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The modest Silicon Valley ranch-style home where Steve Jobs spent his boyhood may soon be designated as an officially protected historical property. Not that the garage of 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, California isn't already a venerated shrine among the Apple faithful – it's where the Two Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, created the …

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In other news...

In other news today Kwon Oh Hyun, CEO of Samsung purchases a property at 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos California for 3.5 million. He plans to bulldoze the existing structure and put up a parking lot to serve the new flagship Samsung store on the adjacent property..

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Re: In other news...

The Fandroids couldn't wait could they!

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They don't

They don't have many historical places in the USA, they tend to be more recent.

We have the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Winsor, Edinburgh, York and 10 million other historical sites of interest...

The USA has Steve Jobs boyhood home?

Maybe they could put a blue plaque on it.....

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"They don't have many historical places in the USA, they tend to be more recent"

Oh I don't know.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wupatki_National_Monument

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montezuma_Castle_National_Monument

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navajo_National_Monument

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Re: In other news...

I'm thinking I'll flatten the place and replace it with a green waste composting centre...

Selling overpriced (former) crap to idiots who should know better. Could there be a better or more apt tribute?

The only slight problem is compost is useful... I know, I'll dose it with anthrax & call it a 'feature'..

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Re: They don't

>>"They don't have many historical places in the USA, they tend to be more recent"

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wupatki_National_Monument

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montezuma_Castle_National_Monument

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navajo_National_Monument

I think he meant historical places settled by white people or places that matter.

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"I think he meant historical places settled by white people or places that matter"

I think you may find that many historical sites in the US and around the world "that matter" aren't associated with "white people". (Apart from those in Northern Europe, perhaps.)

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Meh

Re: They don't

Indeed, the UK has (oops, make that "had") quite a few monuments for Jimmy Savile.

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Twaddle

What sort of false hero-worship is this? The guy was ruthless, founding a company that sold grossly over-priced flawed products, hyping each incarnation up to the hilt to ensnare vulnerable folk who should have looked elsewhere for a cheaper product that does what they want and need. The guy was only a CEO, for goodness' sake - NOT a saviour of all mankind, as some people seem to believe in their religious fervour. This sort of ridiculous and totally absurd adulation drives me to despair. To preserve his former home, like some sort of religious shrine, is nothing short of madness. What next? Organised trips for the "faithfull" to see an absolutely bog-standard home with nothing out of the ordinary to offer? I'm now lost for words.

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Re: Twaddle

the TL;DR version:-

what the fucking fuck?

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I agree entirely - it's total twaddle. But in balance is it any less relevant than something like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_Admiral_Grove or http://www.ringofstars.ru/across/?p=14955 ?

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How soon before we have to call him Saint Jobs?

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the TL;DR version:-

The American dream

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it will be a museum, where Iphones and ipads will be displays and sirii will speak of the life of steve jobs. children will flock in order to write reports for their history classes.

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Museum

It will be there long after Android has been consigned to history.

Whilst Jobs, Gates and the like were bastards they have helped transform our lives tremendously. You might hate him for being who he is and also for everything Apple has and does do, even the most die-hard fandroid should grudgingly accept that the products that Apple have produced over the years cause whole areas of technology to advance. Ok so they wern't the first in pretty well anything but they have had a knack of making the technology work better than anyone else at the time.

That is his legacy.

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Re: Museum

The HP founding garage at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto is a historical site .

Given that it's arguably the birth place of silicon valley it seems reasonable - whatever you think of their pricing of printer ink.

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Re: Apple [...] cause whole areas of technology to advance

Yeah, them rounded corners have really made a difference !

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It deserves to meet a fate like that of Jacking House

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackling_House

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Re: It deserves to meet a fate like that of Jacking House

Good find!

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Trollface

Don't worry

It will be turned into a parking lot once the apple fad dies off.

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Angel

Crist Drive?

Why stop with memorializing the home when the Los Altos city council is just one simple consonant away from naming the street for Jobs!

