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.)
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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.
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.