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"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." -Steve Jobs

I feel so weird about Steve Jobs' passing. I never knew him, I never met him, I don't think I was ever in the same place with him... but he had such a huge impact on my life, I can honestly and without hyberbole say that I wouldn't be where I am today without him.

In 1984, I bought my first Macintosh. It was a 128 with one floppy drive. When I plugged it in and started it up for the first time, it was like I'd stepped into The Future from a science fiction novel.

Before my Mac, the two big computers we had were an Atari 400 that belonged to the entire family, and a TI-99/4A that was all mine. I learned how to program on both of them in BASIC, and I was able to do lots of cool things with them, mostly writing and playing games.

When I got my Mac, the first program I started up was Visual BASIC. It was this confusing jumble of windows and weirdness that didn't work at all like the BASIC I knew so well. After a few frustrating failures to write and run even the simplest program, I gave up; writing stories in MacWrite and drawing pictures in MacPaint was more fun, anyway.

I wrote my first story on that Mac, and my second, and my third, and pretty much all of them until I got a color Mac II in 1988. I wrote on that for years, until I got my first Powerbook in the 90s. I used that Powerbook to take my first steps onto the Internet, using a VT100 emulator, a 4800 baud modem, and the mysterious ftp and telnet protocols.

Today, I own and use a Macbook Pro and an iPad. I have so many iPods, most of them just live in a drawer at my desk. My wife has an iPhone and an iPad -- the first two devices that made it possible for her to embrace her inner geek and understand the one she married -- and both of my kids have Macbooks. Anne has an iMac in her office that she uses every day.

Hearing that Steve Jobs died today hit me in the stomach, even though I'm not an Apple Fanboy, and I love to tease and make fun of Apple Cultists. I use a rooted Android and spend almost as much time in a Linux VM as I do in Mac OS... but the world I live in, was shaped by Steve Jobs and the people he inspired. I got to find the person I am because Apple tools made it easy for me to take my ideas and move them from my head onto paper when I was a kid, a teenager, a twentysomething, and today.

I don't agree with everything Apple does, but I feel like the world lost an important person today, and I feel like I lost a distant relative who I never got to meet, but knew everything about because for one reason or another his influence was everywhere I looked.

iRIP, Steve Jobs. Thank you for making the incredible things that made it possible for me to live in a real future that's even cooler than the one I pretended to live in when I was flying that spaceship so many years ago.
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Amazing how many lives this man has touched. I don't think you'll see many CEO's who will be mourned like this man will be.
 
Your tribute resonates with me... thank you for sharing.. RIP
 
Wonderful, Wil. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
 
I'm honestly worried about what Apple will go from here. They led innovation BECAUSE of Steve, and now that he's gone, the company will live on, but they won't be the same innovative group. They might not have been the first to the finish line, but they were the first one to get there without injury.

He will be missed.
 
Can we declare Friday black shirts and jeans day in tribute?
 
all of my favorite G+ people just shared that quote. :)
 
Love him or hate him, you had to respect him. He changed the way we interact with technology.
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Pres.Obama said, in his words, "There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented."
 
thank you for writing this
 
Very sad day. One man gives the world such great technology, Like apple products or not, you have to admire his drive.
 
My favorite part of this was where what his company did allowed your wife to understand the geek she married. RIP Steve.
 
Wait, what was the device Steve Jobs invented that much of the world learned of his passing on? He didn't actually invent the PC, or the iPhone, or even the Mac. Sorry fanboys (and Obama).
 
As a linux geek, and old school computer user myself; I really enjoyed reading this bit. Great tribute Wil :)
 
Excellent post. And a perfect "iRIP" to end it.
 
Beautiful sentiment from an incredible individual.
 
When he stepped down a few months back, a commencement speech he gave was circulating the rolls on G+ (I think I've seen it today too.) In it, he relates a story about his (brief) time in college as a student... And his transition into a STUDENT after he dropped out. He basically audited a calligraphy / graphic arts class where he was able to explore the true artistry and creativity that kind of writing entails. It was what allowed him and Waz to incorporate scalable and floating space fonts in the Mac. If he hadn't dropped out of school, the entire home computer industry would have been years or even decades behind where we are now.
 
Thank you for sharing Wil. Great words about a great man. 
 
Good words. Steve was a true visionary, and has left a gaping hole in this world.
 
I have never liked Apple, but even Microsoft would not be where it is without S.J.
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Great Quote
 
Steve Jobs is someone who I too never met but has contributed to making my life so much easier. I am typing this on my Macbook Pro which I love too use. Later today I will use my i-phone to listen to my favourite music which I can download with ease, update my diary and even make phone calls. Steve Jobs also introduced me to my inner geek and I am very grateful to this amazing man's vision. R.I.P.
 
Well said, like you, I don't agree with everything Apple does. However, as an IT worker, I feel that I owe a great deal of the industry that employs me to Mr. Jobs. I certainly owe my original interest in computers to him. My parents gave me an Apple II for Christmas when I was in 8th grade. 
 
A remarkable visionary. A person and day I will never forget. Thanks Wil.
 
