Steve Jobs is dead.

He was 56 years old. He changed your life, my life, and the lives of everyone we know. Indeed he changed the lives of most everyone in the world. From a garage. Call it the world’s most famous garage.

Another one of those awful baby boomers, you know. Rest well, Steve.


36 Responses

  1. Such sad, yet not unexpected, news. My condolences to his wife and children. Such an amazing individual.

    You are right, he changed my life. This afternoon, I spent a few hours watching my youngest play high school football and was able to take pictures of him on the field and send them to his two sisters at college. I could chat with my daughter at Georgia Tech (which is currently under siege by a man attacking women on campus (three since 10/11) and read the email from the school about the beefed up security. I could catch up with my oldest ,who is set to graduate in May, about this afternoon’s interview. All that while sitting in the stands and not missing a play!!

  2. An amazing intellectual man gone too soon! at 56 he was only a youngster.

  3. He did so much in such a short life. Sympathy to his family and friends.

  4. Very true, WLM. Very true. A real genius, so unlike those who purport to be geniuses, hey?

  5. A big loss. 😦

  6. I felt like crying when I learned the news today. The last time I felt that way was when my father died in 1996, also from pancreatic cancer. RIP, Steve.

  7. Here’s the text of his 2005 Stanford commencement address where he talked about facing death when he learned of his cancer in 2004, when he was 49 years old.

  8. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he started his turnaround of Apple by posting a TV ad about the geniuses who thought differently from others. Someone from the Appleinsider website created this tribute to him using the words from that commercial.

  9. Tony, thank you for posting Jobs’ commencement address. I had never read it. It really let me sorta look inside the man.

  10. Thanks Tony for those links. You aren’t here all the time, but when you do comment, it’s always something helpful. I appreciate that. I just love me my REAL progressive men too!

  11. I see your dad died of that cancer. It’s one of the worst of the lot too. Sorry you had to lose a parent to it.

  12. Poor dude. And all the folks who have had pancreatic CA. Their families who have suffered with them. 😦

  13. Miserable disease. Too sad. Another giant gone.

  14. That commmencement address is really good – it strikes me as being something that would be helpful to some people who are feeling discouraged. It’s really all about adapting to changing circumstances, and keeping your eye on your goals….

  15. Here’s a video of his commencement speech:

  16. Truly a design genius. I dreaded this news from the day he announced that he had to step down.

    Job well done with a such a remarkable mind and a sad, sad day for all who admired him.

    Thank you, Steve Jobs.

  17. Pancreatic cancer is just terrible. I am sad for anyone who has this disease. The outlook is quite simply not good. He knew he would die from this illness and he made the most of his all too short life. He also made the most of our lives. What a gift he was to the world. And now what a loss.
    RIP Steve Jobs.

  18. I did cry. I did not expect that. Maybe it was becuase programming classes were mandatory when I was in college and I came to appreciate how that time consuming and tedious work (punch cards, yea!) turned typing into something extraordinary.

    Perhaps it’s becuase I followed Apple closely from before the time of the 1984 ad and remember being shocked that they would kick Jobs to the side.

    Because of that interest I learned to pick up computer manuals and read them. Even though its not my primary field, those skills have come in handy and to this day I am glad I took the time to learn the basics. I am one of the few that actually misses those old print manuals. You could browse through and find hidden gems within the software.

    So condolences to the family and a huge thank you to pioneers such as Jobs. They help us find beauty in something that is so often seen as just a utilitarian.

  19. Mt.Laurel punch cards? you too? I remember the days….. Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer, bless his soull There is no telling what he would have done – a brilliant man whose life was cut short.

  20. Hey Mt. Laurel, those punch cards were even more fun when you were carrying them in a box and you tripped and they fell all over the place. Believe it or not, some of those COBOL programs are still being used.

  21. good grief – Cobol? Mind you, I’m of an era where Fortran was considered revolutionary – and in those days, it was.

  22. Nice tribute from Wall Street Journal Technology reporter Walter Mossberg at with the best anecdote at the end:

    “After his liver transplant, while he was recuperating at home in Palo Alto, Steve invited me to catch up. It turned into a three-hour visit, punctuated by a walk to a nearby park that he insisted we take, despite my nervousness about his frail condition.
    He explained that he walked each day, and that each day he set a farther goal for himself, and that, today, the neighborhood park was his goal. As we were walking and talking, he suddenly stopped, not looking well. I begged him to return to the house, noting that I didn’t know CPR and could visualize the headline: “Helpless reporter lets Steve Jobs die on the sidewalk.”
    But he laughed, and refused, and, after a pause, kept heading for the park. We sat on a bench there, talking about life, our families, and our respective illnesses. (I had had a heart attack some years earlier.) He lectured me about staying healthy. And then we walked back.
    Steve Jobs didn’t die that day, to my everlasting relief. But now he really is gone, much too young, and it is the world’s loss.”

  23. Jobs RIP. I’m crushed. Typing this out on my iPad from a hot bath as a tribute to Jobs.

  24. Thx for that Jobs speech link, Tony. A remarkable speech, from a remarkable man. How hard it must’ve been for him to let slip the bonds of earth. Hard to even imagine….
    I think Jobs is a standing rebuke to those who are overly impressed by the exercise of going to, and getting a degree from, name-colleges. I didn’t know until now that, like Gates, he was a college drop-out, but I’m not in the least bit surprised.

  25. ‘Remembering That You Are Going To Die Is The Best Way I Know To Avoid The Trap Of Thinking You Have Something To Lose’ – – Steve Jobs

  26. I’ve been expecting this, after seeing a picture of him recently, poor man. He really changed the world, didn’t he? We have 4 computers in this house & 3 of them are macs, & it may sound ridiculous, but they’ve given us a lot of happiness over the years, photography, movies, music, internet, and using them for work. He has an amazing legacy. Truly an innovator.

    Tony, I have that speech in my file of internet goodies. Always loved it. Sent it to several young people when it was first posted.

  27. Jobs was no Caesar but was certainly a great leader. The good that [that man] did WILL live after him.

  28. Only the good die young.
    Steve Jobs- Thank you. Without the Apple IIC my oldest most likely would never have graduated from high school. That machine was a godsend to my son, and to me. Said son is now E-8 and leading and teaching the next generation.

  29. a sad day for the world at this loss.
    prayers for the grieving family.

  30. Tony

    Thanks for all the great links.

    HT and Uppity
    Since we were not computer science majors we got the older facilities so we had to use the punch cards while the engineering and computer students were using those terminals with those screens that flickered like old tube TVs. And yes, started with FORTRAN . When we took the second mandatory class, we moved to COBOL and it seemed so easy in comparison. Lesson learned, number the punch cards because even if you managed to keep them in order they were handed over to said computer/engineering majors who ran the computers (which took up a whole room) and if they dropped them…….

  31. The saddest thing I’ve read so far is that this might have had a happier ending:

  32. I don’t personally believe it would have made a difference Val. I have never known a person with pancreatic cancer who was actuallly cured regardless of what the person was treated with. It’s just not one of those cancers that has a good outcome rate.

    By the way, how are you doing???? It’s good to see ya,and i guess you’ve been busy with all the critters?

  33. I am very sad hearing/reading about Steve Jobs’ death. There is nothing good about this disease. It is a horrible way to die.

    (I have my own close encounters with it and prefer to leave it at that.)

  34. (((((((((leslie))))))))

  35. Here’s the Think Different video reworked to feature Steve Jobs instead as a tribute to him.

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