Made first phone call

From: John Foust <>
Date: Mon Sep 27 07:57:29 2004

At 01:50 AM 9/26/2004, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
>On Sun, 26 Sep 2004, jos de waal wrote:
>> I think you're missing the point. I was merely pointing out that
>> contacting a family in mourning about such unimportant matters is,
>> in my opinion, pretty tasteless and could cause unwanted effects.
>No, I think you're missing the point. To say I have no tact or respect
>for wanting to preserve the work Don poured the final years of his life
>into is missing the point. I knew full well the ramifications of calling
>so shortly (relatively) after someone's passing. I also know full well
>the ramifications of waiting too long. I'm not suggesting we play "What
>Would Don Have Wanted?", but what do you think he would've wanted?

I'll make it more general than that: if you think someone has something
that would be valuable to you, tell them. Being two weeks behind the
post-mortem cleanout and Dumpster is one sad thing. Finding out they
threw out something you wanted while they were still alive is another! :-)

So Sellam, what does your will say about your junk? I must admit,
I haven't gotten around to composing a preferred disposition statement,
either. I've tried to think of what it would say. I'd like someone
to triple-backup archive my main workstations, just for posterity.
But then put the media where?

I'd like them to appoint (meaning: hire) someone to notify this list of
the availability of my stuff, then auction and ship.

- John
Received on Mon Sep 27 2004 - 07:57:29 BST

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