Steve Jobs’ Gift Returns Home

Dr Larry Brilliant in Kathmandu, Nepal using Apple II donated by Steve Jobs in 1978

An Apple II computer Steve Jobs donated to the nonprofit Seva Foundation in Nepal more than 30 years ago was recently returned to Jobs’ family at a ceremony in San Francisco. The organization, which helps restore eyesight in the developing world, had used the computer for many years to manage and analyze its data.

Larry Brilliant, a physician who co-founded Seva in 1978, and a long-time friend of the Jobs’ family, wanted to return the computer as a symbol of the charity Steve Jobs offered the foundation when it was just starting out.

Jobs was routinely criticized before his death for his lack of giving, but Dr. Brilliant said, “I do want to counter the meme that he was disinterested in philanthropy and things for the greater good. It wasn’t true.” Jobs also wrote a check for $5,000, which although modest, had a galvanizing effect on other donors, and helped get the fundraising ball rolling for the organization. “Seva wouldn’t exist without that grant,” said Brilliant.

Laurene Powell Jobs accepted the computer with her son, Reed, at a ceremony commemorating the organization’s 35th anniversary. Since its founding, Seva has restored sight to 3.5 million people in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Tibet, India and other countries.

Source: New York Times Bits

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Steve Jobs’ Old Mouse Dug Up in Aspen

Photo of Apple LISAA time capsule that was buried on the grounds of the Aspen Institute during the 1983 International Design Conference was recently dug up by the crew of National Geographic Channel’s Diggers. In it they discovered a piece of tech history–Steve Jobs’ mouse from Apple’s first mass-marketed LISA computer.

Jobs spoke at the conference, then placed his contribution in the 13 foot capsule. It was originally scheduled to be dug up after twenty years, but due to changes with the conference and the landscape, its exact location wasn’t know until now.

In the same time capsule they also found an eight-track recording of The Moody Blues, a Sears Roebuck catalog, a June 1983 copy of Vogue Magazine, a Rubik’s Cube and a six-pack of beer.

To read more about this fun find, click HERE to go to the Aspen Public Radio site.

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The Brown Box

When Steve Jobs passed away in October 2011 he knew who would attend his memorial, who would speak, who would perform and what gift each person would receive as they left the service. Known for his organization and vision, Jobs planned it all.

Jobs gave each person a brown box containing a copy of Autobiography of a Yogi by Hindu guru Paramahansa Yogananda. “That was his message,” friend and colleague Mark Benioff told a tech conference, as reported by CNN. ”He had this incredible realization that his intuition was his greatest gift, and he needed to look at the world from the inside out.”

The spiritual side of Jobs’ personality is often lost in books and movies recounting his legacy. This final gift in the brown box is a reminder that he was far more complex that most ever imagined.

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Giant iPhone Sculpture Honors Steve Jobs in Russia

A new memorial iPhone sculpture paying tribute to Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, was recently unveiled at the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in Russia.  The tribute was designed by local native Gleb Tarasov, and plays a slideshow with photos and video from Jobs’ life. The back of the monument features a giant QR code, which when scanned, takes you to a Steve Jobs memorial website.

Photo of Steve Jobs Memorial in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Steve Jobs’ Elegant Yacht, Venus, Finished a Year After His Death, Powered by iMacs

Photo of Steve Jobs Yacht Venus

Photo of Venus courtesy OneMoreThing

A little more than a year after his death, Steve Jobs’ sleek 260-foot yacht was christened in the Netherlands.

The boat, designed by Jobs and famed minimalist designer Philippe Starck, was named “Venus,” after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, and their three children were there to take part in the unveiling ceremony.

Jobs’ yacht was mentioned in Walter Isaacson’s biography as a project Jobs had been working on since 2009. He said, “I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat. But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”

By all accounts Venus is an extraordinary vessel–constructed of an aluminum hull, teak decks and large panes of floor-to-ceiling glass throughout, designed by the chief engineer of the Apple Stores. The boat is also said to have seven 27-inch iMacs on board, six of which are used to navigate the craft.

The Jobs family thanked each member of the Dutch shipbuilding staff with an elegant thank-you note, along with a token gift of their appreciation — an iPod Shuffle with “Venus” inscribed on the back.

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A Blast From the Past: Woz Presents the Apple Historical Museum

It’s fun to see how it all started. How about that first portable computer? It’s easy to imagine a laptop once you see all the components pulled together in a briefcase. True visionaries.

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Ashton Kutcher to Play Steve Jobs in Upcoming Film

The similarities between a young Steve Jobs and Ashton Kutcher are striking.

Photo of Ashton KutcherDark features. Check. Intense eyes. Check. Thick, floppy hair. Check. Cheshire Cat smile. Check.

It’s a good thing because Kutcher will be starring in an upcoming indie film about Steve Jobs, titled Jobs.

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and written by Matt Whiteley, the film, according to Variety, is expected to chronicle Jobs’s life “from wayward hippie to co-found of Apple.” Production is scheduled to begin in May.

Kutcher is best-known for his role in Punk’d and Two and a Half Men, but he is also known for his tech savvy presence on the web. With more than 10 million followers, he has been crowned the “King of Twitter.” Let’s hope Kutcher’s interest in start-ups and technology helps give him a knowledge base that will add richness and texture to his portrayal of  Jobs’ complex personality .

Sony Pictures is also developing its own Steve Jobs pic, based on Walter Isaacson’s book. Rumor has it that George Clooney or Noah Wiley will play the leading role.


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Apple’s Mystery Third Founding Member: Ronald Wayne

Portrait of Apple Computer Founding member, Ronald WayneThirty-six years ago this month, Apple Computer was founded in Silicon Valley. Three people started it: two are household names–Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak–and the third is somebody few people know–Ronald Wayne.

Wayne, who was nearly two decades older than the young whiz kids, was instrumental in writing up the contract formally launching Apple. In the legal document he scripted, both Jobs and Wozniak would receive 45% of the company, and Wayne would receive 10%, or approximately $800 at the time.

Fearing financial risk, however, Wayne walked away after just twelve days.

How much would his 10% be worth today?


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Waiting for Apple

It’s been nearly three weeks since we submitted Steve & i to Apple’s iTunes store. We’re hoping that iPad owners will be able to view Steve & i in gorgeous hi-def soon–on the device Steve Jobs was so proud of creating.

We’ll keep you posted!

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