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Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.


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The world lost one of its greatest visionaries tonight. A man who made a real difference. What would you say to Steve Jobs, if you could?

One of the most celebrated innovators of our time, Steve Jobs' life touched all of us in one way or another - collectively and individually. How has his life inspired yours? How will you remember him?

In what ways would the world be different if he hadn't been in it? What is his greatest achievement, in your eyes?

Topics: technology
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    Oct 6 2011: Human history is now about two apples, the first one which had fallen on Newton's head and the second one which had come from Steve Jobs's head..One sticks us down to our G Force and the other allows our minds to fly...Kudos Steve Jobs
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      Oct 6 2011: Ahem! What about the gloriously incompetent Apple by The Beatles..?!?
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    Oct 6 2011: Steve Jobs and Apple's amazing team of engineers and designers have changed the world by making technology easier to use and more accessible. But they didn't stop there. Just walk into any Apple store or any store selling Apple products and observe the people interacting with an iPad, a MacBook Pro, an iMac, an iPod... Most likely, they'll have a beautiful smile on their face. Steve Jobs and his team pushed the boundaries way beyond acceptable to exceptional. Their rigorous attention to detail, passion for great design and exceptional customer experience has earned them the loyalty of millions of Apple users around the world. Unboxing your first Apple product is not unlike a religious experience. Meticulously crafted to delight, from the moment you switch it on. My husband and I often joke "we're going to visit the church of Jobs", whenever we walk into Sydney's Apple store. Well, what better way to remember such a great and inspirational visionary, than to reflectively surround yourself with what he has created.
    I'll be off to the church of Jobs tonight. See you there Steve. And thank you, for greatly improving so many lives, in more ways we'll ever dare to admit.
  • Oct 6 2011: Steve, you are beautiful
    Thank you for showing us what is possible
    That we can follow our dreams
    That we can march to different drummers
    That we can walk on unbeaten paths
    That "cool" can be a corporate value that inspires
    That we can do what we love and love what we do
    Thank you for all these beautiful gifts
    And your example of a life well lived
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    Oct 6 2011: God, this was a good one Thank You for Steve Jobs!
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    Oct 6 2011: A job well done, Steve. The Apple didn't fall far from the tree.

    And after forgettable experiences with Dells and Hp's there will never be anything but more Apples, Macs and i'e for me! Great technology, creative thinking through and through. Forever thankful.
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    Oct 6 2011: We all try to search for salvation. Every country and every religion has identified, preached and propagated their own ways of attaining the ultimate. The Road to Salvation I think ultimately depends on individual. A 21st century spiritual techie, this one from Steve Jobs is something very similar to what Gandhi ji said half a century ago in totally different context though -“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
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    Oct 6 2011: You know that scene in Harry Potter where they all raise their wands and the tips are illuminated? we should all do that but with our iphones and ipods.
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    Oct 6 2011: It seems you always did things with mind, body and soul.
    Today was the time to leave your mind and body behind, go on, your soul is eternal.
  • Oct 6 2011: When a man create a thing and add it to the world, and millions like that and some of them love! he's reached to the God level. Because the most impressive characteristic of God is creation.
    So Steve you did your humanity task as well as possible and your way in the world has done perfectly.
    Happy your birthday in your new life...
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    Oct 6 2011: Steve, I think you were one of geniuses inspired many people's creativity. Thank you very much for sharing what you could offer to this world. I wish you the very best that you would move up to an even more advanced and no-trouble place than you have been in this world. There, you can unleash your still-a-lot-more-left your creativity :-). Rest in peace.
  • Oct 6 2011: Steve, you really touch our hearts with your creative mind.You will be alive in the world forever.
    Rest in peace.
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    Oct 6 2011: To me, he was the Shakespeare of Technology. A true genius.

    Thank you for sharing your talents and your good-will.

    You are greatly admired and will be very much missed.
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    Oct 6 2011: As was stated earlier, I never met Steve, but he had a profound impact on me with his ideas and work. I bought into his vision of what the computer/product should offer from 1987 with the purchase of a Macintosh 512. The string of Apple Macintosh computers passing through my life has continued to the recent purchase of a MacBook Pro and iPhone. His innovative vision and my expectation is "simple," "elegant" and "works." This "undeniable and ever present vision" should be the launch pad that each and every designer and engineer starts with when planning a project.

    Steve showed us that it is OK to be different, how to start over as well as how to lead. Something we, as global citizens, need to do in order to grow humanity into a prosperous world that leaves a respectable life for all following generations.
  • Oct 6 2011: A true innovator, impeccable executor and visionary entrepreneur. Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. (1955-2011)

    You advanced the rate of evolution exponentially, making our world a far more efficient place to live in. Thank you for sharing your brilliance with the universe by inspiring so many to exceed expectations.

