The Internet had no shortage of great articles on Steve Jobs at press time. Aside from the run-of-the-mill news articles and obituaries, there are some standout articles and blog posts from people with special insight and personal experiences with the Apple co-founder. Here are some of the better ones that Billboard.biz ran across in the hours following the announcement of Jobs’ death.
— The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, the dean of technology journalism, had one of the better articles on Jobs to hit the Internet Wednesday evening. Mossberg ventured beyond the standard platitudes to talk about his more personal moments with Jobs — the Sunday night phone calls, the product demonstrations, a joint appearance with Bill Gates that was almost derailed, and the iPod. “I was amazed that a computer company would branch off into music players, but he explained, without giving any specifics away, that he saw Apple as a digital products company, not a computer company.”
— Facebook co-founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his own site to thank Jobs. “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.” That short post had an amazing 149,000 likes and 12,000 comments by 11p.m. Eastern Time.
— Google co-founder Larry Page posted at his Google+ page. “His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well.”
— Tech blog Gizmodo opted for a video tribute rather than a written obit. It’s a take on Apple’s “Think Different” motto.
— Lots of great Jobs stories in this post from former Gizmodo editor Brian Lam. One funny part describes a call he got right after Gizmodo broke the story about an iPhone 4 prototype that Gizmodo acquired (after an Apple employee left it in a bar). It was Jobs on the line. “Hi, this is Steve. I really want my phone back.”
— Did you know Jobs’ name is on 317 Apple patents? The New York Times runs through some of the products and their components that resulted from Jobs’ passion for well-designed hardware and software.
— Was Steve Jobs a perfect CEO? “Well, name a better one,” Steve Levy wrote at his Facebook page. Levy, who has written a number of books on Jobs and Apple, then linked to his Sept. 27 article at Wired.com titled “Steve Jobs, the Perfect CEO” that offers a look into Jobs as both a CEO and a person. “For Jobs, running Apple was the pinnacle,” Levy wrote. “After receiving treatment for a life-threatening cancer, all he wanted to do, besides enjoy his family, was run Apple.”
— President Obama remembered Jobs as a story of American ingenuity in a blog post at the White House website. “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”
— The “Jobs vs. Gates” debate is brought up in an excellent and thorough article by the San Jose Mercury News’ Bruce Newman. The quote comes from technology forecaster Paul Saffo: “A hundred years from now, when people talk about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, Gates is going to be remembered for his philanthropy, not technology, the same way people remember Andrew Carnegie for the money he gave to education, not the fortune he made in steel. But what they’re going to say about Steve Jobs is that he led a revolution.”
— Jobs impacted the Arab Spring revolution, too.