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Steve Jobs talks about this health in an open letter to the Mac community

Steve Jobs' health has been a hot topic of discussion ever since he made an appearance at the 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference in June looking somewhat emaciated. In late August, Jobs' obituary was published online accidently by Bloomberg despite the fact that he was still alive.

More recently, Gizmodo posted a story stating that the reason why Steve Jobs would not be attending this year's Macworld expo was due to his declining health. Gizmodo's story sparked off a firestorm of controversy and quite a bit of backlash from the Mac community on boards like Apple Insider.

CNBC's Jim Goldman also pushed back against the Gizmodo story stating the following, "I spoke to Apple after these headlines crossed and the company, which officially doesn't comment on rumors, reiterated the reasons it offered two weeks ago: Apple was pulling out of Macworld because the company didn't see the need to continue its investment in the expo, which included Steve Jobs' keynote."

However, Steve Jobs is now answering critics and the rumors that have been floating around the internet with a response of his own in this open letter.

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.


We all wish Steve a speedy recovery.

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Sounds like Jobs
By Nightskyre on 1/5/2009 9:49:59 AM , Rating: 5
I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now.

How humble.

Even while recovering from illness (which I too hope he recovers from, the world benefits from Jobs's ideas) he still maintains that irrevocable programmer trait.


RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/2009 9:58:10 AM , Rating: 4
He was never a programmer, Mr. Woziak did all the real work.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By dcalfine on 1/5/2009 10:24:14 AM , Rating: 5
It's true, but Wozniak wouldn't have gotten anything if the brilliant marketing mind of Steve Jobs didn't help him. Love him or hate him, Jobs created what we know as Apple and was responsible for making the Apple ][ different from the Altair 8800.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like Jobs
By porkpie on 1/5/2009 12:11:24 PM , Rating: 5
I hate Jobs with every fibre of my being, but you're denying reality here. Jobs is the reason for Apple's success. He built the company from the ground up and, when he was tossed out as CEO, the company immediately nosedived. It didn't recover until they brought him back to work his marketing magic.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like Jobs
By akugami on 1/5/2009 3:06:57 PM , Rating: 4
It didn't immediately nosedive but it did start a long decline that finally resulted in a nosedive.

Jobs is not a programmer. Rather, he is a manager. From what we've seen of Apple 1.0, Apple 2.0, Pixar, and Next, he is highly successful at managing people. I'm not saying he's the easiest guy to be under since I do not know the man personally nor have I worked under him but his success speaks for his abilities.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By SoCalBoomer on 1/5/2009 3:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in the same boat - the amount of "despise" that I hold for Jobs is immense - mostly because I feel that he is all marketing and little substance ( he has people like Ives for that )

However, he really has given his all for Apple. When they ousted him, Apple went downhill and when they brought him back, its rise was meteoric.

Get well, Steve - then retire! :D

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 4:52:22 PM , Rating: 5
I dont think Jobs is worthy of anyones hate. Its a really strong word, used by fathers to describe how they feel about the man who raped their daughter. Murdered their son. Robbed their grandmother of her home, ect ect.

Jobs only real crimes are being a pumpus ass, and coming out with alot of things that may or may not trigger a status symbol' type of feeling for some of the more low self esteemed buyers. However thats true with any popular device.

Honestly, its kind of silly that the word hate is tossed around so easily these days. We either need to stop being so emo, or make up a new word to describe the real hanus stuff.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By inighthawki on 1/5/2009 4:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
While you seem more on track with the meaning of hate, i believe the word is tossed around and used more as a point of saying that they do not like Apple, Jobs, or what they stand for. I for one do not like Apple's products, their marketing strategies, etc and honestly feel that Apple is a very bad company, not in terms of how successfully, but overall just bad. I don't like their products (and that's no reason to 'hate' a company) but I do feel as though people see apple in the wrong light for what it really is in my eyes.

And i say this knowing this is fully a subjective opinion, and not to be taken in the wrong sense by the people who read this.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 5:20:19 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, i know what they are saying. I agree with you on that point. Im just saying its a bit too strong. Actually... alot too strong. I find hate (and love) to be the ultimate extremes in life of emotion.

I dislike them being used in a manner where really, its just a company, not a dictatorship killing families.

