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Tweet­ing ’bout Steve Jobs.

WHETHER you own an Ap­ple prod­uct or not, chances are Steve Jobs would still have in­flu­enced your life one way or an­other. Af­ter all, this was the man who not only took com­put­ers out of com­puter labs and put them in our homes, pi­o­neer­ing per­sonal com­put­ing in the process, he also rev­o­lu­tionised the smart phone, the mp3 player, and the por­ta­ble tablet.

As if that wasn’t enough, as co-founder of Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios, Jobs also helped brighten our lives with bril­liant movies from the stu­dio like Toy Story and Find­ing Nemo, and also changed the way Hol­ly­wood uses com­put­ers in movies these days.

Al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter news of Jobs’ death broke (early yes­ter­day morn­ing, Malaysian time), Twit­ter time­lines all over the world went wild with the news. There was an out­pour­ing of tweets about Jobs, rang­ing from mes­sages of con­do­lences, tributes, and twits rem­i­nisc­ing about Ap­ple prod­ucts, and his great­est quotes.

At the time of writ­ing, four of the top 10 trend­ing top­ics on Twit­ter were about him – “RIP Steve Jobs”, “#ThankY­ouSteve”, “Ap­ple II” and the bril­liant and poignant “#iSad”.

Among the no­table per­son­al­i­ties who tweeted about Jobs were fel­low vi­sion­ary and founder of Mi­crosoft, Bill Gates (@Bill­Gates), who tweeted: “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an in­sanely great honor. I will miss Steve im­mensely.” Oth­ers in­clude: Ac­tress Milla Jovovich (@Mil­laJovovich): He was truly one of the most pro­lific artists and for­ward think­ing peo­ple the world has ever known. My prayers and heart goes out to his fam­ily and those lucky enough to have known him.

Writer Neil Gaiman (@neil­him­self): later pro­vide the tech­no­log­i­cal un­der­pin­nings for Ap­ple ma­chines.

In 1986, Jobs bought Ge­orge Lu­cas’s com­puter-graph­ics shop for US$10mil and re­named it Pixar. The stu­dio’s first fea­ture film Toy Story was the top-gross­ing film of 1995, and kicked off an un­bro­ken string of hits. (Walt Dis­ney Co bought Pixar in 2006 for US$8.06bil and gave Jobs a seat on the com­pany’s board. He be­came Dis­ney’s largest share­holder.)

Close to clos­ing

Jobs’ ab­sence from Ap­ple co­in­cided with the as­cen­dance of Bill Gates and Mi­crosoft Corp, de­vel­oper of a graph­ics-driven op­er­at­ing sys­tem of its own called Win­dows. Ap­ple filed, and even­tu­ally lost, a law­suit against Mi­crosoft, ar­gu­ing that Win­dows was a Mac knock­off.

When Jobs got wind of Mi­crosoft’s plans for what would be­come Win­dows, he screamed at Gates about rip­ping Ap­ple off, ac­cord­ing to a 1983 es­say by Andy Hertzfeld, the Mac’s chief soft­ware de­signer.

Gates coolly replied, “It’s more like we both had this rich neigh­bour named Xerox, and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had al­ready stolen it,” wrote Hertzfeld, who wit­nessed the in­ter­change.

Mean­while, Ap­ple was dy­ing. By late 1997, it had racked up two years of losses and the Mac’s share of the PC mar­ket was in the sin­gle dig­its and fall­ing. Jobs would later say the com­pany was 90 days Thank you Steve Jobs. You left the world bet­ter, and more in­ter­est­ing, than you found it.

Ac­tor Ash­ton Kutcher (@aaplusk): I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of some­one I never met. #steve­jobs

Da­mon Lin­de­lof, cre­ator of TV se­ries Lost (@Da­mon­Lin­de­lof): Steve Jobs. On be­half of ev­ery dreamer sit­ting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try to change the world, you will be missed.

Ac­tress Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Mi­lano): Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. You were al­ways a big part of my world with your spe­cial in­ven­tions. Thank you for your brain.

Khairy Ja­malud­din, Malaysian MP for Rem­bau (@KhairyKJ): I re­mem­ber us­ing an Ap­ple IIe when I was a kid. Used Ap­ple ever since ex­cept brief PC in­ter­reg­num of 2 yrs af­ter univ. Thanks, & RIP Steve.

Fuad Al­hab­shi, of lo­cal band Ky­oto Pro­to­col (@FuadKy­oto): Wow so sur­real. Can’t be­lieve Steve Jobs passed away. Rest in peace. You fi­nally found the suc­cess your hard work de­served.