Change the world by donating to cancer research in Steve Jobs' name. Find the cure!
 
I wasn't his greatest fan, but he was still a great man. RIP Steve Jobs.
 
One of the best tributes I've read yet today. Because it's personal. Because that's why Steve did everything he did - to make the computer, the internet, and all the devices we use personal. A great light has gone out of the world today.
 
As an Apple Fan who has used/utilized Apple computers for 20+ years I can totally agree with you that Apple and Steve Jobs in particular have impacted my life in a major way. I like the idea of that...iR.I.P. Steve Jobs, you will be missed by millions of people who never knew you, yet through your legacy you made us all feel like we did
 
+1, from another non Apple fanboy. Jobs helped push technology in general to where it is today and I appreciate what he accomplished.
 
Couldn't have said it better myself. Nice tribute Wil.
 
thank you for posting this! I love this quote and used to have it posted on my wall at work.
 
Great quote, and ...enchanted bunny.
 
It's so true. Even non-Apple OS's were influenced by him, what with true-type fonts and other things Steve contributed to.
 
Wow, very well said Wil. Thank you for writing this.
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I enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for sharing it with us.
 
I feel the same way. While I grew up mainly a PC user, I feel I wouldn't be in the game industry without Job's influence on the tech industry as a whole.

Great post, Wil.
 
You wrote pretty that stuff what everybody feels, but can't express with words so well... iRIP Steve !
 
Steve Jobs was only one of approximately 155,000 people who died Wednesday.
 
I never cared for Apple products and I loathed how those products were marketed, but Steve Jobs was a visionary and contributed to much more than personal computing. He was an innovative force and many technological fields that benefited from his innovation has suffered a devastating blow today. He will be missed.
 
I never bought an Apple product yet have always respected his influence on the industry even while I was mocking the standard the company was setting.

He was a marketing genius. I hope innovation and competition doesn't suffer because of his loss.
 
good words Wil, I have always been an MS person and have started to branch into Linux. Wanted to learn Mac but never wanted to spend the money, but I love my iPods and iTunes, and most definitely Pixar. the world lost a pioneer today :(
 
iRIP, sounds like a movement to me. My rooted android phone wouldn't nearly be as cool without Steve.
 
Steve Jobs, more than any other person in his generation, will be remembered as the man who forever changed the way we get information, get entertained and get in touch. Things our children will take for granted started as seeds in his imagination. Requiescat in Pace, Mr. Jobs. We already miss you.
 
Thank You iWill :) well written!
 
That is the best tribute I have read! RIP Steve Jobs!
 
Wil, I honestly think you're one of the few actors who's been able to actually exemplify this kind of sentiment. It's what I think has added to your recent success and it is appreciated to hear someone like you quote this.
 
Oops sorry for the misspell!
 
Thank you steve for all the goodness you have done for so many people thank god .>>>>we have your wonderful Completion to remeber you God Bless.
 
Concerning rooted or not rooted android phones... would we have such smartphones at all now without Steve and Apple presenting iPhone?!
 
+Wil Wheaton You put into words exactly how I've been feeling since I found out. Thanks.
 
Well said. It really does feel like I lost some distant family member.
 
I feel that I lost something too.
RIP Steve Job. We will always remember you.
 
iThankyou Steve for all that you helped create
 
i wonder if he'll have an iCoffin or an iUrn
 
I've been struggling to put into words what you have so elegantly written here, +Wil Wheaton . I'm no Apple fangirl, but this hits us all hard. For the record, ][c was my first system. 
 
Sometimes I forget where things started for me. I may be an administrator for Microsoft products, but it never would have happened if it weren't for my obsessions with the computers at daycare. I was fascinated with the Apple II computers when we were playing Oregon Trail, and then up to the Apple II e in elementary school, where number crunchers was THE game for learning math (or for showing off how well I did math compared to everyone else!). If it weren't for these technologies in my schools, even when I was just big enough to know how to control the Apple II, I don't think I would be where I am today. 7 years ago, I had obtained 2 of the Apple II e from a school I was working for at the time. I was so in love with the idea of seeing where it all began. I then found some family members that could really use the educational side of them for their kids, more than I needed to reminisce on my start in this field. I gave the systems to those kids, and the cycle began again.
 
Thanks for sharing, Wil. Very well stated. iRIP Mr. Jobs.
 
I feel much the same way, +Wil Wheaton. I grew up on a Macintosh LC (with tiny little 12" monitor too!), and although I've since moved to mostly Linux, I have much fondness for what Apple has always aspired to make us. The company Mr. Jobs co-founded has shaped our lives in more subtle ways than we probably yet realize.
 
I've practically hated apple ever since I stopped being a Mac user. It's funny; Steve returns, I leave the platform and move to Windows (because hey, I was a kid, and macs were expensive), and then he just progressively turns Apple products into all these deleted expletives. But that's besides the point.

For a guy I've spent years ranting about, I'm surprised at how fundamentally bummed out I am by these news. It's funny how someone you don't know can make themselves a room in your heart anyway.

