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Report claims Steve Jobs is using his computer less

updated 11:30 pm EST, Mon February 23, 2009

Steve Jobs rumor

A rumor claims that Steve Jobs has been using his computer less since taking his six-month leave of absence, according to a report by Robert X Cringely, the pen name used by former PBS journalist Mark Stephens. The source, a friend of Cringely, has allegedly been one of Jobs' Internet chat contacts for years. The Apple CEO historically would spend hours a day logged into a chat client, a habit that continued into his leave of absence. "But then Steve started logging-on less and less. And several weeks ago he stopped logging-on at all," Cringely said.

"Steve Jobs has stopped using his computer. He's off curing himself of something he won't name and in some manner we can't know but I CAN tell you right now it doesn't involve using his computer," Cringely wrote, although his concrete conclusion appears to be drawn solely from information regarding instant messenger habits.

The iconic CEO and his company have remained silent on the issue since the announcement that he would take time off to address his heath problems. Despite attempts to keep everything wrapped up as a "private matter," Jobs initially blamed his gaunt appearance on a "hormonal imbalance" that required simple treatment. Just nine days later, however, he admitted that his health issues were more complex than he originally thought.

Shareholders have voiced frustration with the situation, with suggestions that any serious health issues should not be hidden from the public, as he is considered by many to be a significant factor when looking at the company from an investment standpoint. The SEC even launched an investigation into the matter, viewing his departure as sudden. The commission could find foul play if Jobs was aware of serious complications while telling the public of a simple hormonal imbalance.

Jobs will not be present at Apple's annual shareholders' meeting scheduled for February 25th, marking his first absence since returning to the company in 1996. "The company has a responsibility to let public shareholders know that the organizational structure will be sound if Steve Jobs has to leave for any reason," said Ryan Jacob, head of the Jacob Internet Fund.

by MacNN Staff





  1. MattJeff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get well Steve

    We miss ya.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fowl Play?


  1. Arclite

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Fowl" play?

    What are you suggesting?

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Fowl" play..

    Maybe someone from the linux camp has something to do with this?

  1. lowededwookie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe he's just tired

    Jobs used to be a hippie so maybe he's decided smoking (medicinal) pot to help with his cancer is better than talking to losers that have nothing better to do than make up uninformed bollocks about his health on a method of communication that just sucks the life out of anyone using it.

    Jobs has never struck me as being a nerd so I figure he likes a little something called sun light that clearly these shills have never heard of because they're constantly trying to make up complete c*** all the time.

  1. slur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gee whiz

    Steve is just resting, people. Let him rest in peace!

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Really it's come to this.

    Don't these people have better things to do with their lives? Children, education, jobs of their own (no pun intended). Who cares, the guy took a leave of absence, let him be.

    Quit speculating on pointless aspects of the man's life. "Oh Steve started buying honey nut Cheerios instead of regular, he must be trying to get more fiber to help his immune system fight off the rare infectious virus he's got!" Really people come on analyzing the frequency of his on-line chatting.

    Get a life.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What does Dr Jamba Juice employee (or whoever the h*** it was) have to say about the situation?

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    DRE Award

    This takes the award for Dumbest Rumour Ever.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fowl play

    So why would the commission care if he's playing with birds or not? are CEO's not allowed to associate with poultry?

    I suspect FOUL play....

    could someone direct the MacNN monkeys at the keyboard where he can find the dictionary please?

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