by asghar62

After hearing the sad news about Steve Jobs passing away, I created the attached fare well card.


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by vildemose on


More on Steve Jobs, The Arab-American:

""Steve Jobs will be associated forever with the cultural icons who stepped outside the establishment. The "Think Different" Apple ads feature Dylan and Hitchcock and Picasso and Gandhi and Ali but the understated message is that Steve Jobs lives on that same unique pedestal. The words of that ad could well serve as today's eulogy to Mr. Jobs:

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. They're not fond of rules and they hold no respect for the status quo.... They push the human race forward.... The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

The beloved, iconic, captivating symbol of the Apple, tiny bite taken, will remind us every day for the rest of our lives, and then through many generations beyond us, that a gentle genius created technology that went so far as to beguile us. Steve Jobs' mind has blown our collective mind. Rest in peace, Steve, as we fondly and passionately remember your urging us all to "Think Different." ""


He did not invent anything  however, he brought innovations to the masses that would have otherwise remained niche and obscure, and did it in ways that normal people could actually relate to. If you truly believe that the world would have turned out exactly as it has, had Apple not existed, then you are utterly lacking in imagination.

The application and dissemination of new technology are just as important as its invention, when it comes to affecting the lives of people.

"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis


May he have heavenly seas

by Rea on

... filled with megabytes and megahertz.

We are all equal when it comes to "day D", rich & poor, white & black, believer & atheist.

Yet we are not equal when it comes to downloading IC. It's taking my ages these days. Not that my outsider's comments matter but I'd like to be able to read. At least.

Anahid Hojjati

Thanks Vildemose for reminding us about all these facts

by Anahid Hojjati on

as someone who lived in seattle; birthplace of Microsoft, in important years for personal computing and as somone who always used text commands, rather than Icons, I was not an Apple user. Also, your comment makes it clear that so much of Apple's success was built on other operating systems such as Unix. In recent yeras, finally after owning an Ipod, I came to appreciate the company.

Jobs was an important figure in personal computing but there are many others whose names are much less known. Jobs' personal history is very interesting too. He was an adoptee whose birth parenst gave him up but later married and had at least one daughter who as an adult, met Jobs and they established a relationship. As you pointed out,"One of the genius’ of American culture is its acceptance of failure. "


"    Jobs had nothing

by vildemose on


Jobs had nothing to do with any of the DOS’s. Apple-DOS, which ran on the Apple II, was written by the co founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak and a couple of other guys.

Nor was Microsoft DOS written by Gates – but that’s another story.

Despite the denials the Apple Lisa/Mac user interface was based on the Xerox Star. In 1979 Xerox & Apple entered a licensing agreement; as well as the right to copy, Apple received two Star computers, and Xerox got equity in Apple. The Apple Lisa had an Office suite; unsurprisingly office automation was the riason de’tre for the Xerox Star – funny that.

Microsoft’s licensing deal with Xerox was for cash and that “darned” Xerox folder that existed in Windows prior to Vista.

It’s worth pointing out that Jobs had several failures.

He was kicked off the Lisa project.

The first Apple Mac failed because it couldn’t compete with IBM clone pricing and Jobs couldn’t get the attention of 3rd party software developers like Gates could.

Jobs started up NeXT but that went nowhere, he used the wrong processors, he tried to compete with Cray supercomputers, eventually NeXT and Jobs were bought by Apple.

Jobs borrowed the unusual capitalisation of NeXT from Donald Knuth the “inventor” TeX, a typesetting system.

The UNIX based operating system NeXTSTEP operating system became the foundation for the Mac OS-X operating system. But the Mac didn’t take off until Jobs finally decided to use Intel processors – something he should have done back in the ’80s.

One of the genius’ of American culture is its acceptance of failure. I don’t believe after so many failures Jobs would have achieved what he did in any other country.""


"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis


The Greeting Card?

by Tavana on

For the great many of the Bible believers who have read the story of Adam & Eve there & have learnt how the two were both kicked out of the heaven by biting the forbidden 'Apple' upon their buying into the resident serpent's inovative ideas, the card might have a complete different meaning! Just wondering!