He reminded me of Lovecraft near the end. Just painful, horrible disease. I hope he's in a better place, and at least now he doesn't have to work so hard, and hurt so much. And his family is safe forever. Good fucking job Steve.
 
Well stated, Wil. We lost a pioneer of the personal computing revolution today, no matter our opinions on Apple or the directions it takes.
 
The brightest flames, unfortunately, flicker out long before we want them to.
 
Thank you for the quote Will, that was one of his best speeches ever, hugs for you cousin.
 
As I post this comment from my Android phone with my windows PC not far from me I have to be thankful to Steve jobs for coming up with amazing ideas for everyone else to copy and give it to me cheaper
 
yes, oh yes and a further toast~
All Peace to you Steve Jobs, from all us who have watched technological history unfold beyond our childhood inspirations and expectations.
 
"which is living with the results of other people's thinking"... I don't suppose he invented calculus, semi-conductors and organic chemistry, although he happily used them. Somehow faith is like sex: with many people, you can't talk about it, and no knowledge about it is supposed to be transferrable without being doing something wrong (although there is some progress on the sex front in recent decades).
 
He got excited and made stuff, and the world has been transformed.
 
I hate to be the Trek nerd, but as soon as I finished watching the video of Jobs Stanford commencement speech which starts your post I immediately thought of this qoute from JLP "Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey - reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived."
 
The first computer I owned was a Mac Classic. It came with me to Japan, Poland, Korea and Dubai. It got me through my MA and my husband and I wrote our wedding ceremony on it. I'm fond of my non-Mac laptop, but I don't love it the way I loved that Mac! For such a short life, Steve Jobs made a heck of an impact.
 
You and I both use rooted (and likely ROM'd) Android phones, but did you see the Android prototypes before the iPhone lanched? It was a Blackberry OS clone on a Blackberry hardware clone. When the iPhone came out, Android disappeared until the version 1.0 that we all came to know.
Steve Jobs set Apple back on a course with a vision that drove the entire industry forward. Even if we don't use Apple products, we have benefited from Mr. Jobs's efforts. He will be missed.
 
Last night I was reading some post about the terrible US economy (about the have's and and have nots and feeling scared and vulnerable, as if I have to keep on doing whatever it takes. And then I contrast those thoughts with Steve's sentiments above and I feel a little ashamed and perhaps a little bit hopeful. An example to pass on to my children I think. And a very sad day.
 
I couldn't have said it better myself. The world has lost a true visionary. 
 
+Eric Taney Yep. Rooted and ROM'd with CM7. I didn't even consider how iOS drove other developers to be smarter and better and more awesome. It's so obvious now, but I'm glad you said it so I could see that.
 
Just glad I was around to witness his greatness in person...
 
A very well written tribute. I think he would admire this...
 
you are the first person i have seen since his passing not to make a joke but instead post something important that the man stood for. thank you Mr, Wheaton for being a genuine good person!
 
We have lost a remarkable man. My thoughts are with his family.
 
Well put. He'll be missed.
 
I used to write this in the yearbooks for select 8th graders who I knew would either appreciate it or ask me what the heck it meant. Always made me happy at the end of a school year when I had more than 1 student who deserved it
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That was very loving and caring. Thanks will for opening up. Also rip Steve you touched a lot of geeks hearts and exploration into the tech world. 
 
Will, you said it better than I did, like you I never met Steve jobs, and unlike you I only use an iPad and an iPod classic, I do not use a Mac. I am a Windows person. Without Steve Jobs and the Mac, Windows would not be trying to keep improving itself.

Rest in Peace Steve, even though I never met you, I still know you had a great influence on my life.
 
It's undeniable that he helped shape the world of technology that we now live in.
 
We lost a great visionary today he will be missed
 
Thank you, Wil. Very well stated.
 
Nice one Wil. It feels so personal even though no one on this thread even met the man or knew him personally. We all feel a great loss on this one. His vision of the future brought us so many possibilities today. His loss in leadership and vision for the tech industry will not be realized for at least another five years. My inner nerd is crying right now.
 
Best status ever. Nicely done. Kudos.
 
+Bryan Venable You sir, are the polar opposite of Wil. Dude had nothing but kind words for one of the pioneers of electronics and you have to go and add your completely unneeded pessimistic two cents. How does it feel being that big of a douche bag? Feel great? Didn't think so.
 
The TI 99/4A. So slow you could watch it think. (Seriously, you could type PRINT 3 + 4 and hit ENTER, wait a beat, it scrolled up a line, another beat, 7 appeared and another line scrolled up, another beat, and you get your prompt back. 10 FOR I = 1 TO 100, 20 PRINT I, 30 NEXT I, and RUN would print the numbers only a little faster than the seconds display on my digital watch.) 16K of RAM, and who knows how much of that was left after the OS was running. Not even enough RAM to run the Star Trek games of the time (they needed 24K at least). And the Atari 400. Membrane keyboard, which was frequently replaced with a real keyboard like the 800's. Man, you had it rough. I know because I did the same thing, except a Commodore 64 instead of the Atari.