(Seriously, you have to respect the work that Jobs did at Apple and Pixar, but he definitely could have had his ego knocked down a couple pegs)

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Couple of pegs??

I'm thinking at least a Jacobs Ladder or two...

The guy was a nasty little sod with zero redeeming features whatsoever. His magnum opus was behind the times then & still is now arguably.. and cost twice its value. He helped destroy privacy with apparent relish and as a person was a grasping money obsessive egomaniac.

I really do wonder how he'll be seen in the future - Jesus 2.0 or a Henry Ford or Walter Disney-esque character of the lovable old businessman who just happened to have a character flaw of being a complete & utter asocial dickwit of truly epic proportions.

Will he be loved or cursed - that's the question...

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Re: Crist Drive?

I think it might be a bit late to knock his ego down at this point...

How does declaring his boyhood home a historic landmark hurt anyone, except the egos of Apple haters who would dislike the nearly 100% positive view most have of Jobs and try to make up for by having a 100% negative view of him which is equally unrealistic.

People outside the US probably don't understand what a historic landmark designation means. In Europe it might mean something, but here it is just used for anything of even the most minor significance - specifically because the US has so little history compared to Europe. There is a house a few blocks from where I live that's on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the first Mennonite Church in the county, and other than being made of brick doesn't look any different from the homes around it. It is barely 100 years old. My entire neighborhood is a "historic district", which just means that you have to jump through a few more hoops to make changes to the structure that might change its character, like replacing windows or siding.

It is only the Register calling it a "shrine". I doubt either the neighbors or the city would tolerate having a bunch of tourists coming through the place. It'll still be just a regular house where people live, they'll just be a bit more restricted in what they can do with it. Primarily they won't be able to knock it down and put up a bigger house there, as is pretty common in places like Palo Alto where the value of the land far exceeds the value of the structure on that land.

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A shrine for the cult.

Seems appropriate to me.

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They should move it.

It could be a shrine in the middle of the new doughnut they want to build.

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Is it "Christ" or "Crist"?

It would be appropriate if the guy that brought us the "Jesus Phone" grew up on Christ Drive...

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some day my home will be a shrine

im already writing my word into a holy book for you to obey later when i die

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Nuke it from orbit

It's the only way to be safe.

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Headmaster

*a-hem*

*sure

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Whats next?

The bag which he used to give himself green tea colonics becomes enshrined as the holy douchebag?

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Re: Whats next?

A douche bag for a douche bag.

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So much hate

So much angst.

??

He was a man just like any other.

Celebrate the new ideas.

Enjoy the tech.

Relax...

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Frankly ...

... I'm surprised that it hasn't been taken down to one wall, and then had nineteen hundred (or so) extra square feet of floor-space added in a so-called "extension", resulting in yet another McMansion on a postage-stamp sized lot.

Seriously, its not important. It's suburbia. Let it go.

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Mushroom

Even better...

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Looks like Heisenberg's house.

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Hey!

My 1956 Livermore "childhood home" should be one too; that's where (at age 12) I built an electronic projectile launcher , a "rail gun," in popular usage, in the bedroom.

Except when I drove by there in 1997 the house was gone and there was a tree stump 70 cm across where it once stood. Tempus omnia vincit. And Dad conspired with the landlord to thwart my aim for fame.

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I wouldn't want to buy it.

1) It's a very average property

2) All the iFans hanging around? No thanks. Same goes for the Amityville Horrors house.

Steve Jobs was just a businessman, a CEO. Maybe I could run bus tours past the hospital where Bill Gates was born and make a mint?

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Really?

> All the iFans hanging around? No thanks.

You don't want vast numbers of people with a proven propensity to be easily swayed by commercials and proven willingness to pay over market price for products, hanging around your property, when you could be selling white plastic iBusts of Jobs to them for $300 each? Where's your entrepreneurial spirit?

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I hadn't actually thought of that... guess I'll never be the glorious visionary Jobs was :-(

sniffle

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Anonymous Coward

In my opinion they ought to burn it down, in consideration that Steve Jobs did more harm to humanity than Ghengis Kahn.

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