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The World Pays Tribute: Don't-Miss Stories and Images About Steve Jobs


Our staff has selected our favorite essays, images and videos that pay tribute to the visionary leader.

From among the thousands of web postings about Steve Jobs, we've selected those that say the most to us.

1. "The Steve Jobs I Knew", by Walt Mossberg of All Things Digital

Mossberg's tribute includes some personal anecdotes. One of them that gets to Jobs' obsessiveness:

... in 1997, he began calling my house, on Sunday nights, for four or five straight weekends. As a veteran reporter, I understood that part of this was an attempt to flatter me, to get me on the side of a teetering company whose products I had once recommended, but had, more recently, advised readers to avoid.

Yet there was more to the calls than that. They turned into marathon, 90-minute, wide-ranging, off-the-record discussions that revealed to me the stunning breadth of the man. One minute he'd be talking about sweeping ideas for the digital revolution. The next about why Apple's current products were awful, and how a color, or angle, or curve, or icon was embarrassing.

After the second such call, my wife became annoyed at the intrusion he was making in our weekend. I didn't.

And there's funny moment with Bill Gates:

For our fifth D conference, both Steve and his longtime rival, the brilliant Bill Gates, surprisingly agreed to a joint appearance, their first extended onstage joint interview ever. But it almost got derailed.

Earlier in the day, before Gates arrived, I did a solo onstage interview with Jobs, and asked him what it was like to be a major Windows developer, since Apple's iTunes program was by then installed on hundreds of millions of Windows PCs.

He quipped: "It's like giving a glass of ice water to someone in Hell." When Gates later arrived and heard about the comment, he was, naturally, enraged, because my partner Kara Swisher and I had assured both men that we hoped to keep the joint session on a high plane.

In a pre-interview meeting, Gates said to Jobs: "So I guess I'm the representative from Hell." Jobs merely handed Gates a cold bottle of water he was carrying. The tension was broken, and the interview was a triumph, with both men acting like statesmen. When it was over, the audience rose in a standing ovation, some of them in tears.

2. We love this image by Jonathan Mak Long; Jobs' silhouette against the Apple logo.

3. Another wonderful image: "No replacement found."

4. The Wall Street Journal has compiled some of Jobs' most memorable quotes, like, "You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it's humorous, all the attention to it, because it's hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that's happened to me." (Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985)

5. Tom Junod writing for Esquire avoids being too sweet.

I do not want to sentimentalize Steve Jobs. I just came off Facebook, where people are mourning him as though he were their kindly uncle, and making particular note (as even the president did) of the fact that they are mourning him on products he ushered into the world. I am, too. But doesn't mean that I knew him, nor does it mean that the Steve Jobs I knew and wrote about wasn't anything but one of the most sneeringly unsentimental men to ever touch a chord with the great American public.

I miss him now. But I first missed him last week, when Jeff Bezos introduced Amazon's tablet to the world, and Steve Jobs didn't step up to dismiss it....

6. Someone snapped a photo of a rainbow that appeared over Pixar just after Jobs' death was announced.

7. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it." So said Steve Jobs in his landmark commencement speech at Stanford in 2005.

8. A video of actor and Apple fan Stephen Fry commenting on Steve Jobs just after his recent announcement to step down as CEO.

9. A June 2011 photo by Lea Suzuki of the San Francisco Chronicle. The caption: "Steve Jobs rests his head against his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, after delivering the keynote address to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at Moscone West on Monday."

10. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reflects.

11. The "1984" commercial that introduced Apple to the world.

12. Let's not forget "Think Different" and it's opening, "Here's to the crazy ones." The video below is narrated by Steve Jobs.

13. "Steve Jobs Was Always Kind to Me (Or, Regrets of An Asshole)"

Reflections from the former Gizmodo editor who oversaw his publication's legal fight with Jobs over the lost iPhone 4 prototype that Gizmodo leaked to the public. Here's an excerpt:

I was on sabbatical when Jason got his hands on the iPhone prototype.

An hour after the story went live, the phone rang and the number was from Apple HQ. I figured it was someone from the PR team. It was not.

"Hi, this is Steve. I really want my phone back."

He wasn't demanding. He was asking. And he was charming and he was funny. I was half-naked, just getting back from surfing, but I managed to keep my shit together.

"I appreciate you had your fun with our phone and I'm not mad at you, I'm mad at the sales guy who lost it. But we need the phone back because we can't let it fall into the wrong hands."

I thought, maybe its already in the wrong hands?

He continued, "There are two ways we can do this. I can send someone to pick up the phone–"

Me: "I don't have it"

"–But you know someone who does…or we can send someone with legal papers, and I don't want to do that."

He was giving us an easy way out.

I told him I had to talk to my dudes. Before he hung up, he asked me, "What do you think of it?"

I said, "It's beautiful."

14. Finally, some photos of Jobs playing with Photo Booth in 2005.

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