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Jobs passed away one year ago today from complications with pancreatic cancer

Today marks one year since Apple's former CEO Steve Jobs died, and the tech company is paying tribute to its late leader on the Apple homepage.

When visiting the Apple website today, a video automatically appears instead of the usual product tabs for shopping. The video, which is nearly two minutes long, is a montage of Jobs from his early days at Apple to his later years.

The video highlights some of Apple's largest moments with Jobs, such as the unveiling of major products like the iMac, the iPod and the iPhone. Along with soft cello playing in the background are quotes from Jobs over the years.

At the end of the video, a message from current Apple CEO Tim Cook appears:

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.
 
One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.
 
I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.
 
- Tim

Jobs died from complications with pancreatic cancer one year ago today at the age of 56. Just previous to that, in August 2011, Jobs had stepped down from his position as Apple CEO. Cook stepped in as his successor.

Source: Apple



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RE: Owell
By retrospooty on 10/5/2012 2:54:28 PM , Rating: 1
"Steve Jobs is a man of bipolar opposites. Apple fanboys and Tony Swash worship him as holier than God."

Because they didn't know him. people that knew him avoided him becasue he was that much of an intense monster. LOL


RE: Owell
By guffwd13 on 10/5/2012 3:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
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Because they didn't know him. people that knew him avoided him becasue he was that much of an intense monster.


I would like to know from what first hand experience you are getting this information. He was like every other CEO and cop on the planet. If you're reading stuff off of tech sites or word of mouth from people you barely know then you need to know you should be taking it with a grain of salt because everyone sensationalizes everything.

As much as I hate the personality of CEOs and cops - those personalities are necessary because it they are the right ones for the job. Are all of the like that, or just all of the good ones? No. There's a different style for everyone and there are exceptions to the rule. Being an a$$hole to your employees sucks for you and them, but if lighting a fire under their butts is what it takes to get the job done, then so be it.

People who knew him best admired him because they knew the real him and how much he drive he felt to provide to the world everything he could (good or bad, aiming to be good). He was never at peace because each next thing was never enough.

Was he a douche? Yes. But you should have seen how passionate he was one on one outside of that work setting. He could talk for hours about ideas, the world and philosophy and music (music especially!) he would listen to anything you had to say. The more exciting you were, the more excited he got. And he never hesitated to dish out compliments.

He developed a reputation. A deserved one. But that's not all he was. And like Apple or not, its products or not, what you know of him or not, the world lost someone who had vision and could get many others to see that vision. As someone else pointed out, Hitler, Napoleon, Osama bin Laden were just like that. But then again so were Washington, William Wallace, and Lenin. I for one am glad he was more like the latter than the former. But unlike any of them, no one ended up dead in his path.

He was a person and he was more of a person than most people will ever meet in their lives, much less become. I count myself extremely lucky in that regard.


RE: Owell
By retrospooty on 10/5/2012 3:32:13 PM , Rating: 2
"I would like to know from what first hand experience you are getting this information. He was like every other CEO and cop on the planet. If you're reading stuff off of tech sites or word of mouth from people you barely know "

No, I have 2 good friends that worked at Apple. 1 is still there. I very much trust their opinions and they arent sensationalizing anything. As I said in my other post "People would purposely take the stairs if they saw him heading for the elevator, and wouldn't dare look him in the eye for fear of him speaking to them, because he would regularly scream at people in the halls for absolutely no reason."

He even told me he was warned to avoid Steve if he sees him for those very reason. Keep in mind this was somewhere around 2005-2006ish


RE: Owell
By ritualm on 10/5/2012 3:42:31 PM , Rating: 3
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And like Apple or not, its products or not, what you know of him or not, the world lost someone who had vision and could get many others to see that vision.

Wired had a brilliant punchline on their article over the legacy of Steve Jobs. Paraphrasing here, and I completely forgot the middle part:

"He was a Buddhist and a tyrant. ... He is a model to some, and a cautionary tale to others."

Jobs is very much like a typical Shakespeare protagonist: an unique personality marred by an Achilles' Heel.
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I would like to know from what first hand experience you are getting this information. He was like every other CEO and cop on the planet.

Reason why you don't know the true Steve Jobs. If you do, you would stay far away from him as soon as possible, as if he's the Fourth Horseman of Doom.


RE: Owell
By TakinYourPoints on 10/5/2012 4:54:13 PM , Rating: 2
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As much as I hate the personality of CEOs and cops - those personalities are necessary because it they are the right ones for the job. Are all of the like that, or just all of the good ones? No. There's a different style for everyone and there are exceptions to the rule. Being an a$$hole to your employees sucks for you and them, but if lighting a fire under their butts is what it takes to get the job done, then so be it.


I work in the film business. I've heard more than my share of stories about people like David Fincher and James Cameron. Hell, I was around Cameron a fair amount in the 90s. These people are highly demanding at work and not the nicest people in the world, but they're also very good at their jobs and push people to deliver beyond what they normally would.

I'm not saying that being mean is a requirement for doing good, but sometimes delivering great work means no compromise.

I can separate between the person and the work, but not everyone can.

The worst situation is someone who is a tyrant but has zero taste or talent, those are the ones who are truly awful.


RE: Owell
By retrospooty on 10/5/2012 5:21:46 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. At least Jobs had taste and talent. He was a tasteful, talented, lying asshole.


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