00 PM
Westboro Baptist Church and Wikileaks founder troll Steve Jobs' Death. (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/113525-Westboro-Baptist-Church-Wikileaks-Troll-Steve-Jobs-Death)

Fuckers.
I'm incredibly angry right now.

Also Julian Assange saying Jobs had HIV is pretty pathetic as well.

Bodom
10-07-2011, 09:05 AM
http://www.asymco.com/2011/10/06/steve-jobs-didnt/

Rich Cranium
10-07-2011, 09:43 AM
http://www.asymco.com/2011/10/06/steve-jobs-didnt/

I gotta say that is arguably spot on.

Necroyeti
10-07-2011, 10:14 AM
http://www.asymco.com/2011/10/06/steve-jobs-didnt/
+1.

The way Jobs and his accomplishments have been mythicised over the past couple of days has been a touch ridiculous, so it's nice to see a rebuttal that isn't "hurr durr he just attached a hard disk to an mp3 player". Profound, almost poetic blog post.

Asherdelampyr
10-07-2011, 12:07 PM
http://www.asymco.com/2011/10/06/steve-jobs-didnt/

I like that, gets the truth out, without being a dick about it.

Bodom
10-21-2011, 08:28 AM
Delicious hypocrisy

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/10/jobs-i-will-spend-my-last-breath-fighting-android-a-stolen-product.ars

Asherdelampyr
10-21-2011, 01:35 PM
Delicious hypocrisy

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/10/jobs-i-will-spend-my-last-breath-fighting-android-a-stolen-product.ars

Isn't that always the way?