I dont like alot of what they do either. I think the iPod is ugly. I think the iPhone is ugly. I like OS X. I think they have too much egotisim, but I also understand from keeping up with them and Microsoft that it stems from being an underdog with (at one time) superior hardware. (g3/g4 back in the day). Its hard to understand how they came to where they are unless you used them since OS 5, but that doesnt mean even if you do understand, everything they do is good.

I feel they set most of their own image, but alot of zealots really push it down sharply with their own attitude about the platform and it makes the whole image suffer even further with alot of people.

In the end though, i think we are in a better place with Apple, than without them. Just as i think we are in a better place with AMD than without them. The size of the market share really is irrelevant when its enough to get the other side working harder to make their bottem line.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By DASQ on 1/5/2009 12:33:17 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Samus on 1/5/2009 6:38:55 PM , Rating: 3
It is my understanding that Jonathan Ive designed the iMac, iPod and iPhone. Jobs was the one that thought up all the early failures of Apple and is now the corporate monkey on a string.

Your timeline is jacked up. Job's 'left' Apple in the early 90's, only to come back in the mid-90's to introduce the iMac. The color options were his idea, and the style of the iMac ultimately led to their success. The iPod was stylistically and functionally Jobs' idea, but obviously had input from many great minds.

However, that said, I don't own a single Apple product and would rather not be associated with the Apple community.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Bateluer on 1/5/2009 11:00:09 AM , Rating: 5
Jobs has also had the balls to stand up to the RIAAs attempts to destroy iTunes and online distribution of music. A lesser man would have caved. Jobs is too stubborn to back down when he thinks he's right, regardless of whether he actually is or not.

That programmer hubris can work in one's favor sometimes.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like Jobs
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 4:58:03 PM , Rating: 1
Wow, you must know alot about him and personal insider info into Apple itself to make a statement like that.

Honestly do you think someone thats worked in the industry for probably longer than youve been alive and worked closely with one of the greatest techies of our time (Woz) didnt pick up a bit of programming along the way?

Obviously he inst a programmer, but i have my doubt about what you say being true, and I know for a fact you wouldn't know if it was anyway.

Its been cool to dislike the guy for years, but youre not really helping make any points for your "side" just like an Apple zealot isnt helping by being insane.

-Consumer of good products regardless of the brand.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/09, Rating: 0
RE: Sounds like Jobs
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 5:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
Woz, im sorry to say, hasn't been close with Steve for decades. So im sorry, your angry little opinion is far outdated. Irrelevant, and egotistic worthy of the most shiny and highly yelled Apple product.

There is a reason you got a -1.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/2009 5:29:03 PM , Rating: 1
There is a reason you got a -1.

Yea, cause people don't understand the rating system. If you believe that is an accurate depiction of a comment, you live in quite the world my friend.

You're so right, he totally just picked up programming while being the CEO of a company. Even though Bill Gates didn't even check the code of Windows for years towards the end, which he has been quoted as saying he had to work hard to get over that fact and he was a real programmer.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By robinthakur on 1/6/2009 5:26:32 AM , Rating: 2
You really are a douchebag with too much time on your hands. There's a difference between disliking Apple for their business decisions and knocking an ill Steve jobs for his candour, who even his detractors would agree has been highly influential to the way consumer technology has developed since the 80's. His influence on Apple, Pixar and the music industry has been massive and under his stewardship, Apple has become a force to be reckoned with once more.

Whilst i expected his 'open letter' to be drowned in smaltz and hubris, I eventually found cmyself admiring his dedication and felt sorry that people's constant speculation in the media forced someone who obviously values their privacy into writing a letter of this nature to protect the company stock price.

What have you ever done which anyone will remember? Your remarkably petty attitude stinks and that's why you get -1's. Whether the topic is Blu-rays or Apple, your opinions are consistently incorrect on facts and utterly pointless so do us all a favour and get lost until you grow up.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/6/2009 9:55:45 AM , Rating: 1
Your remarkably petty attitude stinks and that's why you get -1's. Whether the topic is Blu-rays or Apple, your opinions are consistently incorrect on facts and utterly pointless so do us all a favour and get lost until you grow up.

If you look, I randomly get rated 5 or -1 depending on what schmo is around. In one post above I stated Jobs never programmed, Woziak did, +5. Another, I reiterate this with proof, -1. Most of the things that get high rated on this site are short, sarcastic comments. Go through them and that is predominately the case.