I was in elementary school when the Mac came out in '84. I desperately wanted one, but at $3 for mowing the lawn, there was no way to get to $2500 plus tax. Didn't get one for two years until we got someone's used Mac 512 (they were upgrading to a Plus). From there on out it was limit pushing all the way. Packing all I could onto two 400K or 800K floppy disks (didn't get a hard drive until halfway through college). Ordering from MacConnection's dense two-page ads in MacWorld. Using FontEdit to make my own font based on the Star Trek movies' Microgramma Bold Extended font. Using ResEdit to hack the system resources and replace the Chicago system font with Microgramma, or rearrange the parts of a dialog box. SoundMaster to play sounds on system events. All this before "themes" and "skinning" were supported by anything.

CodeWarrior, bringing programming in Pascal and C and later C++ to the Mac, since Apple's development tools weren't just expensive, they required a subscription, and they were slow. Discovering the genius A-trap system which did away with jump tables that future hardware could not change.

Drawing a circuit schematic for a science fair project in MacDraw. Fun fact: most Windows drawing programs of that era had a habit of leaving artifacts on the screen when you moved or deleted things, so they had "repaint" commands in the menu. I use some at work right now that still have these bugs; you never trust what you see unless you just hit "Repaint". Not MacDraw. That program always showed you the exact thing that would print, no matter what you did. In 1986, on a 512K computer.

Watching CodeWarrior take the Mac into the PowerPC age, putting all the 68k stuff in an emulation box.

Then Steve Jobs came back and showed the world how to sell a blue and clear computer to everyone in a world full of beige, black, and gray. We didn't think they could move from PowerPC to Intel x86 (the bytes aren't even in the same order!), but they did it a lot like the transition from the 68k. And Steve's genius part? Getting Mathworks on the stage with him to tell the developers at WWDC, "We've done it with Matlab, you can too."

What a ride. Hope everyone left behind can carry on without you. It won't be much fun if they can't.
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I just listened to the Stanford speech. my favorite quote is the quote he closed with, from Stewart Brand: stay hungry, stay foolish.
 
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Steve Jobs, thank you for flood of enthusiastically millions of hearts. Requiescat in pace.
 
Thanks +Wil Wheaton, well said. Shared. I had the same feelings too:;

"I don't agree with everything Apple does, but I feel like the world lost an important person today, and I feel like I lost a distant relative who I never got to meet, but knew everything about because for one reason or another his influence was everywhere I looked."
 
No matter what the future holds, Steve Jobs' passion, vision, and ability to actually bring to reality the technology of his passion and vision will be recorded in history as an amazing achievement.
 
Very well said Wil.

Though don't you mean HyperCard rather than Visual BASIC? VB as a Microsoft product came later, but I don't know if there was ever a product with the same name for Mac (certainly not from MS).
 
I like the iRIP. Very eloquently said. 
 
Cool, my first delve into BASIC was also on a TI-99/4A, which I still have in my attic. Also, great tribute to Steve Jobs, Wil!
 
Beautifully written, Wil. In this short passage you have written, I believe that you have summed up most of the feelings that we, your readers, are experiencing right now. So, thank you for expressing your feelings in a form that we can all relate to. =)
 
You mean well quoted, Wil. Well said Steve
 
+Kimmi Behm Expand the post, there's quite a bit more there than just the Steve Jobs quote.
 
(Kimmi, click "Expand this post" below the quote to see Wil's thoughts.)
 
+Mark Berger huzzah! That was quite an important button to look over... I retract my previous comment. Well said Wil.
 
Thanks Wil. There are going to be so many tributes spoken about Steve Jobs, but you've said everything and more. My head is back in the eighties right now recapturing everything that was so incredible back then. It's is huge deal to our generation.
 
Macs were the computers I first learned to use and the ones I used all through school 56 is too young
 
While I may not be a fan of Apple, I have always been a fan and had the utmost respect for Steve Jobs.. R.I.P Steve
 
Few people accomplish as much as you did in your life Steve, RIP :-(
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+Wil Wheaton lucky you made this post, if someone stumbled over yesterday's today they thing you are a real arsehole
 
Evidently selling other people's ideas and creating dogma to pass on to other people were okay though...

That said, a true statement is true regardless, and I do agree this shows sentiment that is rarely seen from other CEOs. Moreover, while Jobs was never the innovator many want to give him the credit for, he was a genius at recognizing innovations that others ignored and making them highly desirable. Certainly a man of vision and talent. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
 
If you ever have a hankering to play with a VT100 emulator and telnet protocols again, for old times' sake, you could do worse than wandering over to Monochrome BBS - www.mono.org Some of us still play it old school.
 
To a lot of people above. What did Steve Jobs invent? He invented a very simple idea about computers. That there should be computing devices that were easy to use, and did not require a course in IT to use.

This is not hyperbole. Steve Jobs really did invent that approach. Before Steve and Woz created the Apple I, the idea of a home computer that included the terminal display and keyboard wasn't out there. Steve then led the Post Apple-II company with one design slogan "Computers for the Rest of Us", with the leading idea that in the future people would treat their computers like appliances.

