Comments on: Remembering Eric P. Scott (eps) Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph's public journal about open source, DevOps, beer, travel, pink gadgets and her life in the city where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:38:56 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ken Lui Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:13:12 +0000 No, I have not kept in touch with neither Jo nor the other Eric.

By: Herb Leong Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:56:15 +0000 Ken,
Are you still in touch with Jo or other Eric (editor) from wetware? And I remember that, uh, incident with the pooged file system. It was not that bad.

By: Sandy Stark Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:11:47 +0000 Thank you for writing such a great story of who Eric was. I knew Eric through our association with MHASF. I did not know him as well as others, but I certainly recognized the person I knew in this post.
He went too early, but happily it was peaceful. Rest well, Eric, and don’t get too frustrated when you look down on us struggling and want to help.

By: Aaron Zorndorf Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:37:06 +0000 Im in the 350 Townsend ST building with John K. above and have know Eric for as long.I’m saddened by this news.He was one of a kind.
He was a very giving and kind, if king of particular and somewhat obsessive.He loved living below the radar, distrusted authority and worked the system better than anyone I know. He was an amazing mind when it came to programming and computer geek stuff.He loved to travel and knew where all the deals were.
He helped many people in our building with any sort of technical problems we had, and would never take any money for it. A pepperoni pizza was enough. I will really miss him, they don’t make ’em like Eric much anymore, a true free spirit, RIP my friend.

By: JOHN KUZICH Wed, 11 Mar 2015 02:59:30 +0000 Ron … do you know how long Eric was dead? I was calling him for weeks and his phone kept picking up. Perhaps it was over a month ago that I did my first death notices search and checked UCSF where I found out that he had been there a while and had recently checked out. That was – perhaps – four or five weeks ago.

I will sure miss him. There are so many things I can thank him for. We were friends since 1995 when he helped me by rewriting all the code for my first website for KMEL. Sat here for 4 hours and I barely knew him at the time. Amazing fellow. He as a kind, gental ( despite his moods ) and very giving person.

– JK

By: Katie Stone Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:55:43 +0000 I met Eric in the early 1990’s at a NeXT party we were hosting. He had been a customer and so meeting him in person was super sweet because he was super sweet. We are just learning today about his untimely passing and we are just tears. He was funny and friendly beyond friendly. What a loss for a huge community. Hugs to his mama and all his mutual friends. We will always remember him with such fondness. I’m remembering his big smile. It was infectious.

By: Ken Lui Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:44:18 +0000 Wow. I’m shocked to find out what happened to Eric. I just asked him what his opinions were re: systemd/init today and just did a web search on how he’s doing.

I met -=eps=- way back in the late 1980s as a member on the BBS called Wetware Diversions in SF. As a UNIX newbie back then, I didn’t realize he was the author of the immortalized programs Rain and Snake.

The get togethers we had from those early days morphed into occasional get togethers when Eric had something new to show on NeXT cubes/workstations at SFSU. Sometimes we would meet at a Chinese restaurant–he loved dim sum. The last time I saw him we met at the Exploratorium before they moved. He showed me the infrastructure they had. At that time, he had gotten into Macs–a shocker coming from someone who said Macs were toys (“enjoying that Macintoy, Ken?”).

When asked about how what he did with computers when he was younger, he told me when he was in high school, he was offered at job either at HP or working with HP computers in New Jersey. Because he lived in New York, he declined. I might have gotten the reasoning mixed up–it’s been years since he told me that story. I looked up to him when I was learning UNIX and would sometimes see him code. I eventually copied his style of leaving out spaces between operators in C code. Some of his posts on Usenet back when it was lively are absolute gems. His undocumentation posts bordered on wizardry!searchin/$20eric$20p.$20scott
NeXT was notorious for not having proper documentation or the binaries were old and had esoteric behavior. Eric’s experience with UNIX helped him expose why NeXT subsystems behaved they way they did.

In my opinion his most memorable post was!topic/

Sorry to learn you had to leave this earth so soon Eric. I will miss you.

By: Shawn Landden Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:34:45 +0000 I am hearing of this late as I moved back to my home town (of Bellingham, WA) from San Francisco, but I certainly do remember Eric for his passion about free software and rail. (both noted here) His purchase of the first generation Nexus 7 convinced me to get one myself, which I had been dilly-dallying on. He will be missed.

By: Paul J. Ste. Marie Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:46:47 +0000 So sad. Lots of memories of long nights in Jorgenson hacking away, Winchell’s runs, and general camaraderie.

Too soon, too young.

By: Joyce Scott Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:13:19 +0000 I just checked and saw more comments about Eric from his friends–which are so much appreciated. I’m very grateful for your taking the time to write about him.