Oh...snap. That truly is a tragedy. I really enjoyed all of his work captured here on C9. If memory serves me right he also engaged with us briefly earlier this year in this very forum. A really stand up guy.
(btw. the title of this thread isn't the best of tributes is it?)
Wow that's sad.
Damn, that is really unexpected. He will be missed.
I am at a loss for words. In the weeks leading up to the launch of Channel 9 we did not know precisely what our content would be. We were working late, getting the site ready to go live and Bryn Waibel, one of our original developers came running down the hall saying, "there is only one space after a period!". "This is it, this is our content".
I thought he had lost his mind, but he went on to say how you have to see this video from Bill Hill and how he goes on to say how Windows is not the most important OS, not Linux, nor the Macintosh. We went to Bryn's office watched classic Bill Hill on Bryn's machine and we then knew what we'd show. Those videos became some of our first content and drove us to where we are today.
Thank you Bill. Bless your soul and thank you for your time with us here.
We are indebted to you. Heavy hearts to Bill's family.
He was one of my favorite people at Microsoft. Totally stunned.
So sudden. So sad.
I'll miss Bill's captivating storytelling, his passion and brilliance. His love for learning, creating and sharing knowledge. His devotion to reading and democratizing information.
Bill was deeply human. I'm not sure I've met anybody like him before that I would describe as such.
From Scoble's first C9 interviews with Bill to Bryn's eureka moment - we'll keep his memory alive and well protected. Bill is a deep part of our history and beloved member of our family, as Jeff said so well above.
We'll miss you, Bill. Thank you for being so human.
It's always a bitter blow when someone you admire passes away, but Bill Hill lived a full life -- he seemed to have packed more into his life than I will even if I live to be 100. So we shouldn't feel that he has gone 'too early';
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years.
C9 should have a 'Hillathon' of all his videos in one place -- preferably linked from the front page.
@Charles: It's far too rare to find somebody who loves knowledge as much as Bill did, loving it enough to spend so much effort sharing it. When it comes down to it, the technologies he worked on were always focused on that goal of helping others to learn.
Who do you talk to about getting a tribute to him on the Bing front page? Have somebody go take a beauty shot of the lake in that one video.
That's a real bummer. He'll be missed.
I'd also like to see some sort of Bill Hill retrospective on C9.
@Bas: @Dr Herbie: @kettch: We will be featuring Bill on the home page starting just a few minutes ago. We need to re-encode the video files given their age. Thankfully, our excellent publishing system makes it rather trivial to do (from a small WMV file extracted from a tape to MP4, WebM, MP3). Kudos to Duncan and the dev team. We'll continue to re-feature. For now, a little time to grieve. C
Oh no! That's terrible to hear. Bill was one of those rare gems that you just wish you could have spent more time with. You will be missed Bill.
My sincere condolences to friends and family.
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