The idea that eveyone, even people with no technical skills, would be walking around with a computer in their pocket just wouldn't be understood in the 70s and early 80s. It wasn't even science fiction, it was just way out there. Computers were things that you specialised in, take a look at the Science Fiction of the age. Do you see people using computers in 70's-early 80's SF who aren't technically minded, and aren't using it for a specific wizz-bang-computer task. Or are computers mainly the dark monoliths tended by the digital monks, or the specialized tools given to intelligent special people.

Heck, compare Pre-Apple computers 'Star Trek' to Post-Apple computers 'Star Trek NG'.

Steve Jobs saw past computers being 'for the technically minded', and was the leading figure in making computers as accessible and understandable to every day people as the bicycle.
 
Who will the computer industry copy NeXT???
 
Well said! 5 years ago, I would never have imagined the world like it is today. We've advanced so far so fast and it's largely due to Steve's influence in raising the bar so high especially over the last decade. While I am primarily an Android user, I know that I would not have the phone and tablet I have today had it not been for Steve Jobs.
 
They had iPads on Star Trek. And NCC 1701-D ran on Mac OS. Steve made his mark, and future trends will follow his lead.
 
Wow...... That was inspiring i feel the same way...........
 
+Anne Wizardpower you're a sad example of the mindless majority. He gave final approval. He gave design green lights. He said ok let's change everything. I'm guessing you typed your comment on a droid. Even if my guess is wrong you need to understand one thing: there would be NO Android or ANY other mobile OS out now if it weren't for Steve Jobs giving us one more thing. 
 
A lot of his 'ideas' were really the hard work of others, but he was still a great man who understood their importance and had the determination to make them count. I'll miss him. I think we all shall.

Wil, since you are a connoisseur of extreme dickery in all it's forms (I mean you've experienced it, not generated it) I recommend putting "Steve Jobs" and "Westboro Baptist" into Google and observing the breathtaking levels that have been achieved today.
 
+Peter Fernandez Symbian is still around. Granted, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, but it was around before iOS and it's on devices in stores today.

We owe iOS a great deal when it comes to mobile device user interfaces. It was always too limited for my taste, so I wanted until Android came of age. But there's no arguing its influence.

The real question is, will Apple ever manage to change things again without Jobs? Will they manage to come up with another iPod or iPhone or anything else as major? Time will tell.
 
+Wil Wheaton , not to in any way downplay the death of Steve Jobs, but in fact to put it in greater overall perspective, another visionary died on Wednesday. Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who King and others hailed for his fearlessness, determination, and courage in battling segregation and fighting for civil rights in the 60s and beyond. This was a man who fought valiantly to fill the chasm that to this day divides us as a nation and as a people.
 
+Frode Hauge iOS is faster. The "open" argument loses all weight with me because I'm typing this on an unlocked iPhone 4, T-Moble. My phone is as open as I need it to be. My tablets? They now negate needing a laptop at all. Sure one is running W8 beta but that's beside the point. True open source (ubuntu, BSD, KDE etc.) haven't even one close to the snappy no lag experience of iOS. That's fact. I've tested and played with every new Android device (Titan being latest) and they ALL lag. It's ridiculous. 
 
+Peter Fernandez No, your personal experience does NOT equal "fact", its still your experience and opinion. iOS lags, its not perfect, nor is android. Both have their pros and cons. Android on my phone is as smooth as silk. iOs lags on all devices IVE tested on, its ridiculous.
 
Don't turn this post into an Apple v. Droid thing. That was yesterday's post. Today, let's just take a moment to reflect on what Mr. Wheaton said about Mr. Jobs. Regardless of how anyone felt about him as a person, an innovator, or a businessman, there are children missing a father and a wife mourning a husband today. For that alone, he deserves a moment. Not to say that the other 150,000 people that died yesterday don't also deserve a moment, but those people aren't in the news. Steve Jobs was, is, and undoubtedly will be for quite some time. 
 
i'd have to agree with Brian Ginger on that. the thing with android is it has multiple hardware archs. not just arm but tegra and intel. and with add-ons from the distributor of the hardware always building poorly built AOSP roms. apple has it's advantages i will admit but as a personal preference of developing on android is a better platform.
 
WOW, I guess he took the disappointment of the 4S pretty hard too.
 
I heard this news last night, and I think it will take a while for it to actually sink in. I feel we have lost one of the great innovators of our time.
 
I think that this is a quote you can never see too much. It's something everyone should remember.
 
iRIP Steve Jobs, thanks for all the fish!
 
I've had a night to sleep on it. Steve will be missed no doubt. He was a player among players and solid proof of wizard's rule #1. But there is no Nobel prize for marketing. He didn't make the world a better place any more than any of us do just by being. He didn't feed the poor, heal the sick or walk on water. He took other people's ideas and made them better and was able to convince the world that style over substance matters. RIP, Steve. You kept Bill Gates in line for us.
 
+Brian Shirley only the emotionally crippled or unstable fail to countenance sarcasm, dark humor or necessary irreverence. Someone has to provide the counterprogramming. I like to think Jobs would approve, but if not, fuck 'im.
 
