Steve Jobs' Passing Is a Sad Milestone

By San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Mercury News - October 6, 2011

The death of Steve Jobs on Wednesday was a sad milestone for Silicon Valley, for the world technology industry and certainly for everyone who has personally experienced the man's energy, creativity and epic charisma. What a different place this valley would have been without him -- and what a different world without his vision, which changed the way we work and the way we live.

His departure from Apple in August was laden with sadness, since it was clear then that his long struggle with pancreatic cancer was nearing its end. Our editorial at that time had the overtones of a passing rather than a resignation. Here is what we said:

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