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Steve Wozniak had to opportunity to speak with Steve Jobs recently and said the Apple chief executive sounded healthy" and "energetic a little over a month before he's scheduled to return to the company.

The Apple co-founder made the comments Wednesday from the sidelines of the Wall Street Journal's All Things D conference, where Jobs has been a guest of honor on many occasions (1, 2, 3, 4).

Although Wozniak admitted to having never asked Jobs about his health directly, he told representatives for the financial paper that his one-time pal doesnt sound like hes sick, nor does he appear to be battling a dire health problem.

The upbeat comments contrast with those made by Jobs' real estate attorney Howard Ellman last month during a town council meeting to determine whether the chief executive should be free to demolish a historic but abandoned mansion he owns in the Woodside Hills.

"I don't think he would be strong enough if we were here until 1 a.m., and I think there's a strong possibility of that," Ellman said, referring to the time it would take for the local review board to hear all arguments on the matter.

Jobs said in January that he would take a medical leave from his daily role at Apple through the end of June in order to attend to health issues that turned out to be "more complex" than he originally thought.

Although he underwent successful surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, Jobs' health would again emerge as a topic of public concern when he appeared increasingly gaunt during Apple media events in 2007 and 2008.

Wall Street analysts have used recent quarterly conference calls to press members of Apple's leadership for an update on Jobs' health, to which they've responded by saying they still expect him to return at the end of June.

It remains unclear in what capacity Jobs will return to the company. Some analysts have speculated that if he does return, it will be in the form of a reduced role such as Chairman.
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Get well, get well soon, we want you to get well.
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Hope he lives and prospers for decades longer!

(Even more than Apple, I'd like to see what he does with his wealth: someone like him is likely to redefine the giving/philanthropy business as well, and I'd be really curious to see him address that business model).
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H.e.l.l.o.
I a.m. S.t.e.v.e j.o.b.s. 2.0
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

(Even more than Apple, I'd like to see what he does with his wealth: someone like him is likely to redefine the giving/philanthropy business as well, and I'd be really curious to see him address that business model).

What makes u say that?
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post #7 of 73
I was just in the Steve Jobs transporter at Fifth Ave NYC this afternoon and can only wish him a healthy return. We need his visionary talents.
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Get well soon Steve.
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

Hope he lives and prospers for decades longer!

(Even more than Apple, I'd like to see what he does with his wealth: someone like him is likely to redefine the giving/philanthropy business as well, and I'd be really curious to see him address that business model).

Knowing how exacting he can be, I would like to see that too. However, I'm not sure Steve buys into philanthropy. It seems he would do that only after leaving Apple completely.


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What makes u say that?

Because he's determined to be successful in whatever he puts his hand to? Even if he isn't successful the first time around? And because he thinks he can do it better?
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What makes u say that?

He's redefined at least three companies -- and God only knows how many 'businesses' within those three, such as, say telephony versus computer software versus computer hardware versus multimedia in just one of those -- that we know of.

With that kind of a batting average, I see no reason why he would not transform the next business with which he chooses to get involved.
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...... I'm not sure Steve buys into philanthropy.......

Ah, you'd be surprised at what a heightened sense of mortality can do to folks...
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Because he's determined to be successful in whatever he puts his hand to? Even if he isn't successful the first time around? And because he thinks he can do it better?

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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

He's redefined at least three companies -- and God only knows how many 'businesses' within those three, such as, say telephony versus computer software versus computer hardware versus multimedia in just one of those -- that we know of.

With that kind of a batting average, I see no reason why he would not transform the next business with which he chooses to get involved.

What I mean is, what makes you think he'd become a philanthropist?
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Get well, get well soon, we want you to get well.

Ok, I see what you did there.
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What I mean is, what makes you think he'd become a philanthropist?

See #11 above!
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Does this mean that we are going to see the other "Steve" compete in Dancing with the Stars next season?

post #16 of 73
I always enjoy hearing from Woz, even though he's mildly insane.
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post #17 of 73
woz is a joke, nobody listens to him anymore.
post #18 of 73
Meh, unless he's demoing a tablet I don't want him back
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woz is a joke, nobody listens to him anymore.

Ease on Woz, he's done more than anyone on this forum will ever do combined.

It's good to know that Woz and Jobs are still friendly considering they both took sick leave from Apple at one point in their lives.

Steve, get well soon! Hopefully you'll be up and giving keynotes again real soon.
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Please Mr Jobs! Please!!! Quit Apple already... go home!
Let the younger generation take over.
Maybe then we will have a normal Mac desktop that is reasonably priced...
Not a mac mini, not an imac, not a mac pro - just a mac with normal hardware, normal price and the only reason why 99% of us buy macs in the first place - OS X!

Last but not least, I wish you Mr. Jobs all the best and a long healthy life.

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Please Mr Jobs! Please!!! Quit Apple already... go home!
Let the younger generation take over.
Maybe then we will have a normal Mac desktop that is reasonably priced...
Not a mac mini, not an imac, not a mac pro - just a mac with normal hardware, normal price and the only reason why 99% of us buy macs in the first place - OS X!

