Even as I hold back tears, the frequent sobs and the occasional choke, all I have been doing since I woke up to Steve Jobs’ news is surfing the web, checking my Twitter, Google+, Reader and Facebook for anything beyond the preemptive obituary every media publication already had prepared and constantly updated for years. I was looking for features that shared some experiences a reporter had with Jobs, some insights from people who have seen him up and getting caught up in his ‘reality distortion field’ or just have something that is not a boring obituary. I’m sure there are a lot of you who are looking for similar stuff. So read on for my compilation of features you shouldn’t miss, which I will keep updating as and when I see something new and worthwhile. Do ping me if you find anything interesting and I will add them to this curated list. Also Read - Samsung to roll out cloud gaming service on Tizen smart TVs
UPDATE: Thanks Ab for pointing out the The Wirecutter post. Added it to the list. Keep ’em coming, fellas. Hat tip to @punkedge and @vipansh. Also Read - YouTube has reached 50 million music and premium subscribers
The Steve Jobs I knew – Walt Mossberg, WSJ
Mossberg shares his personal meetings with Jobs, including one when Jobs invited him to his house after his liver transplant.
A front row seat to Steve Jobs’ career – Robert Scoble, The Next Web
This piece first appeared when Steve Jobs handed over the reigns to Tim Cook earlier this year. Scoble tells the world why he chose to take a front row seat for Jobs’ iPad 2 keynote address building it up to his own association with Apple, an insight on Jobs and Apple after Jobs.
Steve Jobs: Imitated, never duplicated – David Pogue, The New York TImes
Pogue tells us why we failed to see Jobs’ vision when he removed features (floppy drives, ethernet ports, Flash…) while his competitors were busy adding new stuff. The headline says the rest.
The Tao of Steve – Om Malik, GigaOm
Rarely does Om Malik remove his journalist hat and write emotionally about people he covers. Read this story of how Steve Jobs became his Elvis.
Steve Jobs greatest achievements – Michael Calore, Wired
More of a resource than thought provoking or a teary eyed farewell, this one is simply a slideshow for Steve Jobs’ achievements through his products. A handy resource for a quick trip down the memory lane. Many of you might even have most of the gadgets that make this list.
Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me (Or, Regrets of An Asshole) – Brian Lam, The Wirecutter
Hear from the guy whose team (Gizmodo) stole Apple’s thunder by showing off a lost iPhone 4 to the world. Must read to see how Steve Jobs reacted to the incident and how Lam now thinks it wasn’t the best thing to do what they did.
Steve Jobs and the reserved seat – Alex Heath, CultofMac
Sentimental stuff, about how a reserved seat in the front row at Tuesday’s Let’s Talk iPhone event could have been for Jobs. Go there for the photograph.
And one more thing – Prasanto K Roy, PKR.in
Usually an Apple critic for the company’s closed-ecosystem and non-compliance with standards (why no micro USB?) Cyber Media‘s Prasanto K Roy’s tribute to Steve Jobs shows how even he could not escape Jobs’ reality distortion field during his only meeting with the legend.
Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs – David Sheff, Playboy
The unlikeliest of places where you’d expect a Steve Jobs interview, but that’s what he did in 1985. Must read. Period.
My experience with Jobs and Apple – Allen Paltrow
Steve Jobs called him Apple’s biggest fan. Go read. (Thanks @santhosh for the tip.)
Icon Ambulance – Vic Gundotra
Not sure how I missed it (thanks @santhosh, again) but this piece by Google Vic Gundotra on the day Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO reminds us of why Jobs was such as special person.
Steve Jobs: He Brought the Show to Business – David Carr, Media Decoder, The New York Times
Carr gives a unique perspective of how Steve Jobs made business journalism a cool beat to cover.
My neighbor, Steve Jobs – Lisen Stromberg, Patch.com
Living in Palo Alto had its perks. Well, you could be Steve Jobs neighbor and have kids in the same class as his. That’s exactly who Lisen Stromberg is, who penned this piece when Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO. Read how a star-struck mother eventually found out the human-aspect of Steve Jobs and became the coolest mom in the neighborhood.
Eric Schmidt on Steve Jobs – Eric Schmidt, Bloomberg Businessworld
Google’s former CEO and current chairman, Eric Schmidt, did business with Steve Jobs when he was unceremoniously kicked out of his own company and he started NeXT (Schmidt was with Sun at that time). Later, when Schmidt joined Google as its CEO for “adult supervision” for its young co-founders, he also sat on Apple’s board. Things went sour when Jobs learnt Google will compete with Apple’s iPhone by developing its Android smartphone operating system. However, Schmidt would be one of the few people who have known Jobs for so long and have actively done business with him. This piece does not talk about any disagreements or controversies, just an anecdotal, heartfelt piece about Steve Jobs’ passion and vision.
Steve Jobs on the birth of the Mac – Tom Zito, Newsweek
This epic 1984 interview appeared in a special magazine of Newsweek called Access. Here Steve Jobs basically predicts the future of the role PCs will play in our lives, the emergence of always-with-us tablets and smartphones along with Siri-like voice-based assistant (announced earlier this week). Again, a must read.
WSJ has posted a clipping from December 12, 1980 – the day Apple Computer went public. Massachusetts residents were barred from buying Apple shares as the stock was considered too risky.
Stumbled upon this site, PINE APPLE – Pining for Apple, which has Apple videos from the eighties as well as magazine covers where Steve Jobs has been featured.
Hong Kong teenager, Jonathan Mak‘s, tribute to Steve Jobs has become an Internet hit with job offers and requests to use it in memorabilia.
A Tumblr account has come up that’s uploading pictures from impromptu Steve Jobs tributes at Apple Stores across the world. Check it out here.
I’m assuming you have heard Steve Jobs’ greatest speech ever, but here’s the video from his Stanford commencement address of 2005, just in case.
Another video doing the rounds today is an unreleased ‘Think Different’ ad campaign with Steve Jobs narrating the script.
And of course, Apple first Macintosh ad from 1984.
Got hold of Steve Jobs’ “Look I am on television” moment on YouTube. Yeah, his first ever appearance on television and he is ready to throw up. Who knew, eh?
AP’s interview with the other Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, where he tearfully remember his life-long friend and calls him John Lennon of the tech industry.
Another video from Macworld 2007, when Steve Jobs prank-called the local Starbucks and ordered 4,000 cups of lattes from the iPhone (it was first introduced to the world during that keynote address).