You don't have to like everything that Apple does. Apple is a company made of people, and there are other people in the company that make decisions that even the CEO cannot control. Such as where and how the product is made.

We're the same age, Wil (I keep harping on that, btw lol). He was a man that influenced our generation. He made being a nerd cool and professional. He was an awesome innovator. He was a witty speaker. Most importantly, he was a powerful and important competitor in the technology market. I too have owned an Apple product at nearly every stage of my life. I felt a little choked up watching the tribute to him on CNBC.
 
+Peter Fernandez I have an iPhone as work phone. An Android phone as my personal phone. My Android one screams along compared to the iPhone. And that's even considering I have tons of apps running in the background on my Android, where the iPhone obviously has pretty much nothing going on in the background.

I said nothing of "open", I said the iPhone was too limited. In particular, the limited API it offers developers as well as lack of proper multitasking for non-Apple apps. Much of what I use on my Android requires basic functionality iOS simply does not offer, which means much of what I use my phone for is not possible on an iOS device.

So, when it comes to phones, I wouldn't pick an iPhone over an Android phone unless you paid me silly amounts of money to do it. For tablets, I'll stick with my iPad2 at least a year longer. I have different needs for a tablet, and iOS currently has a significant advantage in that area. But I'm sure Android will mature for tablets as well. And I'd never exchange my laptop for a tablet. They serve different needs in my world.
 
Nice posting. I hope Apple does not suffer as a result of his passing.
 
I may not much care for Apple Products, but today the world lost a true engineering visionary. The man helped shaped with others what we take for granted today as must have's and basic technological marvels. RIP Mr Jobs.
 
“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” Steve Jobs
 
+Frode Hauge I'll just agree to disagree or whatever witty term fits this kind of situation. 2 hours ago I had a Bionic to play with. It was insanely slow. I'm not fan boy biased, I'm what works biased. The Son will most likely be my next phone. That or the quad core unnamed thing I read about coming from Nokia 1st quarter 12. Jobs did one thing: change. His company is responsible for the mouse, the click wheel and multi touch. Those are things 20 years ago no one would've believed useful. Now they're everyday essentials. He was a great man. That's all I'll say on the matter. 
 
Thanks Wil. I have a similar story and completely agree with your perspective.
 
+Rune Nordblom I didn't say created, I said responsible. We would all have Commodoresque WTF pads as input devices if not for what he did. There's tons of video documenting and backing up everything I've mentioned, go watch and please have a little more tact about nitpicking things. This isn't a debate. 
 
" I got to find the person I am " This is how I feel about you Wil. Tho you do not know me, you have helped me tremendously and I thank you for it.
 
Very well said Wil. I'm not a writer nor did I get very far learning to write code but I, much the same way, grew up with Apple products and feel as you do about Steve.
 
Probably the quote from Steve that most exemplifies his view on life.
 
Beautifully written. Thank you Will.
 
I never owned an Apple product until my kids got me this iPhone for Christmas a couple of years ago. I LOVE it! Now, I consider Mac or Apple products when shopping for tablets, pads or pc's.

Thank you, Steve Jobs, for your vision, wisdom, and hard work. You impacted the quality of my life!

Thank you, Wil, for sharing your thoughts. I can relate to the feeling of the universe opening up to you when you got on the Internet! OMG! I didn't sleep for weeks when I first got on the Internet!!! I wanted to soak up...and print off... every megabyte of information available to me before it all went away! LOL!

Again, thank you!
 
thank you Wil....such a wonderful quote from a creative genius, who will be missed by the entire world!
 
The Zen of Steve Jobs....Thanks Wil for sharing this.
 
Whatever comes next. I hope fortune smiles on Steve.
 
That was very insightful. 
 
Well said. I've never owned an Apple product in my entire life, but I have always recognized the influence of Steve Jobs in all the other products I have owned.

It's a shame we wont get to see what he would have had in store for us all in the decades to come. It would have been awesome, I'm sure.
 
I heard BBC news reader this morning say, "Steve Jobs died yesterday at ...(implied: the age of) ... Apple. He was co-founder ... of 56." One seldom hears BBC news readers flustered.
 
I think Steve's greatest contribution really was always striving to innovate and make things better than they are. Complacency for the status quo is never a good thing. IBM had the motto of "Think" for a while. I think Steve took that to the next level with "Think different" and "Think better". And for the record, I don't own a Mac, but I do miss my 4 NeXT computers with first generation laser printer.
 
I work and live in Silicon Valley so this hit pretty close to home for us folks out here. I had dinner in Palo Alto last night and saw a growing pile of flowers, notes, cards, photos, and candles laid out in front of the Apple store there. Really made me tear up. I grew up on the Apple thanks to a program in the 80's where Apple would team up with local schools and provide them the newest models each year for their computer lab. I got to see the evolution of the personal computer 1st hand thanks to this program. I was given access to technology that I would not otherwise have had and I will forever appreciate that.
 
Anything I say now would just be parroting a lot of what was said already. Mr. Jobs will be missed. there.
 
