It’s hard to express the intelligence I came up against every time I had a question about technology. Answers would come my way and I would be floored and impressed. Often, I had to answer emails back and say “uh… so… I’m going to need that in layman’s terms, please”.

If he ever thought I was a bit uneducated or not very smart, he never let on. Granted, I don’t believe I am dumb, definitely not, but sometimes his vocabulary was beyond impressive.

Today I am sad at the passing of an internet friend with some of the same beliefs and objectives that I happen to have. It was a shocking realization but I knew something was not quite right when his website went silent and the email answer did not come.

Alas, too many are dying. Or perhaps I’m just getting older and knowing more people. In the last two years, there have been many and not for the reason everyone assumes. It makes me feel empty and, although I am not alone, it makes me feel lonely.

We all know we must die but I have a hunch it’s still surprising to us when it happens.

Update: The site under the heading of Alexandria ( has been parked. The owner’s wife once told me she didn’t know what would come of the site and apparently a decision was made and it was not renewed. I will miss my friend and his writings and am sad to think that all he wrote and all of his guest’s posts may never be seen again. I hope his writings were saved somewhere in his files for posterity sake. This is a reminder that, once a person is gone, their work on the internet may simply disappear.

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