Ein herber Schlag für die Proxomitron-Gemeinde und sicherlich ganz besonders für seine Familie und Freunde!
Vielleicht ist dies der richtige Moment, um einfach mal danke für sein Lebenswerk zu sagen...
This afternoon presented itself with grave news when Scott's sister notified me that her brother, Scott R. Lemmon, passed away on the first of May, 2004. Many of you know Scott as the author of Proxomitron, the local web proxy that changed so many peoples lives on the Internet. TechTV presented a whole segment on the Proxomitron application. Scott's genius is very evident in his legacy to the World Wide Web in fighting spyware and protecting their privacy thru Proxomitron. Everyone loved Scott and his work. A simple search of the full P word at Google reveals 259,000 matches. His work touched so many lives.
I first met Scott about three years ago when looking for a privacy application to protect me while surfing. I tried WebWasher, Naviscope, Junkbuster, and others including Proxomitron. After some rigorous testing Proxomitron took first prize, above and beyond all others. I was in awe of the work Scott was doing at the time and so took up the cause to learn about it and help others like so many wonderful users do even today.
Scott offered the program under a license: Shonenware. This means if you liked Proxomitron (Proxo) and wished to contribute financially, Scott asked folks to buy a CD of Shonen Knife. He asked for nothing more in return, and in my knowing Scott, he very much enjoyed working with users to help them secure their browsing privacy.
Forums and website came to life all over the world, in all kinds of tongues. Computer Cops became an official download and support site, joining a big list of official supporters. And true to his self, Scott even hosted the forum onsite.
He was a man apart from any other. With all the intense development and support, he still had time to visit all the forums and make everyone feel special. Scott showed consistently how deep and wide his net of care and love went. Personally, his work touched me more than anyone else to-date. I talked about Scott and the work he did consistently to all my friends and colleagues. I will sorely miss my friend, as I'm sure the whole Internet community will lament his passing. Even after work on Proxomitron had ended, a tribute site went online.
I'd like to personally wish my sincerest condolences for Scott's family in their time of mourning and great loss. As much an impact as he's made on our lives, his genius could have only been truly understood and appreciated by those closest to him. Thank you Scott for sharing yourself and your work with us, the community-at-large, your family online. You are sorely missed oh great one, but your legacy lives on.
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