Now, everyone loves to throw around him being so influential, would you actually show cause and effect for this? The arguments people use for this is like the arguments people use for miracles. Well, I prayed really hard and he got better, so it must have been the prayer. Of course the science behind it is always ignored for this to work.

An example would be the Jonathan Ive comment I made. He is credited with making all the things I stated, yet it gets rated -1. Why, because it includes facts? Or because it says Jobs helped produce many a flop in the beginning of the companies life and now he is a monkey? Apple Lisa-Failure and Jobs pet project. Macintosh-not started by Jobs, he merely took over part way through the project.

What I have been looking for to no avail is actual proof of something Jobs did that propelled this company into a financial boom. Now everything I see major to come out of Apple seems to be made and designed by someone else, be it Woziak or Ive in my other example. So far, I have seen him do nothing but be a corporate mascot, which would make him nothing more than a corporate monkey.

So rather than spout the usual cookie cutter crap about him being so great, how about you actually cite examples like normal people that argue do.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By amanojaku on 1/5/2009 10:11:37 AM , Rating: 3
Don't blame hubris on programmers; for every high-profile, egocentric out there there are thousands of nameless, unsung heroes who write code we use every day.

Besides, the entertainment industry is the true breeding ground of hubris: where else can a no-talent hack make millions, other than politics? Talk about an ego trip!

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Rodney McNaggerton on 1/5/2009 5:01:13 PM , Rating: 2
Haha I knew that they would only let the cat out of the bag once they knew what it was. He could still be lying now. There is still the possibility that his treatment is something more extensive than what's mentioned here, and so he needed to stay out of the spotlight for a bit.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Reclaimer77 on 1/6/2009 9:09:00 AM , Rating: 2
the world benefits from Jobs's ideas

What a crock.

HE benefits from his ideas.

Eat meat
By bobcpg on 1/5/2009 12:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy.

aka - I do not eat meat.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment.

aka - Eat meat.

RE: Eat meat
By Gzus666 on 1/5/2009 12:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
HA. So true, so true

RE: Eat meat
By DASQ on 1/5/2009 12:42:30 PM , Rating: 3
People don't get this.

Some vegetarians I know: "Why does this omnivorous body need so many supplements and replacements when I don't eat meat?!"

If God didn't want us to eat animals, then why did he make 'em so tasty?

RE: Eat meat
By Gzus666 on 1/5/2009 12:48:02 PM , Rating: 4
If Nature didn't want us to eat animals, then why did he make 'em so tasty?

Corrected that for you. To answer, maybe to give vegetarians a reason to feel so superior because they resisted the temptation?

RE: Eat meat
By DASQ on 1/5/2009 5:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
It was a quote from a show, I can't remember what it was, they were sitting in a church (I'm not religious, beyond pastafarianism).

And yeah, that's the only 'reason' I can think of. Smugmeat.

RE: Eat meat
By foolsgambit11 on 1/5/2009 7:50:16 PM , Rating: 1
Aw, corrected to an incorrect statement. Nature doesn't want anything. This personification of nature to replace the idea of a divine will is wrong, wrong, wrong. And, of course, how can you argue with somebody who says that "we weren't intended to eat meat" when we weren't intended to eat anything. Nature has no intention. The evidence is pretty clear that we are capable of surviving with an omnivorous diet, and that we are capable of surviving on an herbivorous diet. The choice belongs to each of us (well, those who can get meat - or food at all).

RE: Eat meat
By Gzus666 on 1/6/2009 9:57:10 AM , Rating: 2
It was a joke, relax.

RE: Eat meat
By Ammohunt on 1/5/2009 2:38:11 PM , Rating: 5
Q:What do you call a Vegitarian in the woods?


anyone seen this
By dumbotron on 1/5/2009 2:13:14 PM , Rating: 3
Here's a fun rant I went on after seeing the Apple commercials for the zillionth time and reading MSNBC's article about making the Zune player "cool" too...

- the jist is:

If Apple is so "cool", why are their computers, Ipods, Iphones, etc designed on PC's running Windows?

The only problem with Apple is that you can't use a Mac to totally design an IPhone, an ITouch, even a new laptop Mac - there's no real, mature EDA or for that matter, many CAD tools in general for either a Mac or any of the BSD's/Linux-GPL OS's.

