A Celebration of Steve’s Life

A Celebration of Steve’s Life

Apple has posted this video of the tribute to Steven P. Jobs, which took place last week at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. The event, A Celebration of Steve’s Life, was held to commemorate Mr. Jobs, who died this month after battling pancreatic cancer.

The video begins with Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, introducing Mr. Jobs’s wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. Mr. Cook shared thoughts of Mr. Jobs’s work at Apple over the years and noted that no one in attendance would be working at Apple if it wasn’t for Mr. Jobs. “There is one more thing he leaves us; he leaves us with each other,” Mr. Cook said. “Other than his family, Apple would be his finest creation.” Mr. Cook also said the last piece of advice Mr. Jobs gave him was “to never ask what he would do; just do what’s right.

Following Mr. Cook’s speech, Al Gore, the former Vice President and an Apple board member, spoke. Some of Mr. Jobs’s favorite musicians played at the event. Norah Jones sang the Bob Dylan song Forever Young. The British band Coldplay performed Fix You and Yellow, while thousands of Apple employees listened and helped celebrate the co-founder’s life.

A Celebration of Steve’s Life

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Steve Jobs: Rebel, Icon and Genius

Steve Jobs: Rebel, Icon and Genius

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder and visionary, who helped usher in the era of personal computers and led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age, died Wednesday at the age of 56. Mr. Jobs had waged a long and public struggle with cancer, remaining the face of the company even as he underwent treatment. He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, received a liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves of absence as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down in August and turning over the helm to Timothy D. Cook, the chief operating officer. After leaving, he was still engaged in the company’s affairs, negotiating with another Silicon Valley executive only weeks earlier.

I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know,” Mr. Jobs said in a letter released by the company in August. “Unfortunately, that day has come.” By then, having mastered digital technology and capitalized on his intuitive marketing sense, Mr. Jobs had largely come to define the personal computer industry and a wide range of digital consumer and entertainment businesses centered on the Internet.

Steve Jobs: Rebel, Icon and Genius

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Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder, Former-CEO and Visionary, Dies at 56

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder, Former-CEO and Visionary, Dies at 56

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder, Former-CEO and visionary, who helped usher in the era of personal computers and led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age, died Wednesday at the age of 56. The death was announced by Apple Computers, the company Mr. Jobs and his high school friend Stephen Wozniak started in 1976 in a suburban California garage. Mr. Jobs had waged a long and public struggle with cancer, remaining the face of the company even as he underwent treatment.

He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, received a liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves of absence as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down in August and turning over the helm to Timothy D. Cook, the chief operating officer. After leaving, he was still engaged in the company’s affairs, negotiating with another Silicon Valley executive only weeks earlier.

I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know,” Mr. Jobs said in a letter released by the company in August. “Unfortunately, that day has come.” By then, having mastered digital technology and capitalized on his intuitive marketing sense, Mr. Jobs had largely come to define the personal computer industry and a wide range of digital consumer and entertainment businesses centered on the Internet.

Read more about the amazing life of Steve Jobs in The New York Times here.

Apple Confirms Steve Jobs Has Died at 56

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Photo-Gallery: Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder and Visionary, Dies at 56

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Parisian Love: An American Finds Love in Paris

Parisian Love: An American Finds Love in Paris

Well, I ended up missing most of the Super Bowl, as well as almost all of the ads that went along with the Big Game.  But I did catch the Google ad and it’s a knockout, a real triumph of story over the technical wizardry that’s usually showcased in Super Bowl ads.

Parisian Love: An American Finds Love in Paris

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Creation Begins: Adam and Eve in a Sterile Computer Server Room

Creation Begins: Adam and Eve in a Sterile Computer Server Room

So he drove out the man and he placed
at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim,
and a flaming sword which turned every way,
to keep the way of the tree of life
.”

Creation Begins is a very intriguing 1-min. short film directed by Adam Witten.  The film opens with a scene set in a seemingly sterile room full of silently working computer servers, then cuts to a newly created naked Adam who is laying on the floor. The parable continues as the servers whir to life, Eve is born and then the snake slithers into being.  With the scene of the Garden of Eden now set within the technological world of wires and silicon, the players rush headlong toward what appears to be the well-known end: the expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise.  But with Adam given the chance to make the same mistake twice, he decides that it’s the human connection that makes creation great, not the technology that makes it possible.

Creation Begins: Adam and Eve in a Sterile Computer Server Room

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Invent: An Orchestral Symphony Conducted by Computer Workstations

Invent: An Orchestral Symphony Conducted by Computer Workstations

Invent is an animated 1 1/2 min. short film created by Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth for the  2009 D&AD Student Awards, sponsored by Hewlett Packard.  The theme of the competition was to present an idea promoting the computer workstation’s ability to bring to life whatever the creative mind might conceive.  Invent created a synchronization of printers, which became an orchestra in a grand aesthetic symphony conducted by the computer workstations.  Music in the film is Hold Me Back by the Round Table Knights.  Printer party anyone?

Invent: An Orchestral Symphony Conducted by Computer Workstations

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Hi! It’s a Real Human Interface (Like, an Actual Human Geek)

Hi! It’s a Real Human Interface (Like, an Actual Human Geek)

Now here’s a really ingenious parody on technology and the way we all use it. For those of you who think there’s a guy living inside your computer who makes all that really sparkly magic happen…well, now you’ll see that there really is one! Not only that, but sometimes the guy inside there gets a bit naughty, absurd and slapstick. This one will really make you smile!

Hi! It’s a Real Human Interface (Like, an Actual Human Geek)

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