As a part of Apple's tribute to Steve Jobs you can send in your thoughts, memories and condolences to rememberingsteve@apple.com. I feel more of a sense of loss at his passing than I have with any other figure that I had never met. He has truly changed our world.
 
very well put. I feel the same way, though my life was less Apple centered, my parents are computer programers and use windows machines, but he has changed the way geeks think and work. he has left a very big shoes to fill...
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you all know the iPhone 5 will suck now...right?
 
Probably the best I've heard it put. I don't agree with everything but its hard to deny, if not impossible, to argue the influence on life today for all people whether they know it or not.
 
I've seen this quote so many times in the last 25 hours, and yet it still resonates. Every. Single. Time.

Having met the man it's odd to think of him as "gone". I know, he isn't... as +Sarah Jayne Anderson told me last night "So many people make pale platitudes about one living on beyond their death, but this is one time it's absolutely true." Part Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes with a dash of Timothy Leary, when so many great people I met seemed to shrink, he still loomed larger than life.

He terrified and inspired so many of us. He'll continue to do so thanks to the amazing legacy he left.
 
I don't understand the narcissism required to inform everyone that you're "not a Apple Fanoby" (or similar) when posting your RIP for Jobs.
 
Eric Christensen - I think for some people its kind of an honesty thing. I'd feel bad if Bill Gates died and I didn't preface my thoughts, "Well I really didn't like Bill Gates, but yadda yadda." It seems disingenuous to say how much you think Jobs contributed to the industry but you hid the fact you secretly hated Apple.
 
I don't understand how saying you're "not an Apple Fanboy" can possibly be described as narcissistic...

Unless one has taken Apple evangelism to such an extreme that for anyone to express respect at the passing of such an icon as Jobs while pointing out he is not necessarily a fan of some of the products or the cult-like following the brand has created is considered taboo.

I have a feeling Jobs, himself, wouldn't have lost the sentiment in the context. Perhaps others should try harder to follow that example and not be so defensive. Henry Ford was a great man, too, and comparable, I think, to Jobs in his effect on our culture and society. I don't necessarily like Fords... Does this make me a narcissist?
 
I think that the iPods are cool, they're the best thing Apple ever produced, along with the iPhones. They're like a portable entertainment center, but small enough to carry in a pocket, able to hold more movies than a video tape, which is physically larger. I've got three, an iPod Touch 32GB (2009, for movies), iPod Classic 160GB (2007, now used for TV shows, got this one week after I got my iPod Nano), and an iPod Nano 4GB (2007, this was my first one). At the time, I thought 4GB was enough, because I had a laptop with a 4GB HD in the late-1990s.
I remember when the Macs first came out at electronic stores at shopping malls in the mid-80s.
 
Stop running Linux in a VM. Do you have problems with commitment?
 
No mention of Pixar here then... I for one will be remembering him for creating the company which brought me Toy Story, Monsters inc. , etc.
 
Maybe he enjoys the thrill of running and building VM farms. I know I do. 10 BSD guest systems under a single core 2.4Ghz Linux host. It's just fun.
 
I'm sure a whole lot of people share your sentiments.
 
amen and may goddess clear the path before him
 
He was an interesting, deep and thoughtful chap.. I find it telling that the friends and foes he had in life all mourn his passing.. The mark of a great man..

 
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Steve Jobs
Transformed the way we communicate
Extended our experiences through the technology he invented
Visionary, creator, innovator, a genius
Entrepreneur that entrepreneurs look up to

Just had the courage to follow his heart and intuition, and...
One more thing...
Became one crazy enough to change the world we live in
Steve Jobs.
 
+Bryan Venable Counterprogramming? This isn't Tron, bro. And someone doesn't have to provide anything negative at all. Negativity is responsible for the state of the world now. So be positive or help the ship sink.
 
Thanks Wil. As someone with a past like yours and experiences it's really cool to see your take on it too.
 
Very nice post Wil. I took a different path and learned to program in 10 languages eventually. Basic has to be one of the biggest clusterfarks in languages. I was working on TTL digital circuit boards and remember the first microprocessors showing up. I have never owned an Apple product and still got choked up when I got the news. RIP 
 
Thanks will and safe journey Steve!
 
Tangent, but ... EEEE! Another TI99/4A user!
 
+Brian Shirley "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell

I'm not being negative for the sake of being negative. I'm casting doubt on assumptions about Jobs and Apple. There's nothing wrong with that. Quite to the contrary, there's something wrong with the always-be-positive-no-matter what, pronoid, facts-I-don't-like-are-bad mindset. It's a cancer eating away at civilization. If anything's going to sink the ship, it's mindless cheerfulness and groundless positivity.

Counterprogramming isn't something from Tron. Ironically, it came from the TV business. Look it up.
 
As much as I appreciate his impact, I refuse to add to the massive pile of Steve Jobs tributes.
 
+Bryan Venable The counterprogramming being from Tron comment was said to poke fun at your hilarious choice of words. The word "counterprogramming" could have been substituted by something much simpler and easier to type, but you felt like you should make yourself seem superior to everyone else reading your comment. It was sarcasm, bro. Learn it. And very classy, opening with a quote that again makes yourself seem superior. And indeed, sir, there is nothing wrong with being constantly positive. And I agree about the facts-I-don't-like-are-bad mindset. But please do explain how mindless cheerfulness and groundless positivity are gonna "sink the ship".
 
