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Off the job; Apple co-founder ailing.


We know human life is fragile. Machines tend to outdo us on that score, with their ability to be oiled, calibrated, debugged and replaced.

Still, it's jarring news and sad that one of the most innovative machine-makers in history, Steven Jobs, is stepping down as chief executive of Apple because of ill health.

Only 56, Mr. Jobs fought pancreatic cancer in 2004, and two years ago received a liver transplant. Details are few, as Mr. Jobs keeps his personal life quite private. We can only hope for the best for him. Beyond that, his creative and business genius have had an indelible impact on the world, helping make computers and other electronic products staples of our lives - products we almost, anymore, can't imagine life without.

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Date:Aug 26, 2011
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