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Microsoft's Gates, Disney's Iger & more comment on passing of Steve Jobs

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Following the news that Steve Jobs has died, a number of his contemporaries and some of the most powerful and influential people in the world have commented on his passing, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Disney President Bob Iger, and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Bill Gates

"I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."

Bob Iger

"Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined.

Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.

With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time."

U.S. President Barack Obama

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

"Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He uniquely combined an artists touch and an engineers vision to build an extraordinary company.. one of the greatest American leaders in history."

Michael Dell

"Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder,” said Michael Dell, chief executive and founder of Dell Inc., the big computer maker. “The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

"Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."

Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz

"It’s the ultimate sadness. First of all, it’s a young person who was revered, sometimes feared, but always revered. In a way, it’s kind of prophetic; everyone was hoping he could be on stage yesterday” during Apple’s iPhone announcement. "He was a very special person, and he didn’t get to where he was by having people like him all the time. He got to where he was because he had a vision and a purpose. It’s easy to try and please everyone, but he kept to his principles."

California Gov. Jerry Brown

"Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what a totally independent and creative mind can accomplish. Few people have made such a powerful and elegant imprint on our lives. Anne and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Steve’s wife, Laurene, and their entire family."

Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us."
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He touched many industries and many many hearts all over the world.
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That last quote ruined the whole page.
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I don't get this? The iPhone 4S has TONS of luster. Slightly off topic but still.
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I can't believe you're gone Steve. It's too soon.

I'd like to say hello to Woz if I can, and I miss Steve Jobs even though I never knew him personally.
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I really have to say...
Some folks are saying it's a shame that Steve's last product was the lackluster iPhone 4S.
But I believe that since he came back to the company he's had the dream of giving everyone, everywhere, technology.
And with the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, and also his dream, iCloud,...
Jony Ive: "It's real now, isn't it?"
Steve Jobs: "It's real."

Rest in peace, Mr. Jobs.
We'll always "Stay hungry, stay foolish."

Don't forget, his name is on patents that have yet to come.
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Before 1984 there were no computers for artists, thanks Steve.
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I've had the pleasure of meeting Steve on two separate occasions. The man was brilliant in so many ways. He is the reason that I became interested in computers as a kid and drove myself to be more than I was. Thank you Steve, for everything. Rest well.
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That last quote ruined the whole page.

Only if you read it with the accent.
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How could you not
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Michael Dell, huh?

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
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The puck finally caught up to you Steve, you were always one play ahead of the game.

Thank you for the best 30 years of my computing life!
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Only if you read it with the accent.

Much welcome levity in this somber hour.
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http://www.google.com/

A little at the bottom, the world will know
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Two of those are just a one-liner. Really Schmidt? Is that all you can do? I'm waiting for any Korean CEO to say something honest and good. They are already in the office when this breaks so....
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being an atheist it is sad to believe this man is no more and the universe will never see him again.

don't know him personally so it's hard to feel great remorse but with such a great mind no longer living amongst us it's damn near close...RIP Steve.
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Rest in Peace, Steve. You have truly changed the world and it is better for it.
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Thank you Steve Jobs for making our World better.
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Happy Steve suffers no more. Very sad he is gone. He had an amazing ability to see beyond the veil of mundane life into a world that co-exists peacefully and is inter-connected on many levels. Thank you for planting and the seeds of this vision.

Rest in peace. You will be sorely missed by many.
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Michael Dell, huh?

That one was weird I have to say.
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My heart goes out to his wife and children. Also to the million he inspired. Heaven will be a better place for all of us when we get there.
RIP SPJ You deserve it

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It's appropriate that the iPhone 4S was the product released before Mr. Jobs passing. The name of the product says it all:


The iphone 4(S)teve
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Steve has left the building. The guy built a ridiculously cool company. Your Mac is the blank canvas to your art. Hard to go back to a life that feeds on viruses, junk show parts and ignorant design....The world needs more people like Steve Jobs.
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From John Lasseter and Ed Catmull of Disney/ Pixar

Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.
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That one was weird I have to say.

Yeah, but I assume he was just paying respects to Steve. I just didn't get the impression that they ever saw eye-to-eye on anything, but I could be wrong.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
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That last quote ruined the whole page.

Don't underestimate Arnie or Hollywood. He and the movie industry have driven untold scores of talent from around the world to the USA.

