“Apple Inc.’s Steve Jobs, a year after getting a liver transplant that saved his life, is back at work full tilt, overseeing product development, leading a campaign against Adobe Systems Inc.’s Flash and endorsing a California law that promotes organ donations,” Connie Guglielmo reports.

“While he remains thin and talks with acquaintances about his struggle to put on weight, Jobs is coping well with his health issues following last year’s surgery, according to people close to him who asked not to be named because they’re not authorized to speak for Jobs or Apple,” Guglielmo reports. “Jobs’s hands-on approach to Apple’s operations instills confidence among investors, who credit him with making the once- ailing computer maker a leader in smartphones and digital music. They’re relying on his attention to detail as Apple closes in on Microsoft Corp. as the most valuable U.S. technology company and embarks on a battle with Google Inc. in mobile advertising.”

MacDailyNews Take: “As Apple closes in on Microsoft Corp. as the most valuable U.S. technology company.” Sweet words that we always believed would come true, if for no other reason than to restore karmic balance to the universe (the cheating, mediocre student should never exceed the master).

Guglielmo continues, “‘Except for the fact that he’s lost a lot of weight, he’s the Steve Jobs of old,’ said Tim Bajarin, who has followed Apple for more than two decades as founder of technology consulting firm Creative Strategies in Campbell, California. ‘At the visionary level, technology and design level, he seems to be working at the same level as he was before he was sick. If I was an investor, I’d be thrilled.'”

“‘Steve Jobs is back and I think he’s invigorated because of the release of the iPad,’ said Michael Yoshikami, who oversees about $1 billion, including Apple shares, as chief investment strategist for YCMNet Advisors in Walnut Creek, California,” Guglielmo. “‘He’s fully operational.'”

“He’s open enough to discussing his life that he’s cooperating on a biography. Former Time magazine editor Walter Isaacson, author of best-selling biographies on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, is writing the book, with cooperation from Apple’s usually recalcitrant CEO,” Guglielmo reports. “‘Every time I hear him, he’s doing a lot of work and a lot of thinking that’s involved in that work, and those things sort of go away if you’re very worried about your health,’ said Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who says he speaks periodically to Jobs.”

‘People like Steve Jobs have a different operating system from you and me,’ said Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple employee who helped promote the Mac when it was released in 1984,” Guglielmo reports. “‘In his eyes, I don’t think anything is impossible.'”

Much more from Connie The Vulture in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Doug S.” for the heads up.]