gofundme Medical Expenses - Ed Hew

unsure if this is allowed or not, but, here goes.

some of you may remember ed.

some, maybe not.

but, as the uucp maps maintainer for canada, he was quite influential in
the rise of email, and to some degree, the internet, in canada.


So often we report here on nanog the passing of major Internet contributors, it seems even more fitting that we support these contributors when they’re in need through no fault of their own. Thanks for posting this, Jim.


unrelated, but, David Tilbrook, an early Unix pioneer, passed away a week or
so ago. due to COVID.


Hi Jim,

This is a lie. If you weren't sure, you'd have asked if it was ok to
do the thing without actually doing the thing. That you went ahead and
did it says you were pretty sure it was against the rules and figured
you could get away with it. You may be right but the lie compounds the

I'm sorry to hear about Ed. Nevertheless, a lot of us are getting on
in age and health and the Internet doesn't need another mailing list
about how sad it is to grow old.

May I suggest: spend a line in your signature block on the off-topic
things you want folks on this group to know. And then attach it only
to messages which are on topic.

Bill Herrin


So, we can only mention in this forum the actual death of Internet pioneers, such as Mark Crispin, Jon Postel, and Jeanette Symons?

What if the person’s health is tied to a major infrastructure component, such as http://www.registry.ca? No? Not a valid “operational” case?

Your position seems to be “let us nip this in sad news the bud, before it spreads”. Because, I guess, there are literally millions of selfless Internet pioneers, and we don’t want NANOG to be flooded with their memories, or at least their pleas for modest assistance as a token of appreciation for their lifetime of contribution.

“NANOG owes them nothing!”, you didn’t say, but I heard.



Fundraiser by Jim Mercer : Ed Hew - Medical Expenses

Just a headsup for those outside of Canada. My transaction was processed
in CAD instead of USD. Not that I care as amex doesn't charge foreign fees
on my card, but if you have a choice of creditcards, pick the right one.



there are a myriad of lists focused on free speech issues, and domestic and
international politics of all kinds.

how relative those are to the NANOG focus is pretty much up in the air.

there have been any number of threads, short, or overly long about the
deaths of contributors, so, i don't feel the least bit guilty for starting
this one about someone not quite there.

to each his own.


i could be wrong, but i think gofundme selects the currency based on who
sets up the fund, which in my case, is canada.


Guys, let’s maybe turn the temperature down a bit.

And I generally don't complain. It's not as if every one of my posts
has been flawlessly on topic. But when I do deliberately break the
rules, I try not to prefix it by pretending otherwise. And you're not
reporting on Ed's passing, you're making a money pitch on an
ends-justify-the-means basis.

Bill Herrin


I think it’s fair to defend good and decent ideas on NANOG.

In my opinion, it’s a good and decent idea that we spend a tiny amount of bandwidth acknowledging Internet pioneers and helping them as they encounter unexpected adversity. Jim’s posting of Ed Hew’s GoFundMe is just such a good and decent idea. I think Jim for it.

Not all of us are blessed with well-paying jobs and benefits at Fortune 500 companies. And health crises can strike any of us.

There, but for the grace of God, go we all.


I personally have no issue with the OP, or the idea of recognizing the work of those who have come before.

I just don’t want to see this devolve into a pissing match that ends up requiring a rule to be created about such things.

if we created rules for everything on this list that turned into a pissing match, we would have a lot of rules.


that being said, it was not my intent to start a deluge of requests for money,
or in memorial posts.

and, even if it did, those threads would soon die off, as with all the other


Let me say a few words about David Tilbrook.

Unlike the author of that very nice linked article below I knew David
quite well. I co-chaired a couple of Usenix conferences with him and
even flew to Toronto for his daughter's bat mitzvah (umm, because he
invited me), etc.

He was very smart, he'd spent years at the CS dept at CMU and on other
projects. Ron Baecker (CMU prof) credits David's student work as
fundamental to his 2005 SIGCHI award.

His focus was always on how do we make complex problems (in software
engineering) simpler and easier to understand and manage?

This short article credits him with the quip:

  "Whenever faced with a problem, some people say `Lets use _____.'
   Now, they have two problems."

    Source of the famous “Now you have two problems” quote (2006) | Hacker News

He was very funny and very likeable.

I remember when we drew quite a participatory crowd at a San Francisco
Hilton Usenix conference (about 3,000 attendees) by starting a
penny-pitching contest -- toss pennies or other coins towards a wall
from some distance, whoever is closest to the wall in each round keeps
them all. It got quite out of hand but was a typical Tilbrook "well,
we might as well have some fun!"

Indeed, David, we might as well have some fun.