PKZips Phil Katz dead

From: Russ Blakeman <>
Date: Thu Apr 27 18:15:53 2000

It was on the fornt page yesterday (4/26) of's home page. I
always thought he was older than me but it seems I'm 6 years older - he is/was
just 37 at passing. As for the alcoholism I think it's just a part of the
basement programmer's life he chose since he's shown signs back even in the DOS
days of having substance and/or personality problems.

Marvin wrote:

> I just received this notice from a friend of mine. This was the first notice
> I had seen. Anyone know any more of the details?
> This appears to be a revisionist report with regard to why Pkzip was
> created. I still have some of the email (somewhere) that circulated from
> both Katz and the creators of ARC when the creators of ARC sued Katz for
> IIRC having something to do with PKARC not being 100% compatible with the
> widely used ARC compressions scheme used.
Received on Thu Apr 27 2000 - 18:15:53 BST

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