Read­ers re­spond

We also asked fol­low­ers of Star2’ s Twit­ter feed (@MyS­tarTwo) and also R.AGE’s feed (@ TheS­tar_Rage) what they thought of Jobs and his legacy. Asked to de­scribe Jobs in three from bank­ruptcy.

How­ever, when Jobs re­turned to Ap­ple in 1997, the first tan­gi­ble re­sult was the iMac, which would be­come Ap­ple’s best-sell­ing desk­top ever.

Ap­ple was prof­itable again by 1998, and over the next decade re­leased a se­ries of block­busters that went be­yond tra­di­tional com­put­ing. The iPod me­dia player and the iPhone were beau­ti­ful ob­jects that ig­nited consumer lust in Ap­ple’s sparsely el­e­gant – and typ­i­cally crowded – re­tail stores.

Jobs dropped “Com­puter” from the com­pany name in 2007 at the time he un­veiled the iPhone.


In his per­sonal life, Jobs set­tled down. He mar­ried Lau­rene Pow­ell in 1991 in a Bud­dhist cer­e­mony at the Ah­wah­nee Ho­tel in Yosemite National Park in Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to bi­og­ra­pher Deutschman. The cou­ple have three chil­dren.

He also rec­on­ciled with his daugh­ter, Lisa Bren­nan-Jobs, who was born in 1978 to his then girl­friend Chrisann Bren­nan. Chrisann raised Lisa mainly on her own. By the time Lisa was a teenager and be­fore she at­tended Har­vard Univer­sity, she moved into her fa­ther’s home.

“In Cal­i­for­nia, my mother had raised me mostly alone,” Lisa wrote in an ar­ti­cle for Vogue in 2008. “We didn’t have many things, but she is warm and we were happy. We moved a lot. We rented. My fa­ther was rich and renowned, and later, words, the most com­mon ones were “ge­nius”, “le­gendary”, “vi­sion­ary” and “in­spir­ing”, with a cou­ple of “rebel” and “suc­cess­ful” thrown in as well.

We reckon the best re­sponse from the young crowd was from @AIJIEEEH, who tweeted, “He com­pletes us teenagers”.

Here are more tweets from Malaysians about Steve Jobs:

@justinthen: “If Steve cud read all d tweets 2day abt him, he’d prob­a­bly tell us 2 get back 2 work, 2 think dif­fer­ent & make dis world a bet­ter place.”

@as­trats: “Steve Jobs didn’t im­pact the world of tech­nol­ogy – he de­fined it. We see & ex­pe­ri­ence the world dif­fer­ently be­cause of him.”

@Pat­tonoswalt: “RIP Steve Jobs. Clos­est thing we had to Tony Stark.”

@Trine­ti­zen: “The core of Ap­ple is gone. Steve Jobs, iGe­nius....”

@tankithoong: “One day we’ll say to our kids: I re­mem­ber when Steve Jobs gave speeches at Ap­ple events. Spoke so well they called it the Re­al­ity Dis­tor­tion Field.” as I got to know him, went on va­ca­tions with him, and then lived with him for a few years, I saw an­other, more glam­orous world.”

Jobs didn’t get in touch with his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther, John Jan­dali, a one-time aca­demic who went on to run bev­er­age ser­vices at the Boom­town Casino in Reno, Ne­vada. Jan­dali and Schieble had an­other child af­ter putting Steve up for adop­tion, a daugh­ter named Mona Simp­son, now a nov­el­ist. Jan­dali left the mother of his child. Schieble raised the girl alone.

“I’m proud of the fact that he’s my bi­o­log­i­cal son, even though I can­not take credit for any­thing he’s done,” Jan­dali said in an in­ter­view at the Boom­town Casino in April 2009. He said he had never spo­ken to Steve.


In 2004 Jobs was di­ag­nosed and treated for a neu­roen­docrine tu­mour in his pan­creas. Af­ter surgery to re­move an islet cell tu­mor, he took a month off to re­cu­per­ate and de­clared him­self healthy and can­cer free.

For a few years he looked that way. He was thin­ner, which was no sur­prise af­ter what he’d been through.

Jobs’ ap­pear­ance changed no­tice­ably by early 2008. He started look­ing gaunt. Tech blogs bub­bled with dis­cus­sion about what was go­ing on.

