TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Hess
Volume Number:12
Issue Number:3
Column Tag:A Dedication

A Dedication

By MacTech Magazine Staff and Friends

A Dedication to Our Friend Robert

In the midst of Macworld Expo/San Francisco, the industry suffered the loss of one of our friends - Robert Hess. This issue of MacTech Magazine is dedicated to Robert. And instead of a column from myself or Scott, we’re using this space for those in the industry to let us in on their view of Robert.

Even if you never knew Robert Hess, read through the below notes - they talk of a man who epitomized the quintessential Macintosh attitude. Take a minute and reflect on Robert, Macintosh, and what our industry is about.

The obituary for Robert from our friends at MacWEEK read:

Jan. 12, 1996 - Robert Hess, 29, an Associate Editor at MacWEEK, passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions in Robert’s name be made to Digital Queers, 584 Castro St. #560, San Francisco, CA 94114.

Anyone wishing to make a personal remembrance of Robert can do so by sending mail to his family at memorial@macweek.com.

As for myself, I can tell you that many times, I’m embarrassed to be a part of the press. The feeding frenzy that takes place from time to time is simply amazing. But watching Robert, seeing his ethics/standards, and reading his writings always made me proud to be a part of the press, the Macintosh industry - and most importantly, Robert’s friend.

Neil Ticktin, Publisher

Some Letters From Friends

It might seem odd to dedicate an issue of a Macintosh programming magazine to a news reporter, even a reporter who wrote for a newsweekly for Macintosh managers; but let me tell you about how Robert spent a few days just a few months ago.

Head down, buried in his work, he sat quietly, working. Hour after hour, few signs of motion offered any hint that he was anything more than a zombie craning over the keyboard. Sure, his fingers moved over the keyboard, the mouse moved this way and that. Can after can of Dr. Pepper joined the growing crowd of empties, each one just reducing the amount of available mousing space. Was this the image of the investigative reporter working on the big story? No. It was Robert doing something he loved. For three days straight he worked on his hack. MacHack 95 might have been just another story to any other reporter, but to Robert it was a full-intensity recreational activity.

While I worked with my hacking buddy on our hack, Robert sat next to us, working feverishly. While we did trick photography for an About box, Robert pored over Inside Macintosh volumes. I don’t remember his seat being vacant any longer than it took him to go get another Dr. Pepper. He was in the groove, doing what some only dream of doing - hacking nonstop at MacHack. The only major interruption I recall was when he jumped up from his seat because he had just realized that he had consumed fourteen cans of Dr. Pepper in a single session, and he was trembling from the caffeine overload.

Robert built a reputation as a sharp investigative reporter, and regularly caused a stir at Apple with his accurate (if sometimes unpopular) reporting. Robert had a passion about the Macintosh, and about doing things right. And, as you’ve now read, his passion extended to Macintosh programming. If you ever wondered how his stories seemed so technically on the mark, now you know part of his secret.

Not only will we miss his contributions to the quality of MacWEEK’s reporting, but we’ll miss the loss of one from our community of Macintosh programmers.

Scott T Boyd, Editor Emeritus

Robert was a smart, funny, nice guy who gave great e-mail and was a fine and sometimes brilliant writer. I will miss him.

Bob LeVitus

I was a beta tester for Robert. He had an attitude, when he ran into a problem, of ‘I can get it to work, regardless of what people are telling me.’ To me, this sums up what being a Mac developer and loving the Macintosh are about.

Jonathan Duke, Boston College

I only knew Robert online, but I participated in beta-tests of a few of his programs. I recall that sometimes it would seem my mailbox scrolled with new versions! Robert really understood that programs are used by people, and he was always open to implementing good suggestions. He was a wonderful example of the kind of developer that makes the Mac all it can be for everyone. He will be missed.

Neil Shapiro, MAUG Forums Manager on CompuServe

A bulldog with keen instincts and natural journalistic talent. We were fortunate to have him in our sphere. It’s somehow fitting that he would pass on during the quintessential Macintosh love feast [Macworld Expo].

