The Apple co-founder's death has prompted some extraordinary tributes and links to Steve Jobs memories from around the web. Matt Wells selects the best
Stanford commencement address 2005
Jobs urged Stanford graduates to, as the university put it, "pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks – including death itself". He said:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.Gallery of Steve Jobs tributes, the Guardian
Gallery of shrines to Steve Jobs from around the world, curated by the Guardian.
Walt Mossberg: the Steve Jobs I knew
The Wall Street Journal's veteran technology writer Walt Mossberg reminisces about his personal relationship with the Apple boss. He talks about his meetings with Jobs, the personal briefings about new products, and how Jobs would call him at weekends:
They turned into marathon, 90-minute, wide-ranging, off-the-record discussions that revealed to me the stunning breadth of the man. One minute he'd be talking about sweeping ideas for the digital revolution. The next about why Apple's current products were awful, and how a color, or angle, or curve, or icon was embarrassing.After the second such call, my wife became annoyed at the intrusion he was making in our weekend. I didn't.
The best Steve Jobs anecdote
Jobs was patiently answering questions to members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business' hi-tech club, at the home of a student shortly before returning to Apple in 1996. One of the students asked him to autograph his keyboard:
Steve Jobs said he'd do it, but only if first he could remove all the unnecessary keys that his successors had added in a foolish effort to make the Mac more like a Microsoft-Intel PC. He despised the long row of so-called function keys (like "F1") and the cluster of navigational arrow keys which were clunky alternatives to the more intuitive process of using a mouse to explore menus and icons. So Jobs pulled his car keys out of his pocket and began scooping into the computer keyboard, violently disgorging all the keys that offended him.Alan Deutschman, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, 2001
Boing Boing tribute
Boing Boing, the group technology blog, takes inspiration from one of the early Apple innovations: the Mac Classic "desktop" screen.
View from the creative industry
"It's not too much of a stretch to call Steve Jobs the father of the modern creative class," says this piece on the website of Contagious magazine, by digital designer Dave Skaff.
The New York Times gallery of reader pictures
The New York Times asked its readers to submit pictures inspired by Apple and Steve Jobs. The result is an enchanting collection of images, from family snaps with early Apple products to pictures of cats on Macs.
Former Gizmodo editor Brian Lam on his fallout with Jobs
Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 4, a prototype found its way into the hands of Brian Lam, who was then editor of the tech website Gizmodo. It led to a spectacular falling out between Lam and Jobs; here, Lam describes how the episode made him lose his faith in his own writing, and how he eventually apologized to Jobs.
I just feel lucky I had the chance to tell a kind man that I was sorry for being an asshole before it was too late.The best obituary
The New York Times version is extensive and comprehensive; the Guardian's Jack Scholfield controversially raises the fallout between Jobs and his best friend Steve Wozniak over a few thousand dollars; but this piece on the AV Club website has been described as "unexpectedly the best one I've read" on Twitter.
It's written by Sean O'Neal, who says he was a "shitty Apple tech support technician".
More than just a designer of personal computers, Jobs was in many ways a designer of modern life. His belief that technology should above all be user-friendly forever changed the methods in which we work, communicate, enjoy our entertainment, and even create our own innovations.
The Apple tribute
Apple turned over the front page of its website to a simple, classy tribute to its founder.
One more thing …
The Daily Beast website curated this Storify of tweets by Apple employees.
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