Cringely, the pen name of former InfoWorld and PBS columnist Mark Stephens, sets it up with a quote from Oscar Wilde (“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”) and a leisurely discourse on how Steve Jobs, after his bout with pancreatic cancer (link), shifted from skillfully managing the press to skillfully avoiding it.
Then Cringely drops his little bombshell:
But Cringely goes one further and asserts, without further evidence, that Steve Jobs has completely stopped using his computer.
Of course, not
logging on to chat doesn’t necessarily mean any such thing, as several readers were quick to point out in the I, Cringely comment stream. It could mean that Jobs is concentrating on getting better, as he said he would. He
might also, as another reader suggests, have changed his chat name or de-listed his friend’s ID.
And perhaps, as several commenters assert with some heat, Steve Jobs’ health issues are none of Cringely’s — or any of our — business. “Who the [unprintable] cares?”
To which Cringely replies:
A source known to have Steve Jobs on his Internet chat client declined to confirm — or deny — that Jobs has gone offline. Apple has yet to return a request for comment.