Tributes to Steve Jobs

October 10th, 2011 10:10 AM
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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.

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Educational nightmare

September 30th, 2010 11:48 AM
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We've all had this nightmare, haven't we? (Click for larger image.)

xkcd: Students

True to the comic's caption, this dream has plagued me for nearly twenty years. As it's most common just before a graduation, I'll be due some sleepless nights come May 2011. Though logic has no place in the realm of sleep, upon waking, I find comfort not only in my diploma, but also in knowing I'm not alone in this fear.

Some companies are malicious enough to play on our fears for profit, and Apple is no exception:

Aren't all the fond memories we have of the Apple II from writing term papers on it at 3 AM? How would we have graduated without it? On the other hand, data was far more fragile in the Eighties than it is now. How many nightmares were caused by school papers being lost to malfunctions, user error — or, worst of all, dysentery?