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Steve Jobs ~ 1955-2011

Steve Jobs ~ 1955-2011

Steve Jobs dies; Apple Computer co-founder was 56

From The Washington Post

Steve Jobs, the brilliant, mercurial co-founder of Apple Inc. who introduced simple, elegantly designed computers for people who are more interested in what technology could do rather than how it was done, died Oct. 5 at age 56.

In a brief statement, Apple announced the death but did not say where he died. He suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant in 2009, and he stepped down as Apple’s chief executive officer on Aug. 24, 2011.




I must confess, while I like macs, I did not ever really hear or read anything by Steve Jobs, but now I am wondering, after reading some of his writing, whether he had read Jeremy Taylor’s, The Art of Living and Dying, and whether he knew something of the ars moriendi…, said Jobs: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~PMC


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Murdoch Matthew

There’s a link in the Juan Cole piece to an article in the Daily Mail giving more details about Jobs’s family life. He met his biological sister, but seems to have avoided his biological father. Jobs led a simple life, but he wasn’t a simple person.


Thanks for that, Murdoch.

Did Jobs investigate/publish the info on his bio parents? (I’m just curious as to how we know this)

JC Fisher

Murdoch Matthew

See Juan Cole this morning:

Steve Jobs: Arab-American, Buddhist, Psychedelic Drug User, and Capitalist World-Changer

. . . Jobs was the biological son of Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali (a Syrian Muslim then graduate student in political science from Homs, which is now in revolt against the Baathist regime). . . That is, like Barack Obama, Jobs was the son of a Muslim. . . .

Homs in Syria is the city of his biological paternal forebears. It produced scientists and historians. Hilal al-Himsi, who died in the 9th century, translated from Greek into Arabic the first four books of Apollonius’s work on the geometry of cones.

Indic spiritual traditions were important to Jobs, especially Buddhism. The quest for states of altered consciousness, which characterized some in my generation, was central to his creative vision.

The DOS operating system was something that only an engineer could love, a set of odd commands entered on a blinking line against a black backdrop. Jobs preferred icons, and changed computing forever. He, at least, was convinced that without the liberal social and spiritual experimentation of his youth, his creative vision would not have been the same. . . .

Juan Cole is an Arabist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Rod Gillis

Perhaps its because technology has become, as Marshall Mcluhan noted, an extension of ourselves, that Mr. Job’s casting off his mortal coil, is such a big story. The coverage is not just about the death of Mr. Jobs–its about our own latent narcissism and sense of self importance. My how we try and defend our sense of self against the inevitable dissolution. Its an Ozymandias moment in the making.


From the Microsoft precincts (unable to afford the temple tax to the Inner “Macxo-Mactorum”), I nevertheless offer my prayers that Steve RIP/RIG…

JC Fisher

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