RIP Andre Hedrick (Register)

The Register has an article on
the life and death of Andre Hedrick
, the former kernel IDE maintainer
who passed away on July 13. "Today, millions of people use
digital restriction management systems that lock down books, songs and
music - the Amazon Kindle, the BBC iPlayer and Spotify are examples - but
consumers enter into the private commercial agreement knowingly. It isn't
set by default in the factory, as it might have been. The PC remains open
rather than becoming an appliance. Andre was never comfortable taking the
credit he really deserved for this achievement." See also this weblog page where memories
are being collected.