|Born||June 13, 1965|
|Died||June 17, 2009(aged 44)|
Erik Naggum (June 13, 1965 – June 17, 2009) was a Norwegian computer programmer recognized for his work in the fields of SGML, Emacs and Lisp. Since the early 1990s he was also a provocative participant on various Usenet discussion groups.
Naggum made significant contributions to RFC 1123, which defines and discusses the requirements for Internet host software, and RFC 2049, which defines electronic information transfer of various binary formats through e-mail.
In a 1999 newspaper article in Dagbladet, he was interviewed about his aggressive, confrontational participation in Usenet discussion groups. Erik later stated his motto to be: "Some people are little more than herd animals, flocking together whenever the world becomes uncomfortable … I am not one of those people. If I had a motto, it would probably be Herd thither, me hither."
His premature death was caused by a massive bleeding ulcer, related to ulcerative colitis, which he was diagnosed with about 15 years before his death.
Naggum was Chairman of the SGML SIGhyper, the SGML special interest group on hypertext and multimedia (see HyTime). His technical commentary on ISO 8879:1986 in the archives of comp.text.sgml, in terms of both high quality and sheer mass, was especially appreciated.
The Long, Painful History of Time, an article in which Naggum describes how the concept of universal time and time zones can be handled well in Lisp code.
Erik contributed an enormous number of postings to Usenet. 14,300 of them are "on record", but in many cases Erik used the " X-No-Archive" header when posting, a parameter that informs services like Google Groups not to archive the message.
In 1995, Erik started a journalism watch-group project on the web, campaigning to get a journalist sacked from Aftenposten following the publication of a sensationalist story about how Internet Relay Chat channels were used to trade child pornography.
Working group member of the POSIX.1-2008 / IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 and The Open Group Technical Standard Base Specifications, Issue 7.
Erik Naggum was highly controversial, regarded by many as the first major Usenet flamer. When he was passionate about something, which he was on many subjects, he eagerly and often harshly argued for his point of view. An example of this is his rant about XML being an inferior markup language. One of the worst examples might be this diatribe against Martin Bryan.
He believed that Lisp was more or less the only valuable programming language and that XML was an insane thing to use. He ignored traditional grammar when he saw functional reasons for doing so; he began sentences with small letters to make them easier to read and faster to type. He often used pictures and metaphors in ways that others had a hard time not being distracted and/or offended by.
Erik Naggum hated Perl with a passion, and considered Perl to be a problem, not a problem solver. He disliked C++, though not as much as he hated Perl, but he generally thought that C++ was too difficult to understand to such a degree that only about 5 people on the planet truly understood it and hence was of little value for humanity.
Erik Naggum several times stated that stupidity, or rather the lacking willingness of individuals to acquire knowledge about a subject, argument or read other people's arguments with an open mind, was more or less a criminal offense. He was known for his polemic aggression towards what he considered to be ignorant individuals. Much of what he wrote was so full of sarcasm and irony that it could be difficult to understand what he truly believed in and what was general exaggerations made just to make a point.
- Neset, Tore (June 22, 2009). "Han startet den norske nettdebatten". ITavisen (in Norwegian)
- R. Braden, ed. (October 1989). Requirements for Internet Hosts -- Application and Support. IETF
- "Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions"
- Neset, Tore (January 9, 1999). "Kranglefant på nettet". Dagbladet (in Norwegian)
- Naggum, Erik (11 October 1999). "A Long, Painful History of Time". naggum.no. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- http://groups.google.com/groups/search?safe=off&q=author%3Anaggum&btnG=Search&sitesearch= Google Groups
- Lasica, J.D (November 1996), "Net gain. - future of news media on the Internet", American Journalism Review (University of Maryland)
- Hetland, Per (2002). "Unmasking the Net - When Technology Communication Turns to the Public". Nordicom Review 1: 109–124. ISSN 0349-6244
- Naggum, Erik (Aug 24 2002). "Re: The Next Generation of Lisp Programmers". comp.lang.lisp. Google Groups. Retrieved 2010-12-12. "I have contributed to GNU Emacs just short of a decade"
- Naggum, Erik (28 March 2000). "Re: can lisp do what perl does easily?". comp.lang.lisp. Google Groups. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- Øverbye, Morten (October 3, 1997), "Stem på Internetts viktigste nordmann", Digi.no (in Norwegian)
- Pettersen, Hogne Bø. "Erik Naggum". Hogne Bø Pettersen's blog.
- Nylehn, Pernille. "Erik Naggum in memoriam". Pernille Nylehn's blog.
- Pitman, Kent (24 June 2009). "Erik Naggum, R.I.P.". speaking out in the open (Salon Media Group, Inc.).
- Bray, Tim (20 June 2009). "Erik Naggum, R.I.P.". ongoing.
- Hansen, Thomas (22 June 2009). "Who was Erik Naggum?". Ra-Software, Inc.
- Gramstad, Thomas. "Erik Naggum -- An Obituary". Electronic Frontier Norway.
- Olsen, Ruben (June 20, 2009). "Erik Naggum, 1965-2009 RIP". Ruben on VoIP.
- Lindgren, Rolf Marvin Bøe (27 June 2009). "RIP Erik Naggum (1965-2009)". Rants from Rolf Marvin Bøe Lindgren.
- Holst, Ingar (12 August 2009). "Erik Naggum (1965-2009)". The Ahlefeldt-Holst Center Bulletin (In Norwegian).
- Datskovskiy, Stanislav (29 June 2010). "The Wisdom of Erik Naggum". Loper OS (blog).
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