Believe me, we've looked.... I mentioned this to a higher up at Apple, their response was as they get more market penetration, hopefully the EDA/CAD vendors will begin porting to OS X ... but they (the CAD vendors) have enough problems getting the bugs out of their Winblows code and adding features to justify their insane yearly maintenance fees....

Which brings up the point of mature; when I mean mature I mean CAD, CAM, and EDA tools that have been tested by thousands and thousands of users over many years/versions, so that when I run a Design Rule Check (DRC), or actually cut a $40,000 tool steel mold, I can be reasonably sure my NRE charges won't be toast. As mentioned above, it's enough of a gamble using the existing code base.

Unfortunately, Apple has always been a bit left brained, with things like cool graphics for nice looking art or commodity office apps, than it has for any real world applications like, oh say actually designing and fabricating a Mac.... Reminds me of the day when Intel used to have all those cool Pentium commercials filled with intense (for the day) video graphics saying how great their processor was for the emerging multimedia market - when in fact, most of those commercials were done using Silicon Graphics stations running IRIX....

The left brain is a fantastic part of human neurobiology, all artsy-fartsy, it's just that the right brain needs tools to actually build what the left side thinks up.

My guess is some of designers for the parts of the IPhones, Itouch, and I know for sure Mac PC's have used suites like ORCAD/Cadence/Allegro, Altium/Protel, PADS, Mentor, and other EDA tools for things like fully DRC'd schematics, PCB layouts, SPICE sims for analog and power supplies (probably a lot of LT or Nat Semi freeware) in addition to either Altera's or Xilinx's FPGA/prog logic tools for VHDL and Verilog with their respective simulation and synthesis suites only available for Windows PC's. Let alone any RF designs and simulations...

Now some of it may have been done on older legacy hi-$$$ unix platforms.

And the same holds true for the solid modeling/mechanical design as well.

I'm sure there's a lot of parts in that keyboard you have on your MAc that were designed using Pro-E, Solidworks or the like for mechanical designs. I'm sure most of the FEA and actual toolpaths used to actually make the molds for the plastic parts was either MasterCAM, Visual Mill, or similar as well as mold flow analysis tools again, only coded for PC's running Windows. Hell, for years (may still be true) Solidworks would only really run well on an Intel-based processor, with AMD variants having issues with some of Solidworks low-level OS calls...

The reason we've been looking, besides the obvious dealing with MS, is that majority of my real coders (guys with years and years of experience that actually can code and understand low-level calls as well as OS's) use mostly Linux, since a lot of the uC's and uP's have GCC ports and these guys have years of proven, debugged libraries of routines for various I/O tasks, etc. We've been looking for a decent xNIX-based EDA tool, just so they can send me basic schematic info on how they want stuff connected. There are some gEDA and KiCAD, but they lack a lot of the features the other mid-priced tools do, as well as the compatibility for me to import their work into my tool chain.

Say you want to use an Analog Device part for the RF section of the IPhone, or say you want to design a small switching power supply for the next Nano using Linear Tech parts.

Sorry, gots to use Windows - - AD and LT's simulation suites for their parts only run in Windows; much faster on a native WIN/PC box than trying to use a Mac in PC emulation... and some, due to their use of WINTEL oriented ASM calls to MMI/SiMD hardware functions, won't even run...and again the issue of getting a reliable design is a major factor (I don't like turning really expensive keychains).

The one thing Apple had going for it for years was the PowerPC core with its linear address space, unlike the PC, crippled with it's paged memory scheme inherited from years of limited resources and the ancient MS DOS systems. One of my old timer engineers (actually was one of the pioneers of the wireless mic industry at Vega Wireless) told me there's a guy somewhere in CA that everyone should go have a word with due to him being responsible for that mess.

And speaking of the wireless guy (he now does some of the best analog designs for mil applications for D.C. based companies) he mentioned a few war stories to me about his days at the forefront of Vega. One was the story of how a certain guy won some sort of award for using their products for Romancing the Stone. He mentioned after the award, everyone in the major motion picture industry was clamoring for those units.

He wondered why, since it was not the best things they made.... so he finally hooks up with the sound guy that won it, and asked him why he used it. His answer - "I knew after the waterfall scene that I'd never see the mic again, so I looked in my locker and found the unit that I'd miss the least"

..... gotta watch that left brain thing....

