Steve Jobs remembrances roll forth

Last night’s news of Steve Jobs’ death has produced a bunch of tributes of various types. For a straightforward obituary, one could do worse than the WSJ’s fine write-up. More interesting, if you’re already familiar with the outlines of Jobs’ career, is this more personal recollection from the Journal’s Walt Mossberg, who shared a friendship with Jobs over the years.

Along somewhat similar lines, you’ll want to read the regrets of the Gizmodo editor who snagged the prototype iPhone 4 and ended up enmeshed in conflict with Apple. Contrary to expectations, perhaps, Mr. Jobs comes out of that tale looking pretty decent.

Of course, there’s also a note from our own Mac blogger, Jason Fox.

Another person in an interesting position to comment on Jobs’ impact is former Apple CEO John Sculley, who famously helped oust Jobs from Apple and now says Jobs was "far more" than "the greatest CEO ever." In that vein, Cyril pointed out this video in which Jobs kind of outlines his plan for Apple before returning to the CEO position.

There’s much more, of course, but we haven’t had a chance to comb through it all just yet. If you see something else of note, feel free to post in the comments below.

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    • albundy
    • 11 years ago

    My iPhone just dropped a call, but maybe it was just having a moment of silence.

    • PetMiceRnice
    • 11 years ago

    Except for one thing, the amount of computer market share Apple has versus the PC.

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    Plus he wasn’t as much of a scam.

    • cynan
    • 11 years ago

    From the article: “He made people believe his reality was the one they desired.”

    If that’s not the nicest way I’ve ever heard the infamous RDF described, I don’t know what is.

    • anotherengineer
    • 11 years ago

    You’re telling me.

    He is getting more remembrances than Mother Teresa got, but then again she wasn’t as prolific on the internets.

    • PeterD
    • 11 years ago

    I think people forget that Bill Gates had charisma too during a certain period.
    But it got lost.
    MS made too much enemies: people from companies who were destroyed by MS, people who liked other companies’ products… Lots of people got the feeling they were pressed to use MS’s products.
    For a long time the feeling was they had to use MS, but that MS also nevertheless brought a certain quality.
    And then came Vista… That was the moment MS lost all faith it had left.
    Apple, however, succeeded in never loosing the faith it inherited from the 80’s. Let’s call it “the magic”, for convenience. It was a mixture of the belief that computers were a good thing, that something new had arrived which would make the world better. That something was there which would bring us to a new utopia.
    The whole IT business had that during the 80’s and far into the 90’s.
    That feeling dwindled away.
    Except at Apple.

    • bcronce
    • 11 years ago

    I think people tend to remember the good things about a person when that person dies.

    Kind of like how a person ‘thinks back” about how they enjoyed raising their kids, even though they may have hated it at the time.

    • dpaus
    • 11 years ago

    [url=<]Here[/url<] is one of the more honest and insightful ones I've come across.

    • Silus
    • 11 years ago

    RIP Steve Jobs

    I don’t get the so called “regrets” from the Gizmodo guy. He seems to want to paint Steve Jobs as someone “beautiful and lovely”, just because he died ? Why didn’t he publish this before ? It would certainly make Apple look much better than it did when all that mess happened. The only one regretting anything should be the sales guy that lost it. Who takes a prototype of _anything_ to a bar ??
    The story itself mentions quite clearly that Jobs wasn’t happy about how things were going, because “he wasn’t getting what he wanted” and the Gizmodo guy considers that somehow normal. I don’t think that I’m not going out on a limb when I say that if someone other than Jobs acted like that (as a spoiled kid for not getting what he wanted), the Gizmodo guy would criticize him or her to high heaven.

    Anyway…People are what they are and when they die, they are not better or worse than what they were in life. Steve Jobs was very important for Apple’s success and influential in the tech sector, there’s no question about that. But it was also under his wing, that Apple became what it is today in regards to handling competition, where it simply resorts to legal fights, to ban the competition from existence, sometimes without even wanting to make an agreement. That, is not a good thing and as CEO Steve Jobs was largely responsible for it.

    Then there’s the other guy, the one who helped oust Jobs in the past, that now says he was more than the greatest CEO ever. It’s just the typical way for people to paint some public figure in a good light, after their death, regardless of it being true or not. I just find that very hypocritical…

    • dashbarron
    • 11 years ago

    Articles like the Mossberg one are always really interesting. Personal perspectives and opinion pieces from people who knew the source.

    He changed things, no doubt about that.

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