Sure, we look back now with some disdain on those cheesy flicks but American sci-fi has inspired generations around the world and visual design, technology, environmental awareness and so much more can draw their inspiration from Hollywood. Yes, movies have lost their way in the past 10 years but for my Generation X and Y its impact is undeniable.

I was lucky to have a taste of the Californian Dream, whatever it means, it is still a unique experience and something that was the perfect incubator and habitat for someone like Steve. Cherish what you still have in the USA because a lot other things are fading away.

But to step into the SF Bay Area and truly feel I was only limited by my imagination, and with friends, strangers and colleagues never hating on what I thought up, where previously I was ridiculed, was very liberating and life changing.
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It's appropriate that the iPhone 4S was the product released before Mr. Jobs passing. The name of the product says it all:


The iphone 4(S)teve

F*** me now I'll have to at least stand in line for it as a commemorative gesture even if I don't feel like buying it.
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BTW whoever wrote that for Obama definitely is a long-time Apple user. You can feel it coming through.
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All of them (aside from the ones from Ahnold and Eric Schmidt) are really heartfelt.

The one from Obama said it most clearly to me.
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BTW whoever wrote that for Obama definitely is a long-time Apple user. You can feel it coming through.

Not sure it wasn't Barack himself. He does do speechwriting, and he's been a Mac user for years.
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That last quote ruined the whole page.

Only because your brain forces you to read it in your head in his voice.

When I read Michael Dell's I half-expected him to say "I suppose you were right not to close the company and return the money to the share-holders"
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Michael Dell, huh?

Was it just me or did dell try to make it about micheal dell?

Different leagues.
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Only because your brain forces you to read it in your head in his voice.

When I read Michael Dell's I half-expected him to say "I suppose you were right not to close the company and return the money to the share-holders"

It would have been pretty amazing if he had admitted he was wrong. "I made a mistake... sosumi".
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He touched many industries and many many hearts all over the world.

It's hard to imagine the world had Steve not made his mark in it. would we still be using the command line? Flip phones.... listening to CDs. Having to read a manual to try to understand how our software is supposed to work (I choose my words carefully). A friend of mine summed it up perfectly way back in the 90s, he said if he had to read a manual then he would just uninstall the program instead. Of course we know what hardware he was using.....

I'm sad.
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U.S. President Barack Obama

"…there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented."

Damned if I didn't find out on my iPhone 4!

nvidia2008, I think you're right; an iPhone 4(S)teve may indeed be worth at least a visit to my local Apple Store, and some extra self-control to not buy it. Thanks, n2macs!

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Home is the sailor, home from the sea ... and the hunter home from the hill.

This day has come too fast and its impact far greater on me emotionally than I would have imagined.

I feel like I have lost a close friend ... and not just any close friend, but the rare kind that you keep finding out how great a friend they truly were long after you can no longer tell them.

I had the rare (for me at least) happenstance twice to have received no satisfaction at the local Apple store concerning a problem with an Apple product, only to then write to Mr. Jobs complaining about what I perceived to be an injustice. In both cases, a young lady contacted me from Cupertino, said Mr. Jobs was aware of my problem and wanted to help, and instructed me on what to do to receive satisfaction from Apple. Both times this was followed up by another call from Cupertino a couple of weeks later to confirm that I was happy with the situation.

My most heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to his family and closest friends at this time of sorrow. The legacy he leaves, however, will enable several generations the world over to experience a measure of joy in a world where such has become increasingly rare.

There is no epitaph I know that fits the purpose in a way that is called for. Although I have always liked the following, I do not offer it as worthy, but would like to parrot Mr. Richardson nevertheless:

"Warm summer sun shine kindly here;
Warm southern wind blow softly here;
Green sod above lie light, lie light -
Goodnight, my friend,
Goodnight, goodnight."

Rest in peace, my most excellent friend, rest in peace.
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I will tell you Steve Jobs had so many Angels around him to help him crossover it was very quick. People think that when you die it's painful. Friends..being on this very Earth is painful compared to where Steve is at now. Ask yourself and look around you! There are no wars in heaven! People do not worry about materialistic things such money in heaven! He achieved his life purpose and mission in life in serving and experiencing for god. However he will be dearly missed. But his legacy will live on.

Love & Light
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RIP Steve
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