Aaron Swartz wrote about me when he was a teenager. As you can see, he was not a fan.
His insulting headline didn’t really bother me – I had done tech support for several years by then, so I was used to far worse. But I did use it as an excuse to ignore him, and I regret that. He went on to do great things, and had I reached out to him back then, perhaps I could’ve learned from him. Who knows, perhaps he could’ve learned a bit from me despite our differences over software piracy.
Now that I’m catching up on his life and his accomplishments, I’m saddened, disappointed, and just plain pissed at what we’ve lost.