  • Oct 6 2011: When asked why I love Apple, I give the reason that in addition to the stellar products they produce, my loyalty to Apple is a result of how Apple treats their employees. My sister, at age 43, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon cancer. She had worked at Apple for over 15 years and it was her family. Although she was unable to work towards the end of her life, with only weeks to live, we were informed that her benefits would be ending and she would have to be laid off. My sisters one wish was to be an active Apple employee when she died.....she loved the company that much. Upon sharing her wishes with Apple human resources, they found a way to keep her as an active employee and in October 2006 she passed away at age 46. This small act of kindness is what makes Apple more than just a computer company to me. That is what I would have told Steve Jobs, had I had the opportunity. My sister was actually his corporate operator and would screen calls coming into his office, so he likely may have remembered her. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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    Oct 6 2011: I would say: Thank you for caring to making technology fit people instead of making people fit technology.
  • Oct 10 2011: If it weren't for the Apple II in our basement as a kid, I wouldn't have learnt how to type. If I wouldn't have learnt how to type, then I wouln't have made it into college. If it weren't for my admission and successful convocation from College, I wouldn't have gone to University. If it weren't for my University degree as a Teacher, I wouldn't have already taught hundreds of children the incalculable value behind Steve Jobs own perseverance and famous words..."Oh, and there is just one more thing." His technological footprint in our schools is and continues to be immesureable. Thank you.
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    Oct 10 2011: He died, And he make something to his world. What do you make for your world?
  • Oct 10 2011: It is widely reported that Steve lured John Sculley away from Pepsi-Cola to serve as Apple's CEO, with the phrase, "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?

    Well you did. You did it the hard way, followed ups and downs and still achieved it in the end.

    I think I will remember him for the way that he battled on through his illness.

    Rest well mate.
  • Oct 10 2011: Steve jobs tribute poem by an Indian fan...

  • Oct 6 2011: I would say God Bless You for doing the best you could every day and thank you for your humility and beauty of heart and spirit, and for allowing yourself to be you. I can't imagine the things you've seen and thought in the last 24 hours but I'm sure you're having a ball.
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    Oct 6 2011: Hey Steve,

    Thank you for inspiring me to continue with my ideas even ones that no one really gets !

    You are one of our great innovators in my life time.

    Thank you for picking up the challenge and having the courage to follow your dreams.

    All the best for your beautiful journey.
  • Oct 6 2011: Steve,

    You were among the greatest minds the world has ever seen.

    I was among the first generation of children to learn to type and write BASIC programming instructions on your Apple IIc and IIe computers, starting when I was in first grade in 1983. Since then, I earned numerous academic awards, managed millions of dollars as a young Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, got in to graduate school at the University of Notre Dame and later on helped heal critically injured people as an orthopedic operating room sales representative.

    When a knee injury sidelined me from my dream job in the OR, I engineered a successful career change. Since then, I have developed into a successful financial marketing professional who is a great resource for his clients, who provides a solid living for his wife and 3-year-old son and enjoys seeing their faces light up when they watch Pixar movies and use Apple products every day.

    All that I am today is in part because of your dedication and brilliance. I, like the other billions (and maybe one day trillions) of people that you have influenced, am forever in your debt. I only regret that I never got to meet you and thank you in person. Thank you and may you rest in peace with God.
  • Oct 6 2011: iSteve is world best innovator. He has demonstrated "innovation" in most touch and feel way. Steve jobs is an immortal icon in the universe of innovation. May Steve rest in peace
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    Oct 6 2011: QUOTE: "What is his greatest achievement, in your eyes?"

  • Oct 6 2011: Trust me, he just left us a treasure on http://youtu.be/iLe_7ZHgiXs

    It's just not ready yet. What a great guy!!! Wish there were more like him..
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    Oct 6 2011: "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do"/ Steve Jobs

    Your quote always inspire me, Steve. RIP
  • Oct 6 2011: I wish I could peek into that place and time, called Divinity and Eternity, when the Lord was creating Steve Jobs, infusing him with a morsel of His vast intelligence, with the sole purpose in His Mind to let forgetful men of so little faith know that technology and science will never ever decipher the greatness of God Almighty. The Lord merely gave us a glimpse of what heaven is through only one of the many great men He has created, Steve Jobs.
  • Oct 6 2011: A snippet from my first Mac Review in 2006 should say it all ...:

    "...My only hope is that Steve Jobs and his incredibly talented team of passionate engineers design and manufacture just about everything that we use everyday including computer accessories, LCD TVs, cellphones and even toasters and eventually our homes themselves. Hell, why not!.

    Finally I cannot write about this and not talk about Steve Jobs. What a life this guy has lived. 30 years of unflinching and uncompromising passion to deliver great products. Even when the "chips were down". And this adulation coming from a veteran PC user...I guess I have a transplant myself now besides the iMac...and perhaps that is a good thing and long over due :-). "
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    Oct 6 2011: How high have you set the bar for the rest of us, dear friend. Steve Jobs is a hero of mine. We should all strive for what he has achieved. Staying hungry and foolish. Thank you, indeed. My families thoughts are with the Jobs family. My most sincere condolences for the loss of an amazing individual.