Was it Right of RMS to Take a Pop at a Dead Steve Jobs?

Richard Matthew Stallman is the President of the Free Software Foundation. He is a well-known champion of software freedom. He shaped some of the popular open-source software licenses that we conveniently enjoy today. It would have been a bad world out there without his determinations, and we owe him that much. However, no matter how great some men are, it is not noble of them to make pejorative remarks about other great people, people whom the world holds in high esteems, especially on the event of their passing away.
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If Richard Stallman changed the world of free software,  Steve Jobs  transformed the world of personal computers and computing devices. His efforts with the PC business was so groundbreaking, it threatened giants like IBM back in 1979. From those early days, Apple has come a long way and created some of the most innovative products we find around us today.

If you ask me personally, I am torn between two worlds here. I respect Steve Jobs for everything that he did, and RMS is the very face of everything I believe in. His exact statement was,

Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died.

As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, “I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone.” Nobody deserves to have to die – not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. However, we all deserve the end of Jobs’ malign influence on people’s computing.

Unfortunately, that influence continues despite his absence. We can only hope his successors, as they attempt to carry on his legacy, will be less effective.

At the risk of sounding defensive, I may cite here that “I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone” were not his own words. However, Stallman reveled in the death of Steve Jobs, and that was wrong of him. Nothing good will come out of this. It seems like an act of desperation, one that has brought shame to the world of FOSS.

Steve Jobs Agreed to Biography So His Children Could Know Him Better

Last year, it was  revealed  that  Time  magazine’s managing editor Walter Isaacson was working on the first authorized biography of Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. The release date was set for early 2012 under the title iSteve: The Book of Jobs, but last month the  title to was changed to Steve Jobs, with publication date set for March 6, 2012. Then, two months ago, it was reported that the release date was preponed to November 21st. Now, the date has been moved up to October 24th.

Reuters reveals that just a few weeks before his death,  Steve Jobs revealed in an interview that he agreed to an authorized biography on his life so that his children could know why he wasn’t always there for them. Jobs revealed this during a conversation with Walter Isaacson, the author of his biography, weeks ago at his home in Palo Alto, California. According to the report,  Jobs was in pain and too weak to climb stairs. The author revealed that Jobs was curled up and in pain in  a downstairs bedroom as he was too weak to climb stairs, though his mind was “still sharp and his humor vibrant.”

“I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did,” Jobs said of his children to Isaacson. More details of Isaacson’s last visit to Jobs’s house will be available in an upcoming Time magazine article.

Isaacson is  Pulitzer Prize nominee, who has previously written biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.  The book is currently available for preorder from Amazon in both  hardcover  and a digital  Kindle edition. In addition, the biography will also be available through Apple’s iBooks store.

So sad. :(

Best Steve Jobs Tributes Through Images

A legend and a great inventor succumbed to a long ailing disease yesterday. However, Steve Jobs is someone who will always remain in the hearts and souls of billions of people all across the world. I for one am very sad about the fact that someone of such great caliber had to die so young.

RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs had so many more things to accomplish, alas, God had other plans and wanted him to be part of heaven to change the game up there.

Also Read: How the Industry Reacted to Steve Jobs Death | Tribute to Steve Jobs the Man Who Revolutionized Technology

There has been so many messages pouring in all across the world. However, here are some images which personify Steve Jobs from his fans and others who loved this great visionary.

Steve Jobs Apple Logo by Jonathan Mak

The best tribute to Steve Jobs came from Jonathan Mak, a 19 year old designer living in Hong Kong. The image above depicts what Steve was all about. More at Jonathan’s website.

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The above image is a created by Charis Tsevis who is a visual designer by profession. Charis used the products created or launched by Steve Jobs to create wonderful collage which depicts Steve Jobs face. I really respect Charis for coming up with such a wonderful tribute.

Steve Jobs Heaven App for That

The image above has been doing the rounds of and . Though it is a cartoon, it aptly suggests that Steve Jobs will continue innovating wherever he is.

Steve Jobs Irreplaceable

Steve Jobs is definitely irreplaceable and this eCard from Some eCards definitely sums it up.

I’ll add more image tributes to this post when I come across them. Do feel free to share your own tributes to this great man.

Dear Steve, you will be dearly missed. R.I.P.