In Jan­uary 2009, Jobs said that his weight loss was caused by a “hor­mone im­bal­ance”. Nine days

@arys­tle: “It is as though Steve Jobs waited for iPhone 4S to launch be­fore go­ing ...RIP.”

@davinarul: “It’s more fun to be a pi­rate than to join the navy. Arrr, Steve, we wake up to a poorer world to­day. Rest in peace.”

@ani­ta­matthews: hug @faiz­faiz: In hon­our of Steve Jobs’ death, go find an Ap­ple user and give them a hug. They are just as emo­tional as you are.

@Amir­ul­rus­lan: “A friend’s fa­ther was Steve Jobs’ PA when he was work­ing at NeXT dur­ing the ex­ile years. All the sto­ries I’ve heard were amaz­ing.”

@Nash­man: “The best in­ven­tion Jobs gave us is Ap­ple and Pixar, the com­pa­nies will live on.”

@aiman­s­jaa­far: “My fav Steve Jobs in­ven­tion? How he rev­o­lu­tion­ize the let­ter ‘i’. iPhone. iPad. iMac. iKnow.”

@ni­kicheong: “I 1st saw 1 of those tiny Macs as a kid and al­ways wanted 1 bt cld never af­ford it. I bought my first last year.”

@ rey_­saw: “Sad day. May you rest in peace. Maybe I’ll con­sider get­ting a 4S now. 4S = For Steve.” later, he be­gan a five-month med­i­cal leave, hand­ing con­trol of the com­pany to his COO, Tim Cook. Later that year, he un­der­went a liver trans­plant at Methodist Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Mem­phis.

While Jobs was on leave that year, Ap­ple came un­der com­pet­i­tive pres­sure from an un­ex­pected source: Google Inc. The search gi­ant, whose then-CEO Eric Sch­midt was an Ap­ple board mem­ber, had got­ten into the smart­phone busi­ness with its Android op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Un­like the iPhone, Android phones were made by mul­ti­ple man­u­fac­tur­ers. The bud­ding ri­valry evoked the Mac vs PC show­downs of the 1980s. It pit­ted a com­pany, Ap­ple, that made one kind of de­vice, against an ar­ray of man­u­fac­tur­ers or­bit­ing around a soft­ware op­er­at­ing sys­tem – in this case, Google’s Android.

By the time Jobs re­turned to work in June 2009, sev­eral Android de­vices were on the mar­ket. Google’s Sch­midt re­signed from Ap­ple’s board in Au­gust, ac­knowl­edg­ing the es­ca­lat­ing ten­sion be­tween the two com­pa­nies.

In 2010, Jobs in­tro­duced his next epoch-mak­ing prod­uct: the iPad. At the prod­uct un­veil­ing, Jobs said that the tablet com­puter would go on sale later that year, call­ing it “mag­i­cal”. The pub­lic agreed: Ap­ple sold more than 300,000 iPads on day one, and within a few months the de­vice had a near mo­nop­oly share of the tablet mar­ket that com­pa­nies led by Mi­crosoft had failed to crack for a decade.

An­other mo­men­tous prod­uct was in store for 2010. The iPhone 4 boasted a glass front and back and a brushed-steel band around the edge. It also came with a front­fac­ing cam­era that would al­low mo­bile video­con­fer­enc­ing.

Ap­ple sold 1.7 mil­lion iPhone 4s dur­ing the first three days it was on sale. By the end of the year, the iPhone would rep­re­sent nearly 40% of rev­enue.

Dur­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a new Mac­Book Air in Oc­to­ber 2010, Jobs ap­peared thin­ner than ever. Three months later, Jobs said he would be tak­ing a new leave of ab­sence to “fo­cus on my health.”

For the third time since 2004, Cook took over day-to-day op­er­a­tions. He over­saw the in­tro­duc­tion of the sec­ond ver­sion of the iPad and in­tro­duced a mu­sic-stor­age ser­vice called iCloud.

Jobs an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion on Aug 24.

“I have al­ways said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my du­ties and ex­pec­ta­tions as Ap­ple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs said in a state­ment. “Un­for­tu­nately, that day has come.” – Bloomberg n Steve Jobs’ net worth was at least US$6.7bil as of Sept 6, ac­cord­ing to Bloomberg es­ti­mates. His 7.4% Dis­ney stake was worth US$4.4bil, and his 5.5 mil­lion shares of Ap­ple were worth US$2.1bil. Jobs’ 138 mil­lion shares of Dis­ney had paid him at least US$242mil in div­i­dends be­fore taxes since 2006, ac­cord­ing to Bloomberg data.

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