It’s a sad day in tech ladies and gentlemen. One of the most influential men of our time, a man that has changed the world of technology, business, and so much more in the last 35 years… has passed away at the age of 56.

Jobs has been suffering with a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer for quite some time. His fight was long and he’d been losing a lot of weight for a long time. Jobs had undergone a liver transplant in April 2009 during an earlier planned six-month leave of absence. He returned to work for a year and a half before his health forced him to take more time off. He resigned as Apple’s CEO to take the Job as Apple’s Chairman of the board in August, quoted saying “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Steve’s vision has shaped the way we interact with the world today. His rough and stubborn attitude for perfection was unyielding. His love for Apple… indescribable.

His products have even changed my entire outlook for the future. As a computer science student, I found quite quickly that I hated where I was going, and was bored rapidly with the subject, and with college in general. Then I found the Macbook. It was the most interesting and entertaining piece of technology I had ever held. The camera on the front, the iLife suite packed inside, and the endless possibilities that were in store for me with it. I realized my love for movies, and my love for creating film and video… because of what Apple created. It’s largely impacted me, and has largely shaped who I am today.

Nothing will ever change that. He’s impacted the lives of BILLIONS of people. Not many can match that. Although many in the past have questioned his methods, he stood firm in what he believed in, and that firm belief led to amazing success. His company, Apple, founded on April 1, 1976 has become a legendary enterprise, and has given birth to a technological culture that stood by him and his vision like no other business-customer relationship ever has.

His memory will live on in us all. The way we see the web. The way we gather information. The way I sit here and type a story onto the internet. The way my mouse moves across the screen to click Publish on the WordPress Dashboard… this man made this happen. Perhaps not him alone. Of course not. But he did it. Typography, Easy-to-use interfaces, the mouse, the basic structure of the GUI in computers that we still see to this day, and of course the App Store. Most importantly… It’s what he has done for us. What can you credit to Steve Jobs? How has his work touched you? Is it in your PC? Is it in your phone? Is it in your iPod Touch? Have you seen a Pixar movie that made you smile? Emotion. That’s what this man gave the world. An emotion, and a dream of global proportions. He will be missed by billions of people, no more so than his family.

Jobs leaves behind his wife, four children, two sisters, and 49,000 Apple employees. You can see the photo above at Apple.com

Please HotTips! Community…. I invite you to share your stories. History. Share what this man did for you. This man’s work is way deeper than just Apple products and services. It’s heavily influenced everyone, and every product. Share how this makes you feel. Share anything you’d like in the comments below. You can also share your memories and condolences by emailing [email protected]

Rest in Peace Mr. Jobs. Remember that you were never alone, and you never will be. Your suffering can end. Your body can rest. Your spirit moves on to a better place. Your memories, and the memories of your family, friends, co-workers, and fans, will last forever.

I leave you all today with this amazing Quote from Steve:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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