This was posted in my forums here last night:
A little legwork with Google reveals that Jack Miller is alive, well, and moving onto other things. I'm not going to post a URL here, figuring that he'd be found if he wanted to be found, but here's a suitably Milleresque excerpt:
"Still ducking fans of my old web site, and this week things took a turn for the positively surreal: another web site actually posted an article on how I've been missing in action for five months and they put a call out for everyone to try to find out if I'm actually still alive or whatever. Which means that I've been deluged in email from people literally all over the world, and people have even called the house after pulling phone numbers from domain registration records. Thank heaven for caller ID; screen call, delete message, lather, rinse, repeat. I have a half-assed plan to write something explaining that I am, in fact, still alive (in some sense) and posting it over this weekend, but then again I've been planning to do that since last weekend and so far nothing, so who knows?"
My only problem ... if true ... this makes me really dislike Jack now. I made an honest effort to locate Jack. I contacted several websites with general knowledge of him. I also posted two comments that went unanswered on a flickr account that had his name and pictures of his family attached to it. (The comments can be deleted ... yet still remain)
It's quite okay for him to take an extended vacation or never update the "As The Apple Turns" website ever again. All I asked for is a:
"ATAT is on permanent hiatus, I may be back, but I may not, no updates until I decide so"
That was all he had to post. He didn't have to do an update. How difficult would that have been?
It's not really the fact that he took an extended (permanent leave) ... it's more of a fact that no one knew where he was ... he was missed and he chose to take this hiatus during a lot of "good writing times".
Since he has been gone:
* The first Intel Macs have come out
* iPods Nano & Shuffle have dropped in price significantly
* The iPod Hifi was introduced
* The Beatles and Bloggers suit have come to trial for Apple
* A fake (but pressworthy) virus scare hit the Mac platform
* Apple has announced it's two most profittable quarters in its history
* Apple marketshare has doubled
* And a dozen other really significant events in the Apple Community
I would have loved Jack's humorous perspective (which usually contained insight) on these matters ... which are pivotal in Apple's history. I formulated this website around his style of humor, Gruber's Daring Fireball intelligence, and Consumer Reports unbiased reporting.
Hard to believe he would put this site's intentions in such light and thumb his readers in the way he has.
To Jack MIller: You're welcome you ungrateful .......