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Steve Jobs eulogy by his sister Mona Simpson

October 31, 2011

I’ve been quite taken by the life and death of Steve Jobs the last few years.

The phenomenal success of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have been astonishing. You can’t help but pay attention.

But ever since I watched Steve Jobs’ 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University, I’ve been fascinated and inspired by his viewpoints on life, and perhaps even more, death.

I don’t think most people talk about death. And I think that’s a shame. Because being more deliberately aware of death provides an opportunity to be more consciously aware of life, and hopefully, more appreciative of this time we have here together.

Now with the release of the only authorized biography of Steve Jobs, entitled Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, we’ve been seeing excerpts and press from all angles. Walter Isaacson even appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN and talked about Steve.

Yesterday, the New York Times published Steve’s sister Mona Simpson’s October 16, 2011 eulogy of Steve delivered at the Memorial Church of Stanford University. I read it, cried throughout, and openly sobbed and wept upon completing it. Perhaps it’s not really that moving. Somehow for me though it is.

I am so inspired by the way this man approached death, eyes wide open, surrounded by the ones he loved, giving and receiving comfort, love, and support all the while.

Clearly, he was a remarkable man, with an extraordinary spirit. Despite whatever harsh manner he’s known for around the workplace, this man was clearly inspired and there was something special here. If nothing else, just the way he approached everything with such deliberate consciousness.

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Save Time with Internet Explorer Shortcuts

August 21, 2009

Just published my latest article “Save Time with Internet Explorer Shortcuts” in Computor Companion. It tells you all the keyboard shortcuts you can use to speed up your life in Internet Explorer. This is my first article in Computor Companion. Here’s a list of my articles in another excellent free online publication TechTrax.

Check out the new Andreessen Horowitz Venture Capital Fund

July 6, 2009

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz announced yesterday the creation of their new VC fund called Andreessen Horowitz. I think it’s a great name. 🙂 They have $300 million to invest in technology startups in chunks between $50,000 and $50,000,000.

You can read all about the new Andreessen Horowitz fund at Andreessen’s blog. The blog announcement is interesting because it goes into detail about their goals and philosophies on internet ventures and the industry. (No, it’s not boring…) Andreessen, born in 1971, literally invented the first web browser, Mosaic, while a student at the University of Illinois. When he went commercial with Mosaic, the name was changed to Netscape. Before Microsoft killed it (see Browser Wars on Wikipedia) Netscape was the most popular web browser. Netscape’s IPO made quite a number of people extremely rich.

Ben Horowitz has been Andreessen’s partner for 15 years. Andreessen created Ning, a professional social networking site (like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that is gaining popularity. Andreessen and Horowitz’s immediately prior venture, Opsware, was bought by Hewlett-Packard  in July 2007 – just before our latest economic crash – for $1.6 billion. He is currently on the boards of Facebook and eBay.

Andreessen is a major proponent and driving force in blogging.

Besides reading his blog, you can find our more about Andreessen on Wikipedia. Ben Horowitz has no Wikipedia page yet, but I bet he will soon.

Go Horowitz!