Gary Allen, Writer of ifo Apple Store, Dies at 67

Sad news from Michael S. Rosenwald, writing for The Washington Post:

In March, Allen announced his blog was ending, saying so many others were following the stores now. “Who am I to keep up with them?” he wrote. “So, I’m going to focus on my family and friends, drop the demands of writing and get back to what it was before — just fun.”

Apple bloggers marked the moment: “Well, this is a bummer,” Cult of Mac said. “Thank You, Gary Allen,” MacStories said.

The real reason he gave it up, his brother said, was the brain cancer diagnosis. He didn’t want people to worry or fuss over him. The site is down, likely for good. Allen leaves behind another brother, Bob Allen, his wife Nancy, son Devin, and an incredible free spirit.

It breaks my heart that his site is down. We shouldn’t have to depend on The Internet Archive to keep online writing available in perpetuity.

Thursday, 15 October 2015