And speaking of left brained ideas for Iphone-like things:

What I'd want is a web enabled phone, but one that uses any surface (sheet of paper, light colored table top) as a projected, touch area work surface. The phone would have little pull out legs on the side; you simply lay it on its side and a tiny LED driven DLP or similar projector projects the app/web browser onto to the surface, adjusting for the trapezoidal. Use something, maybe a small imager and possibly infrared LED source, to track finger movement.

Those little screens suck after a while - and I already look at enough small things (I know...) during the day ...

RE: anyone seen this
By inighthawki on 1/5/2009 5:15:29 PM , Rating: 3
I'm hoping this is your website?

Otherwise a small citation is in order...

By Fenixgoon on 1/5/2009 10:25:25 AM , Rating: 2
People are so damn stupid. Just leave the man the hell alone. I guess part of it comes with being the source of the Jobs RDF though.

By foolsgambit11 on 1/5/2009 7:55:48 PM , Rating: 2
Well... he should have distributed his medical records. And this should have been a video letter, so we can see he's alive and well. I mean, Castro still writes letters. Bin Laden still writes letters. And people wonder if they're alive. (Not to compare Jobs to Castro of Bin Laden ideologically... well, they may have some leadership qualities in common....)

By KingConker on 1/5/2009 12:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe he could test it on Wozniak - he could do with losing a kilo or two?

By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 5:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. iSlim. Cute. Comes as a shiny peice of broccoli.

I don't get it.
By Nikuman on 1/5/2009 11:06:13 AM , Rating: 1
So does this mean that the iPhone will soon have Copy/Paste or not?

RE: I don't get it.
By amanojaku on 1/5/2009 1:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
Now that the developers have made a multi-button mouse they are working on cut-and-paste for the iPhone. Look for it in 20 years.

Apple Messiah.
By Mitch101 on 1/5/2009 11:05:08 AM , Rating: 2
Didn't anyone tell Steve you cant become a true messiah until you have died and come back? But then Apple computer kind of died and came back when Steve left and came back? Hmmmm.

So, Gizmodo was right?
By Oakley516 on 1/5/2009 11:23:41 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently Gizmodo was correct when they said Steve pulled out of Macworld due to his health.

Why would Apple lie to their customers/investors about this by denying it? Very strange.

so, do we believe it?
By anotherdude on 1/5/2009 3:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
We already know Steve and Apple have been less than forthcoming about this and now we have an explanation - yes, ill, but thankfully an easy fix. A hormone glitch that is easy to correct but will take months to bear fruit. Hmmm. . .

I'm not saying they would make that explanation up out of thin air but I find their glib confidence about a complete recovery from this vaguely explained hormone deficiency rather difficult to accept. Not being an MD I have only my layman's intuition to go on so of course that's not very helpful - any MDs around here?

Dear Steve Jobs,
By MrBlastman on 1/5/2009 11:20:56 AM , Rating: 1
Dear Steve Jobs,
It has been a great concern of mine some time now regarding the state of your health. For years now, it has been apparent to me, along with many others in the public community, that you do, indeed - even though you deny it, possess an affliction that is quite dire indeed. After all, denial is the first trait of this affliction and unfortunately, I am writing this today to give you both a diagnosis and a prognosis of your condition.

Steve (may I call you Steve? Yes? Thank you), I must say that your letter to the community was touching. It struck a chord in my hubris that rang loudly within. Something I can identify with; something, we all should, perhaps, strive to identify with - as you so lead by example showing us all. Steve, your sincerity - or lack of, thereafter throughout every presentation you make, leads me to the following set of words.

I diagnose you with a double condition of sorts if I may: One of both egocentrism and insanity. I must be mad, I am sure you are saying to yourself right now. I could not rightly come to such a conclusion due to your astonishing performance in the retail marketplace. Sadly though, I have. I will set forth a two part proof of these claims.

Your egocentrism is quite apparent through your lack of emotion towards the consumers demands. What about the lack of copy and paste? Where is it? We don't need it, you say to yourself every day as your ride the elevator towards the top. What about the delete key on the apple keyboard - egads! It has one - it says delete. However, it is meerly a ploy towards backspacism with no indelible counterpart to strike first, rather than last. No, this would be too easy to include but - we don't need it. What about a second mouse button? For years you did not bend on this and we were stuck with a single trowel to do our digging. We were forced to garden with, egads, more creative measures! I suppose we should get on our knees and praise you for that one as you did, indeed, increase our creativity by requiring us to work with less; less you you deemed, once again, we do not need.