Kathy Kruse, PR Professional

Robert Hess stuck his neck out time and time again when the Metrowerks/Symantec/Apple Power Macintosh war was being waged by so many hard-working engineers from all sides. Robert worked the trenches and was often berated by people he offended with his no-nonsense articles. He was a straight-shooter who searched for the truth and didn’t hold back his punches. I loved Robert’s candor and knew that I always had to tell him the truth, no matter what the impact on our company would be. During those two years, Robert became a friend; through our hardships, he watched us grow. Our hearts are broken by his passing on. He was a great, young man, faithful to himself as much as he was honest to others. May our memory of him guide us in our lives.

Greg Galanos, President & CEO, metrowerks inc.

Robert’s interesting MacWEEK articles will live on forever in the legends of the PowerPC.

Richard Hooker, IBM Advisory Engineer

Robert was the most resourceful person I have ever known. He would get things before Apple would. I only knew him through the computer. He was my sword, I will sorely miss him. I empathize with family.

Michael Bartell

I still remember our first meeting with Robert. He came in his biker’s outfit with a helmet. But, what most impressed me was that he was always objective in his articles. It is such a loss not only for the people who knew him, but also for the Macintosh development community.

Nobuko Isomata, VP, Marketing & Sales,
Quasar Knowledge Systems, Inc.

Robert was loved by many; his spirit will live on. He will be missed.

Cal Simone, Main Event Software

What was most striking about Robert as a Mac journalist was that he combined a passion for the platform with an in-depth knowledge of its weaknesses as well as its strengths, plus an absolute intolerance for B.S.

I’ll never forget the first time I met Robert in person. We had previously exchanged messages online, and I had noticed that his posts on-line were well-written and well-informed; so when a reporting job opened up at MacWEEK, I sent him a note asking if he’d be interested in applying, even though I didn’t know anything about his background or formal qualifications. That was probably the best personnel move I ever made.

The interview, however, didn’t go terribly well: Robert obviously knew plenty about the Mac, but not very much - at that point - about how journalists work. The climax came when Dan Farber, then Editor-in-Chief of MacWEEK, took a look at Robert’s résumé, which included his personal motto: “F-k authority.” (At least I think that’s what it was - at any rate, words to that effect.) “What’s this shit?” Farber scowled. “I’m the authority around here. F-k him.’ Thus ended Robert’s first shot at a job at MacWEEK.

I still wanted him on board, though, so when the position of systems administrator for MacWEEK opened up some months later, I called him to suggest that he apply. That position didn’t go through Farber, and perhaps Robert had by then cleaned up his résumé - one way or another, he landed the job.

Once he arrived, his ability and integrity were obvious to everyone. Within a few months we had him writing stories on the side, in addition to supporting an overgrown network. Before long it was clear that not making him a full-time reporter would be a serious waste of talent; the only hesitation: we knew we wouldn’t find anyone who could do as well as he with our systems.

Henry Norr, Editor Emeritus & Columnist, MacWEEK

Some of our correspondents thought that Robert was best reflected in his own words; here are their letters, and then we let Robert speak for himself.

I beta tested Shaman/Sharing Stone/ShowShare/ShareDevil with Robert and found his announcement and feedback emails to be immensely entertaining as well as informative. Take your pick of the excerpted ‘goodies’ below!

Kirby Schrader

Some of Robert’s Emails to Beta Testers

This means you cannot run one copy of Shaman and control it with another copy on the same Mac. Why would you do this? Because you’re a good beta tester and you know damn good and well some bonehead out there is going to do exactly that someday. That’s why.

Hey, smell me. I could write Microsoft ads.

Side note: If you’re playing with PowerTalk/AOCE/S7Pro, let me know. I’m looking for fellow idiots, I mean “adventurers”, to test with.

Man, what’s that stink? Why, it’s Beta 15! Well, I have taken Beta 15 out into the back yard and shot it. And buried it DEEP. It shall never return to bother us. On the other hand, there was a wild-eyed cat crawling out of the ground nearby, which I think is a bad sign.

While you guys are testing this version, I’m going to run Shaman through Metrowerks. Wooo. Native PowerPC Shaman. Scary. Fatal crashes on multiple microprocessors! Yippee! And, assuming all goes well, this will give me faster turn-around. In other words, I’ll be able to take your bug reports, hack away and say, “Hell if I know what’s wrong,” even faster!

Wow. This is starting to feel good. I’d love to call this a final candidate but, as a male, I fear commitment.

