3WM mourns the loss of a visionary and an innovator who helped shape the editors’ lives since the days of the Macintosh. We believe The Onion said it best with its headline, “Last American Who Knew What The Fuck He Was Doing Dies.” We leave readers with Steve Jobs’ words and a list of worthy links.
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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.”
There are lots of obituaries out there but the New York Times provided an encompassing look at his unique and prolific life.
The Atlantic put together a great collection of pictures that represents the different accomplishments and stages of Jobs’ ever-changing career.
Kelly Olsen of the Associated Press takes a detailed look at the tech landscape after Jobs’ passing and the future of Apple and its competitors, especially Samsung).
A great overview of the 317 patents that Jobs attained during his innovative lifetime.
A look into the ways that Jobs took risks and never settled for second best.
As Jobs knew that the end was nearing, he tightly managed his time and determined who he’d permit to bid him farewell. The New York Times provides a glance into those final days.
Jobs’ forthcoming biography “Steve Jobs” written by Walter Isaacson is due out on October 24 after the publishing date was moved up. Following his death, news of the biography spread fast and pre-orders skyrocketed. The book is expected to reveal aspects of Jobs’ life that until now remain unknown to most.
A great collection of the farewells from notable individuals at the Financial Times.
Finally, a different perspective on Steve Jobs the bloodthirsty competition killer.