Last but not least, I wish you Mr. Jobs all the best and a long healthy life.

Nano_tube

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A hacint0sh is what you're looking for. If you want real value, you're looking to the wrong company, not just the wrong CEO.


Fair enough. I have one question though. When I buy a hakint0sh, can I update the OS or re-install it without doing any hacking? If so, I might consider it.

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post #24 of 73
Get better Big Steve...we all miss you and want you back asap.
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When I buy a hakint0sh, can I update the OS or re-install it without doing any hacking?

They're called hackint0sh for a reason...
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Fair enough. I have one question though. When I buy a hakint0sh, can I update the OS or re-install it without doing any hacking? If so, I might consider it.

no....
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post #27 of 73
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Although Wozniak admitted to having never asked Jobs about his health directly, he told representatives for the financial paper that his one-time pal doesnt sound like hes sick, nor does he appear to be battling a dire health problem.

The upbeat comments contrast with those made by Jobs' real estate attorney Howard Ellman last month during a town council meeting to determine whether the chief executive should be free to demolish a historic but abandoned mansion he owns in the Woodside Hills.


While I wish Steve Jobs the best (as any human being), the evidence is that Steve Jobs has been too sick to work since mid-October 2008. AppleInsider has also reported that Steve Jobs was investigating the possibility to have a liver transplant.

Steve Jobs had pancreas cancer surgery in 2004, less than 5 years ago, possibly after delaying the surgery for 9 months. We should ask ourselves what could possibly prevent Steve Jobs from discharging his duties at Apple for a total duration of 8 and 1/2 months, if not a recurrence of cancer.

A "nutrition problem" doesn't begin to explain Steve Jobs' condition.

I agree that we shouldn't expect Steve Jobs to return to Apple in any capacity other than Chairman or Honorary Chairman of the Board of directors. And there is no reason why Steve Jobs wouldn't be allowed to retire, given his age, his personal wealth or his health condition.

Give Steve Jobs a chance to retire. Apple can stand on its own two feet, with or without the assistance of Steve Jobs. The test of true leadership is not how much a CEO costs, but whether or not he could build a long lasting organization, an organization which will endure long after the so called "leader" has departed.

I will submit to you that Apple can survive without Steve Jobs and do even better than today. Conversely, a corporation which doesn't embrace change is condemned to fail. Life is change. Business is change. It's high time for Apple to get a new CEO.


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Meh, unless he's demoing a tablet I don't want him back

I was thinking about you the other day when writing about all those 10" screens Apple is supposed to be getting.
post #29 of 73
Anyone here can die after a short battle with cancer. Steve on the other hand got help in time, was lucky to recover, but nobody on this planet will tell you, prematurely, that SJ had, say thyroid cancer, or not.

SJ is not public property so please, give the man a little well deserved respect. Get well Steve!
post #30 of 73
I think these past few months have been valuable for Apple. Charismatic, visionary leaders often run companies by their sheer personality. The real test is how well Apple can innovate and deliver without such a leader. Is Apple's identity wrapped up in Steve's or can they stand on their own?

I like Steve, but I am concerned for companies that are built on these types of leaders. It's very unlikely that subsequent CEO's are going to be as popular, eloquent, or creative.
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woz is a joke, nobody listens to him anymore.

Riight... Let's compare his life work to-date to yours. I'll bet money you'll get on your knees and start apologizing.

Is your life that pathetic that you have to put people down just to make your sorry life look better?
post #32 of 73
Let's see the market is down $173.00 Apple stock is up $2.27.
Exactly what change in business model are you referring too?
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Riight... Let's compare his life work to-date to yours. I'll bet money you'll get on your knees and start apologizing.

Is your life that pathetic that you have to put people down just to make your sorry life look better?

What exactly is his life work you speak of?
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What exactly is his life work you speak of?

You have to admit that even if it were "only" co-founder of Apple inc. it would be pretty good.
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You have to admit that even if it were "only" co-founder of Apple inc. it would be pretty good.

Seconded.
post #37 of 73
Hope you are a lot better, Steve.
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You have to admit that even if it were "only" co-founder of Apple inc. it would be pretty good.

I don't know, I think thats a stretch to say that s 'lifes work', a little over blown IMO.
post #39 of 73
Who knows whether Jobs is going to return and in what role (my guess is a wind down from CEO by end of year), but I will say this.

At a time when we struggle to find inspiring products, companies and leaders, Apple is not just a good marketing story or the cult of one guy (Steve Jobs); they are a breakout successful business who, win, lose or draw, have to be respected for (consistently) swinging for the fences.

Their performance in a crappy recession, coupled with a decision to remain on offense, speaks volumes about their still vibrant DNA, something I blogged about in:

Apple is a Great American Company Worth Celebrating
http://bit.ly/lGqRS

Net-net: Fingers-crossed that whatever personal outcome SJ aspires to, the gods can carry him aloft.

Check out the post if interested.

Cheers,

Mark
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You have to admit that even if it were "only" co-founder of Apple inc. it would be pretty good.


they both are fine people

hey steve jobs .. if your reading this ..get well soon dude

peace

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