At least one part of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' life remains stuck in 1984 - his 17,000-acre mansion at Woodside.

Apple's leader must surely regret purchasing the property (in 1984), which now sits unloved and boarded-up while Jobs struggles to secure permission to tear it down.

Yesterday, Jobs suffered a new setback in his struggle to turn the house he regards as a carbuncle into a home - a judge blocked plans to demolish the property, which Jobs calls "ugly".

It's been a long-term battle.

He proposed bringing the house down in June 2004, quickly drawing the ire of local history campaigners, who believe its 1920's construction makes it historical.

The house holds bad memories for Jobs. It was the forum for a doom-laden meeting of Apple staff on June 2 1985. Two days after that meeting Apple CEO John Sculley ousted Jobs as Apple executive vice president and general manager of the Macintosh division.

After fraught negotiations local town planners granted Jobs permission to tear the mansion down, but only after he offered to give it away for free to anyone who wanted to simply transport it elsewhere.

There were no takers.

Local history sticklers objected to the decision and took the case to court, a court which, "tentatively ruled that the town improperly granted Jobs a demolition permit", the Associated Press reports.

Jobs' attorney will appeal against the decision.