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Steve Jobs, Apple, and Palo Alto

Original post made by Fred Balin, College Terrace, on Sep 14, 2011

Steve Jobs rarely looks to the past; it is the present state of his art and his inexorable drive toward the next big thing that dominates.

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Posted by Dan Tuerk
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 15, 2011 at 7:48 am

Beautifully done Fred. As nice a tribute to a man and a company that there could be.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm


Bill Gates made his $ billions and has devoted a significant amount of his fortune to philanthropy--same with Warren Buffet and most other billionaires.

They leave a legacy and give back.

Jobs has done nothing like that

--it is Jobs money and, of course, he can do what he wants with it--and he has kept it all--apart from some small political contributions.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2011 at 3:35 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Woz did the giveaways; Job put his back into the product. While it is not my cup of tea, I can appreciate it.
Fred, you did good.


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Posted by Neil Strudwick
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I do like how Stteve Jobs builds on and learns from his past failures. His driving passion for his company was always Apple.

Apple as a company is great at pairing things down to their lowest common denominator, giving the user everything they need and cutting out the unecessary stuff that everyone else likes to throw into their products to compete against Apple.

Interesting read Fred. You did your homework! Some things that I did not realize such as the video editing product from Macromedia. It all makes sense really!


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm


Woz and Jobs separated their business relationship more than 30 yrs ago.

The fact is that Jobs gives none of his billions to charity--unlike Gates, Buffet, Ford, Mellon, Stanford, Carnegie, and many others.

Jobs leaves a legacy of greed and narcissism --but it is his money--he can use it to buy livers or whatever he wants--for himself.

Nothing illegal about that--what do you think?


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Posted by Yani
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

So Jobs is actually from Mountain View? Hmm.


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Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Fred Balin is a registered user.

Actually he was born in San Francisco, Yani. But's a whole other story.


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Posted by Rene
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 17, 2011 at 5:44 am

A teacher from Mountain View once unsuccessfully asked him to donate money to the schools.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Apparently a number of charities and relief organizations have asked for Jobs support

They are all turned down very cold.

Jobs seems to have defined his legacy as a man of ruthless self interest.

Contrast that with the late Ken Oshman, who gave $10 million to the PA Jewish center, and a similar amount to Stanford.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2011 at 4:43 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Perhaps Jobs feels his contributions are better served going other than to conventional charities. PERHAPS HE CONTRIBUTES ANONYMOUSLY!!!


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 18, 2011 at 7:27 am

"Apparently a number of charities and relief organizations have asked for Jobs support

They are all turned down very cold."

Okay, Sharon let's see you proof for these claims?
How would you actually know?
As Walter points out, maybe Jobs contributes anonymously. Also surprised by Sharon's praising of Ken Oshman, given her previous comments about Israel and the Jews
Looks like Sharon has found her latest target.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm



In fact-one of the first thing Jobs did when he became CEO again of Apple was to end the Apple philanthropic department--dead and cold.

All other major corporations in the Valley have huge philanthropic departments

--Apple has Zero

--on Jobs specific orders.

His wife did some minor charity with her own money

But Jobs did not and does not support any charity--his choice--his money


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

Proof please, Sharon. You are quick to throw out unsubstantiated claims, especially when you target someone for the "sharon treatment".
Looks like STeve Jobs is your latest target. Let's see some evidence for your claims.
How do you know that Steve Jobs does not contribute anonymously?? Not everyone has to do thing sin the open just to satisfy Sharon.


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Posted by DZ
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

Hi Sharon,
Compare what Jobs has done to this country and to all the people.
"Philanthropic" is just lazy rich people trying to buy some applause from people like you. It shows their lacking of vision and leadership to the real world.
Besides, why do you complain people don't donate? It is not your business what people do with the money they made from hard working and innovating. Back off, try to live a life that is productive and self-sustain.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm



As you know--- our comment was posted on on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm

We have a policy of never speaking ill of the recently departed.

Condolences to the Jobs family

"May his soul and the souls of all the departed faithful by God's mercy rest in peace."


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Posted by Svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Yes, sharon only speaks ill of those that are still living and when she does..... BTW, who is we? Who else are you speaking for besides yourself? IMHO, sharons comment above does nothing to erase her previously posted, nasty comments.


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