Your insanity Steve, is, self-explanatory. Your refusal to identify with the malady is case-in-point evidence to your affliction. The first step towards sanity is realizing your insanity, which clearly you do deny. Until you grapple with this demon, I sorely predict your lengthy journey towards egocentrism to continue. This, I am sorry to say, comes with tears of great sadness Steve. Come to terms with your condition! Please!

This leads me to your prognosis, which, is not so good but has a slight amount of hope enclosed in its shrouded envelope. I worry Steve, that if you continue down this way, you will continue with this "more with less" creative philosophy and begin modifications to improve upon this concept. Modifications that some of us might find ineffective. I'm talking about your fingers Steve. After all, who needs five when they can make do with four? With four they can keep score, but not as well as trying to pee with three. Two my friend, well, helps you poo but one, one is as good as getting the job done. By reducing your tools Steve, you will take yourself to the next creative plateau!

This prognosis, as I mentioned, did have one inkling of hope and I dare not hide from you the reward. Steve, with this descent into creativity, I find that your problem will solve itself. There will not be much left of you when you are done, though I find myself having to creatively think about how you might accomplish your ultimate goal of minimalism... on your own self.

- A. Consumer

He sounds very "IBM" in his letter.
By iFX on 1/5/2009 7:43:32 PM , Rating: 1

Um great...
By dj LiTh on 1/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Um great...
By PAPutzback on 1/5/2009 10:21:20 AM , Rating: 5
No Kidding. I find it pretty sad that so many people have these two guys or an celebrity on some god like pedestal. Oh no John Travolta's son died. Yes it is sad but why does it seem more important than the dozen of infants that died they day before or 20 soldiers that died in a suicide attack in Iraq. These people really have a sad imbalance.

RE: Um great...
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 4:39:45 PM , Rating: 2
Those are sad as well. Sad in a way I can, as a human, feel for them, or relate in some way that has to do with my personal experiences with illness or death. The reason why you don't see alot of blogs/articles about deaths or illnesses in iraq here is because this is Daily Tech.

If Bill Gates or any other huge icon in the tech industry suddenly fell ill, i would be surprised not hearing about it here. It really does have to do with tech, like them or dislike them.

RE: Um great...
By inighthawki on 1/5/2009 5:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
I don't believe the poster really made any regard to being specifically something about dailytech. What he's trying to say is, if gates or jobs fell ill or died, everyone would suddenly care so much and "omg thats terrible", but if someone died in iraq (or something else), then nobody would seem to care. Point being, people idolize them too much compared to the mass amounts of death and poverty around the world. Instead of caring so much about the death or illness of your favorite sports athlete or company ceo, try to feel sorry for the 20 people in iraq that died in that suicide bombing.

RE: Um great...
By Gzus666 on 1/5/2009 5:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
Instead of caring so much about the death or illness of your favorite sports athlete or company ceo, try to feel sorry for the 20 people in iraq that died in that suicide bombing.

Unfortunately, feelings and emotions aren't something you can force. If they don't really care, then that is how they feel. They could fake it if that would make you happy, but I have a feeling that is not what you are after. Telling other people how they should feel is rather pretentious of anyone.

They idolize these people most of the time because they feel they did something great and are deserving of it. Chances are the people who die all the time were of no real interest, otherwise someone would have probably latched on to their story and exploited it.

RE: Um great...
By inighthawki on 1/5/2009 5:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say i agreed with what he said, only clarified (mostly on how it had nothing to do with dailytech). I completely understand what you're saying and can't agree more, tbh.

RE: Um great...
By overlandpark4me on 1/6/2009 6:32:39 PM , Rating: 3
That's because they live their lives through people like Travolta. When I see people on the news sobbing uncontrollably when their star of choice dies, you know who has the problem. These people need to get a life. Amy Wine whore is a prime example. People celebrate her drug use and enable her drug habit by buying her products.Ever see Amy live on Youtube? Think James Dean at the end of Giant. When we find Amy dead in a gutter, I'm sure I"ll hear of a couple suicides resulting from her death.

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