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Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

"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." – This quote is probably the most shared and emotional from numerous Steve’s quotes…

He is not among us anymore. After the long and tiring struggle with the pancreatic cancer, at the age of 56, Steve died peacefully yesterday, surrounded by his family. He no longer lives in the world, that only he managed to change!

I’ve heard the news from Mark Zuckerberg, sharing a status update several hours ago: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”… All I can add to this is that not just a mentor, but a phenomenal one!

He changed the way we watch movies, surf the net, listen to music, take pictures… Changed these all to better, convenient and darn easy way! He changed the way we think; now we think different. He managed to actually change the world! As president Barack Obama commented: “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”

Statement from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, published on Microsoft Official website today, says:
“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, News Corp., Twitter (with the CEO Dick Costolo saying: “Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement”) – fanboys and haters, friends and foes- all expressed their sympathies and all admitted (no matter the past competition and tense relationship) that Steve was an unrepeatable GENIUS!

The new era of the technology starts today, and deal with it, because now the world will suck a bit more without Steve’s love for perfection, his hyperbolic obsession with magical devices, his jeans and black shirt,   insanely great ideas and booms and "one more" things…