Updates:

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The above picture is no ordinary image. It was created by @twitter and is made up of tweets sent over 4.5 hours on the evening of October 5, 2011, the day the legend died. The tweets are from the hashtag #thankyousteve and are ordered based on the number of RTs it got. The original image can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/34178660@N03/6219082960.

How the Industry Reacted to Steve Jobs Death

The world  mourns  to the news of the death of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. In a tribute to the technology entrepreneur, millions of people and thousands of celebrities reacted by updating their blogs, changing their computer’s wallpaper to Steve Jobs photo, and an overflowing number of updates on the micro-blog Twitter.

Here are some of the reactions and comments of people like President Obama, Bill Gates, Larry Page, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Andy Hertzfeld, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and many other –

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin“From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than  Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the mac book I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.”

Google co-founder, Larry Page

Larry Page“I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.”

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

“Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He uniquely combined an artist’s vision to build an extraordinaryEric Schmidt company…one of the greatest American leaders in history.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”

Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates

“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Bill GatesSteve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen

“My condolences to Steve Jobs’ family and friends. We’ve lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn’t help but be encouraged by how he persevered.”

Steve Wozniak

I’m just totally awestruck, a bit shocked, a bit surprised,

Dell CEO Michael Dell

Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come.”

Samsung Electronics CEO Choi Gee-sung

Geesung Choi “Samsung Electronics is saddened to hear of Chairman Steve Jobs’ passing and would like to extend our deepest condolences.

Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur.

His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world. We would like to again express our sincerest condolences to Mr. Jobs’ family and his colleagues.”

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo

“Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement.”

Andy Hertzfeld, Macintosh Team

“Steve Jobs was my friend and hero for over thirty years. The Apple II changed my life before I met him, and working closely with him to create the original Macintosh was the high point of my career, if not my entire life. Steve was more than the greatest business person of his generation; he was a passionate artist who poured his soul into his work. I will miss him terribly, even though he will live on in Apple products for many years to come.”

Ronald Wayne, co-founder Apple Computer Company

“Steve was one of a kind, and will truly be missed.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Team,

Tim CookI have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email [email protected]

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Tim

President Obama

“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

President Barack ObamaBy building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And 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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”

As a tribute, we at Techie Buzz  presented  some of Steve Jobs best speech moments videos. Don’t forget to share the post with your friends and pay  tribute  to the great icon.

Tribute to Steve Jobs – the Man Who Revolutionized Technology

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

These were the words said by Steve Jobs in a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. Steve Jobs surely is a great man and Apple’s visionary and creative genius, and also the world’s amazing human being. He was not just an ordinary entrepreneur. He transformed the worlds of personal computing, revolutionized technology and changed the world entirely.

Apple in a statement said, “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve,

Sure the world is better today, at least in the world of technology. From what we saw in the iPhone 4S announcement by Tim Cook, made us realize what a true and original individual Jobs was. Jobs had his own ways of presenting Apple products, and even managed to handle things aptly when something went wrong.

Steve Jobs Dies At 56

Apple employee Cory Moll holds an iPad with its screen showing a message in memory of Apple founder Steve Jobs

Credit: Reuters

As people across the world learn that the great icon, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs is no more, and as a tribute, we at Techie Buzz would like to present some of Steve Jobs best speech moments videos –

Steve likes to say boom to insist on how fast his software can react.

Steve’s favorite expressions, including Un-be-lievable, Wouldn’t it be great, and many more…

Steve Jobs at the 1997 WWDC. This is the question that contains an insult based on a question asked by someone else about 45 minutes earlier.

Steve Jobs funniest joke was said at the D5 conference. ‘Apple is like a ship with a hole in the bottom, leaking water and my job is to get the ship pointed in the right direction’.

Steve Jobs is talking about the company at macworld expo 1997.

As he tries to show off features of the new iPhone 4, Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ Wi-Fi connection fails twice, bringing his World Wide Developers Conference keynote to an uncomfortable standstill.

Interview with Steve Jobs (1994) about the creation of the Apple Macintosh.

Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness that Apple has reported Steve Jobs has passed away.

In a brief and concise statement, Apple’s board of directors provided a statement;

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

The Apple homepage has changed, in memory of the late visionary, Steve Jobs.  It is a sad day for all.

Steve Jobs Contacted Samsung in 2010 to Resolve Apple Patent Dispute

Apple vs. Samsung

As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. According to a new report from Bloomberg today, reveals that Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies, Apple attorneys told an Australian court this week. However, Jobs was no longer involved once the actual talks over Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone began.

This effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung. Since April, Apple has accused Samsung of copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung fired back with its own lawsuits, which caused the two companies to be involved in lawsuits that spread across four continents.  Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung agreed to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction is being considered by the court.

“Samsung is an important supplier with whom we have a deep relationship,” Apple patent attorney, Richard Lutton, reportedly said in court on Thursday. “We wanted to give them a chance to do the right thing.”

Clearly, Samsung isn’t copying Apple.

Fortune Releases New Kindle-exclusive eBook on the Rise of Steve Jobs

Last year, it was revealed that an authorized Steve Jobs biography would be released. Yesterday, Fortune magazine released “All About Steve: The Story of Steve Jobs and Apple from the page of Fortune”. It is an eBook that is available exclusively from Amazon’s Kindle store.

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In addition, the eBook can also be read on an iPhone or iPad using Amazon’s Kindle application. The eBook contains 17 stories spanning thirty years of reporting on Steve Jobs, who  Fortune  named CEO of the decade in 2009. The stories are compiled from reporting  by the magazine’s editors and reporters. They offer an in-depth  look at how Jobs helped Apple change the computing industry.

The book lays out the history of  Apple from its entry as a PC market leader to the creation of the iPod, iTunes, iPhone and the Apple Store. Also, the book offers highlights from  an exclusive interview with Jobs from 2008, as well as Bill Gates and Jobs’ conversation with Fortune from 1991 on the future of computing.

Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer describes the book as a  a “singular journalistic collection” of stories that offer a comprehensive picture of Jobs and his impact on Apple.

The eBook is available for download on the Kindle Store for $10.99.

Why Tim Cook is the Right Man to Follow Steve Jobs [Editorial]

Unless you are living under a rock, then you probably already know about the biggest news story of the year. On Wednesday afternoon Copertino time, Apple announced that Steve Jobs had stepped down from his position as CEO of the company. He was immediately elected the Chairman of the Board, and remains an employee of Apple. Many news outlets, both in and out of the world of technology, immediately began speculating about the future of Apple.

There is no reason to ignore what Jobs did at Apple. He almost single handedly saved the company from certain doom in the late 90s. Many believed that Apple has never going to come back from their product failures in the early part of that decade, but he introduced a series of products that changes technology as we know it. Through it all, however, he has had one man by his side: Tim Cook.

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The other side of Apple’s announcement on Wednesday was the naming of their new CEO. That person is former COO Tim Cook, who was hand picked by Jobs to take the reins following his departure. Cook, who first joined Apple as a senior VP following Jobs’ return to the company in 1998, has acted as the head of the company across all of Jobs’ lengthy medical leaves in the past.

I know that many people are questioning why Jobs picked this former IBM and Compaq guy as his successor. They have wondered why the new CEO isn’t Johnny Ives, the Senior VP of Industrial Design, or Scott Forstall, the Senior VP of iOS Software. That reason is simple, when you think about it. Steve wanted it to be Cook.

Salesforce Chief Gifted Steve Jobs “App Store” Trademark

During an interview with Bloomberg this week, Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff revealed that on multiple occasions he asked Steve Jobs for professional guidance, specifically recounting a particular event from 2003 when he took members of his executive team to see Apple’s leader. During the meeting, the feedback Benioff received motivated him to focus on building an ecosystem for Salesforce’s “fantastic enterprise application,” which is how Steve Jobs described it.

In fact, the “ecosystem” became an app store itself known as the Salesforce App Exchange. However, beforehand the creators had originally registered the “App Store” URL and trademarked the phrase, but later on decided to call the product App Exchange instead.

During the 2008 keynote when Jobs introduced the App Store, Benioff was in the audience. At the end of the keynote, he walked up to Jobs and told him: I’m gonna [sic] give you the trademark and the URL because of the help you gave me in 2003″ as a token of appreciation. In addition, Benioff also said that Steve Jobs has given him more advice than just about anybody.

He has probably given me more help and more advice than just about anybody,”

“And when I get in trouble and I kinda [sic] get lost in my own vision, I’ve been fortunate to be able to go and see him and he’s been willing to show me the future a couple times.

When asked about Apple’s future without Steve Jobs, he said he believes the company can stay on top    for quite some timeeven after losing the best CEO in the world,which is what Benioff considers Jobs to be.