Although I didn’t know Robert all that well, I have been one of the many lucky recipients of his newsflash, humor, and rumor emails. One thing I habitually did upon receiving a piece of mail from him was to immediately scroll down to the bottom of each piece to see what Robert’s sig-of-the-moment was. There’s definitely no substitute for Robert Hess.

Crystal Waters, The Net

Some of Robert’s Sigs

• The Net is like the world’s biggest library with everything marked “Misc”.

• I’d trust 40-bit RSA over US Mail any day.

• The Win95 promotion’s budget exceeds the total cost of ‘Waterworld’.

• Win 95: the push-up bra of computing.

• “Pizza! Pizza!” I used to think he was cute but now he’s starting to bug me.

• Despite the name, ‘food stamps’ are not edible.

• First a round of the “Friends” drinking game, followed by the “ER Piss Game”.

• “Have you installed Window 95 yet?” “Yes! Many times!”

• The OJ trial is enough to make me wanna slit somebody’s throat.

• Question: You believe in reincarnation. What do you want to come back as? Answer: “Matt Dillon’s underwear.”
- Boy George, interviewed by R. Murphy, US magazine, Oct ‘95

• Protect your rights! Use PGP! My key at: http://www.macweek.com

• Microsoft Network is prohibited from redistributing this work in any form, in whole or in part. Copyright, Robert Hess, 1995. License to distribute this post is available to Microsoft for US$1M. Posting without permission constitutes an agreement to these terms.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Adobe Premiere Pro 2022 23.1 - Digital v...
Adobe Premiere Pro is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $54.99/month. The price on display is a price for annual by-monthly plan for Adobe Premiere Pro only. Adobe Premiere... Read more
1Password 8.9.10 - Powerful password man...
1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web... Read more
FotoMagico 6.3 - Powerful slideshow crea...
FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. It sports a very clean and intuitive yet powerful user interface. High image... Read more
Affinity Photo 1.10.6 - Digital editing...
Affinity Photo - redefines the boundaries for professional photo editing software for the Mac. With a meticulous focus on workflow it offers sophisticated tools for enhancing, editing and retouching... Read more
Vivaldi 5.5.2805.50 - An advanced browse...
Vivaldi is a browser for our friends. We live in our browsers. Choose one that has the features you need, a style that fits and values you can stand by. From the look and feel, to how you interact... Read more
Fantastical 3.7.4 - Create calendar even...
Fantastical is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun: Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke Type in your event details... Read more
Adobe Illustrator 2022 27.1 - Profession...
You can download Adobe Illustrator as a part of Creative Cloud for only $20.99/month. Adobe Illustrator is the vector graphics classics in the design industry. It is a digital environment that allows... Read more
Acorn 7.3.1 - Bitmap image editor.
Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank... Read more
Apple Configurator 2.16 - Configure and...
Apple Configurator makes it easy to deploy iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV devices in your school or business. Use Apple Configurator to quickly configure large numbers of devices connected to... Read more
Bookends 14.1.5 - Reference management a...
Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use.... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Alchemy Stars celebrates 1 and a half ye...
It has been one and a half years since Alchemy Stars launched, and Level Infinite is celebrating in style with a host of new content. There will be a new story mission and even a store to explore, and a whole new mode for those budding idol... | Read more »
Fighting Game ‘Art of Fighting 2’ ACA Ne...
Last week, side-scrolling shooter Pulstar hit mobile platforms as the newest ACA NeoGeo series release from Hamster and SNK. Read Shaun’s review of it here. Today, fighting game Art of Fighting 2 has launched on iOS and Android. Art of Fighting 2... | Read more »
‘Genshin Impact’ Version 3.3 Update Now...
HoYoverse recently revealed the next major update for Genshin Impact (Free) in the form of version 3.3 ‘All Senses Clear, All Existence Void’. | Read more »
SwitchArcade Round-Up: Reviews Featuring...
Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for December 6th, 2022. In today’s article, we’ve got three more reviews. Siralim Ultimate, Astronite, and Swordship get evaluated and scored today. All interesting in their own ways,... | Read more »
‘Pulstar ACA NEOGEO’ Review – Kiss Your...
As I’ve said more than a few times in the past, the NEOGEO was generally known for a couple of genres more than anything else. Fighting games, of course. And thanks to Metal Slug and to a lesser extent Shock Troopers, it’s also known for run-and-gun... | Read more »