When I think of the Ipad I think of the padd that were carried around on TNG.
 
The first computer that I ever used was a Macintosh. It didn't have a refresh rate that bothered my JME. Today I use a Dell Insperion 580 that has a very simular refresh rate. Thank you Steve! RIP and Blessed Be.
 
this is cliche but it is true to form; He was the epitomy of Frost's poem "Road Not Taken"
 
That is so weird; We literally had the same first computer systems. Although the Atari seems to be more prominent in pop-culture, the TI-99/4A still had some pretty amazing games of its own, such as Munch Man, Hunt the Wumpus, and so many others. So many hours were spent on that machine.
 
Wheaaaaaaaaaaaaaatonnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Very well said. I think you put into words how I feel as well. Thank you.
 
Thanks Wil. As an artist mac has helped me gain greater and greater ground each day as I learn formats and the like. Being able to create a line in virtual space with a wireless stylus I don't think would have happened if Jobs hadn't made a mouse.
Besides that, the quote rings true.
 
All but the dogma part, I agree........Thanks for what you have done for the industry Mr. Jobs.
 
Great quote- deep meaning- words to refer to often!
 
Xerox Park invented the modern computer folks. Mouse, windowing, printing, etc. Steve Jobs
visited Xerox Park prior to coming up with Macintosh. My point is there are plenty of geniuses
of design and engineering out in the world. He recognized the brilliance of Xerox park and
brought it the mainstream---that's his legacy, he definitely had good taste.
 
Just for the sake of accuracy---that's Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), not park. Also, Xerox PARC did not invent the mouse. It was developed at SRI (the Stanford Research Institute).
 
Boy, I could almost post this word fro word myself. 42 and I think we led parallel lives (in regards to computers/tech and such, not so much the flying a pretend spaceship thing -- although I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express?). Oh, and I had an Atari 800. We might be the only two who owned one of those? But yup, had the TI-99, an Apple II and wrote and drew on it & less programming, etc, etc ...and I feel the same way. Kinda hurt in that same way I haven't felt since Lennon or Belushi died.
 
so true... mi abuela se fue acompañando en el camino a Steve Jobs, nada es tan cierto como esto =O
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Amazing comment from a man who made a living imposing his ways and his thoughts on all those buying his products.
 
I don't think anyone held a gun to my head and told me I had to buy my iPhone and iPod and subscribe to every thought he shared. I bought them because they did what I needed at the time, and I continue to use them because they are excellent products. I don't feel imposed upon at all; then again, you have to be willing to allow that in order for it to happen.

RIP
 
And that quote is exactly why I started law school at 40.
 
Steve was a great nay Brilliant Businessman & Entrepreneur but... He did it for financial gain, he did not do it for the good of all mankind unless that was a consequence of of making money. Lets just get our facts straight & take off the Rose colored glasses, on the same day as his passing A Rev Shuttleworth died, A man whom faced beatings & death threats to obtain rights for his people but let's not grieve him he didn't make the iPhone. We will all miss the color that Jobs brought to the Tech world but in the overall scheme of things ?????..........
 
Jobs' contribution isn't generally SEEN as having been out of kindness or self-sacrifice. This does not make his contributions to the world less significant. He's revered for his leadership and the positive differences he's made in the corporate world, the technology world, the entertainment industry, and the daily lives of many, many people. He made a difference, for whatever reason. He, along with Gates and Woz, FOUNDED the home computer industry (for all intents and purposes). It would have happened eventually, of course, but the way it did happen was with these three people. Then, on top of that, he went on to do several other very important things. I only hope the corporate world learns from his example.
 
WIL! Like to book you as a Guest for a Convention in Victoria BC
 
Honestly, i know next to nothing about Mr. Jobs (I say it only out of simple courtesy) but I do like the quote. For me, it's the truth in the message that matters rather than the man's reputation. I mean, as for possibly unethical business practices, that's nothing new in the United States what with Wall Street criminals and Major Oil Companies. At this point what does it matter? Not many people care about the other companies, yet they single Jobs out of hundreds including the CEO of Fox "News". Anyone notice the inconsistency? Perhaps I'm just ignorant.
 
While I still don't own a Mac, that doesn't mean that I don't want to. I have adored Macs since the 80s, and I can't say enough good things about the innovation that Steve Jobs brought through Apple into our lives. It's nice to know that Macs have UNIX running at the core of the OS X platform.

+Wil Wheaton Like yourself I have a "Rooted" EVO 3D, and I'm loving it. As a matter of fact, I'm using this bad boy to get on the internet as we speak. I never dreamed that a phone could be used as a modem to get on the internet. Just a testimony of how far innovation can go.
 
"Well, well, well, if it isn't Wil Wheaton. The Green Goblin to my Spider-Man, the Pope Paul V to my Galileo, the Internet Explorer to my Firefox!"-Sheldon Cooper
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