The passing of Dean Allen and James Dolan over the past two weeks seems to have affected me disproportionately as someone who did not know, but admired the former, and was only briefly acquainted with the latter.
Jason Kottke called Dean Allen “a web person,” and I saw him as such as I saw myself one. I noted his creativity, the tools he helped build and proliferate, and the company he kept.
James Dolan was a compatriot of Aaron Swartz (and much more), and in that, became the steward of what became SecureDrop for while. We worked side by side, or more accurately, sitting on the floor, together to stand-up a SecureDrop instance. We owed each other a beer, or something, the next time we found ourselves in the same city.
This is merely a stub, and at my current going rate, may remain just a stub, a placeholder to note I too took note of these lives and am saddened at their unfortunate ends. And while I did not know or was not close to them, I haven’t even begun to describe their impact or value.