Lastest tribute / memories / trend

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Apple

Today’s official tribute to Steve Jobs took place not only at Apple’s campus and stores (that were closed), however also through its website, that displayed an updated list of messages sent by people at rememberingsteve@apple.com (about a new message per 5 seconds).

It uses CSS transforms and transitions, and scripts paths are /stevejobs/scripts/util/UTIL.js and stevejobs/scripts/message.js (retreive messages through an Ajax call). The css paths are /stevejobs/styles/messages-webkit.css, /stevejobs/styles/messages-moz.css and stevejobs/styles/messages-ie.css.

These feels are understandable, and are finally better that some recent comments from famous engineers (this article at cimgf, Why so serious, indeed reports that jealous trend)  :

More recently, perhaps within the last year, there has been a disturbing trend in the community. Surprisingly, sadly, this trend has not come from the new developers but from some of the older grey beards. There has been a trend to “piss on” things written by other developers. A new app comes out, good or bad, and the claws come out. People are quick to blast it; the more press it gets, the more it gets blasted.

We will then instead discover (or read again) this long statement from Steve Jobs back to 2005 during commencement at Stanford university (the video is also available here), notably :

My third story is about death.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Or, as in famous Ubik from Philip K. Dick :

I’m alive and you are dead.

Indeed we learn that Steve Jobs was still working on the next important Apple’s project the day before he died.
And in his latest public message (about he leaving Apple’s head), he provided a clue, in an elegant manner as usual :

Unfortunately the day has come.

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