Tributes to Steve Jobs

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Between last week’s video and a special episode of the Open Apple podcast, I’ve said all I can about Steve Jobs’ passing. But many others have shared more eloquent thoughts than mine, and I’d like to share some of my favorites here.

The Open Apple shownotes link to several celebrities’ social media tributes. Among those not mentioned are Richard Garriott, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg.

On the visual front, there have been many artistic interpretations, including from the New Yorker and XKCD.

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There's always the hope that if you sit and watch for long enough, the beachball will vanish and the thing it interrupted will return.

New Yorker

Pailheads temporarily reskinned their site with a familiar look.

Boing Boing

Several celebrities have offered video tributes, including liberal show hosts Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.

Apple II IRC regular Landon was interviewed by the local news:

Perhaps the most appropriate — and technologically innovative — tribute has been from Chris Baird, who adapted an iconic image of Steve Jobs into a high-res Apple II image produced by an original Applesoft BASIC program.

More videos are available on the KansasFest Web site.

Finally, Jobs’ passing has prompted many to reminisce about their first times using Apple II computers. News anchor Pat Kiernan remembers his Apple II and using Beagle Bros utilities to write a Wheel of Fortune game when he tired of playing Little Brick Out. The staff of Ars Technica, led by my former co-worker Jon Brodkin, recalls gaming and programming on a variety of early Apple II and Mac platforms. And Jason Wilson at GamePro reflects that, after all these years, his favorite gaming machine is still the Apple IIGS.

It’s amazing how much of our lives has been co-authored by a single man’s vision. What more is there to say?

(Hat tips to Blake Patterson, Steve Weyhrich, Caroline Green, and Landon)