‘The Witcher: Monster Slayer’ Shutting D...
Location-based AR game The Witcher: Monster Slayer (Free) from CD Projekt Red’s in-house studio Spokko Games has been getting updated quite often following its launch on iOS and Android. These updates include new challenges, monster types, stamps,... | Read more »
Get Your Hands on the Power Cosmic in th...
To me, my board! As discussed in our story about the last update to the excellent card battler Marvel Snap (Free), the latest season of the game is called The Power Cosmic. | Read more »
HoYoverses announces inaugral art exhibi...
If you are lucky enough to be in the Paris area in early January, then you should pop to the Galerie Joseph and enjoy a look at the world of HoYoverses’ global smash hit, Genshin Impact. There will be unreleased concept art and a deep dive into... | Read more »
SwitchArcade Round-Up: Reviews Featuring...
Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for December 5th, 2022. In today’s article, we’ve got a few reviews for you. Square Enix’s Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered, Forever Entertainment’s Front Mission 1st: Remake,... | Read more »
Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Fire Emblem H...
Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Oh yes, here come the Christmas updates. Quite a lot of the games featured today are doing the holiday thing, with only... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Christmas sale at Verizon: Apple AirPods Pro...
Verizon has first-generation Apple AirPods Pro on sale for $159.99 on their online store as part of their continuing Christmas/Holiday sale. Their price is $90 off Apple’s original MSRP, and it’s the... Read more
New Christmas/New Years promo at Xfinity Mobi...
Switch to Xfinity Mobile and open a new line of service, and take $400 off the price of a new iPhone, no trade-in required, through January 10, 2023. The $400 is applied to your account as credits... Read more
Apple iPad Smart Keyboard Folio prices drop u...
Apple iPad Smart Keyboard Folio prices have dropped up to $60 off MSRP at Amazon and Walmart as part of their Christmas/Holiday sales. These are the cheapest prices currently available for these iPad... Read more
Today is the final day for Xfinity Mobile’s $...
If you switch to Xfinity Mobile and open a new line of service, they will take $500 off the price of a new iPhone, no trade-in required. This is the best no trade-in Cyber Monday Apple iPhone 14 deal... Read more
Amazon restocks 10.2″ 64GB 9th-generation iPa...
Amazon has Apple’s 9th generation 10.2″ 64GB WiFi iPads (Silver) in stock and on sale for $269.99 shipped as part of their Christmas/Holiday Sale. Their price is $60 off Apple’s MSRP. Free delivery... Read more
Week’s Best Apple MacBook Air Christmas Sales...
Apple retailers have posted their most-recent Christmas Holiday sale prices on 13″ MacBook Airs. Take up to $150 off MSRP on M2-powered Airs with these sales with prices starting at only $1049. Free... Read more
Open-box 13″ M2 MacBook Pros available for $3...
QuickShip Electronics has open-box return 13″ M2 MacBook Pros in stock and on sale for $300-$350 off MSRP on their eBay store right now, each with free express delivery. According to QuickShip, “The... Read more
Apple is offering $100 iPad discounts to Educ...
Apple will take $100 off 12″ M2 iPad Pros, $50-$100 off 11″ M2 iPad Pros, $50 off iPad Airs, $50 off 8.3″ iPad minis, & $20-$40 off 10″ iPads for all teachers, students, and staff of any... Read more
Midnight Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm GPS + Cel...
Amazon has the Midnight Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm GPS + Cellular) on sale for $50 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale including free shipping, reducing the price for this Watch to $449.99. Their... Read more
Holiday Sale: Apple Watch Ultra for $50 off M...
Amazon has Apple Watch Ultra models (Alpine Loop, Trail Loop, and Opean Bans) on sale for $50 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale, each including free shipping, reducing the price for an Ultra to... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Systems Administrator - JAMF - Activ...
…Administration **Duties and Responsibilities** + Configure and maintain the client's Apple Device Management (ADM) solution. The current solution is JAMF supporting Read more
Cashier - *Apple* Blossom Mall - JCPenney (...
Cashier - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Blossom Mall Read more
Omnichannel Associate - *Apple* Blossom Mal...
Omnichannel Associate - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Read more
Sephora Beauty Advisor - *Apple* Blossom Ma...
Sephora Beauty Advisor - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Read more
Operations Associate - *Apple* Blossom Mall...
Operations Associate - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.