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Rod Newing

This morning I wake up to find that the world is a poorer place.

When I first started to use computers I devoured magazines and found that the articles that taught me most were by Guy Kewney. When I later became a journalist, I was naturally in awe of him. However, I found him to be very approachable, totally charming and very warm.

He was also a very fine sailor. I followed him round the Solent in 40 footers with BT. Only feet off his transom I was waiting to pounce on his first error - but there were none!

monica costa

Really really sad to hear about Guy... The PR community will miss him a lot! RIP Guy.
Monica costa

Jenny Cowell (Bacon)

So sad to hear the news. Guy was an inspiration to us all.

Greg Vitarelli

My last meeting with Guy was with a Swedish start-up. We met out near his home, over lunch alongside a man-made lake (can't remember the name) but there were several small boats out on the water, skippered by the young and old.

My client, himself an avid sailor, spent more time talking with Guy about boating than technology, which seemed to go over very well.

It's a nice memory. Rest in Peace, Guy.


Sorry to hear of Guy's demise. He was the only journalist of the early microcomputer days that I noticed and read. Saw a lot of his very rational views on CIX too. The IT industry is a little smaller today than it was yesterday.


David Mather

Manek Dubash

My thoughts are here: http://bigtin.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/guy-kewney-rip/

Bruce Everiss

It is strange going to Facebook and seeing his chat with me still there. In December he said: "I may have another year... not very much more, probably. An embuggerance! but well, we have to go some time."

Sadly it was not to be, but typical Guy phrasing.

Chris Green

I will really miss Guy. I've put my thoughts together here: http://www.chrisgreen.co.uk/525/in-memory-of-guy-kewney/

Alan Burkitt-Gray

We'll all miss you, Guy. My thoughts are with the family and so many friends around the world.

Lance Concannon

I worked with Guy for a year at PC Magazine and often bumped into him at press events (in fact, we once spent a week on a yacht, courtesy of a BT press jolly).

He was an inspiration to younger journalists and an all round nice guy. I'm very sorry to hear this news.

Andy B J Low

Fond good bye from the London OS/2 Drinking Club.

JimC (sccis3@cix)

Sad to hear the news: talked a lot with Guy, mainly about boats, in the old days on CIX... Best wished to his family.

Jeremy Haile

Am saddened to hear of Guy's passing. I only had one telephone conversation with him, many moons ago. However I was a great fan of his columns.

RIP Guy - you wil be missed.


How very sad. I learnt a great deal and Guy made me laugh. An inspiration.

Peter Sommer

Very sorry to hear this. Guy in his prime was the journalist I first turned to for intelligent informed comment with a witty turn of phrase. Later, it was always a delight to bump into him or have an extended telephone-based gossip.

Mark Stephens

Way back in the 80s I devoured his words in Personal Computer World.

During my brief stint as a journalist he was a ready source of wit and insight.

We'll miss him.

Angelica Mari

Guy was an inspiration to many of us in the IT community and a really nice chap. He will be sorely missed. RIP Guy.

Paul Westerman

I sadly never met Guy but have read his articles avidly since PCW back in the early 80s. A great, insightful and amusing writer, he'll be sorely missed by all us techies. Sincere condolences to all his friends and family.

Steve Mansfield-Devine

There is a strangeness to this: Guy was there at a couple of formative and important parts of my life. And that's quite aside from his value as a journalistic role model. I've left a few thoughts here: http://www.webvivant.com/guy-kewney.html

Henry Budgett

The computer world was made vastly richer by his contributions and, while I never got to work with him in those heady days of the Nascom, Tangerine and NewBrain he was a constant source of inspiration and a figurehead to our slightly deranged community. I guess we are all getting a lot older than we realised...

Joe Hanley

It is with deep sadness that we learn of Guy's passing today.

On behalf of all the comms and tech community at IBM, who worked with Guy over the years, I'd like to offer sincere condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

He was credit to his profession and will be sorely missed.

Joe Hanley, IBM


I only met him a couple of times at press events but he was a very intelligent man who always gave you his time willingly to chat and share his thoughts. The world is a poorer place for his passing. RIP Guy.

Mary Branscombe

Guy was just - always there. one of the fixed points as well as one of the quirks. uniquely himself and his own best tribute. I'm glad to ahve known him, glad - in the best possible way - to miss him, because it means I did know him

Martin Banks

Strange, but I can't see Guy being too smitten with the idea of sadness, though sad day it surely is.....I shall miss those wonderfully eliptical discussions we sometimes had that seemed to incorporate every known technology in the universe.

And anyway, I keep smiling at the thought of those great celestial press conferences, with Guy alongside the likes of Sean Hallahan, Claire Gooding, Terence Green, Hedley Voysey and Rex Malik: "Now, that water-into-wine trick. Did you palm a phial of wine concentrate or was it the simple con of tell-them-enough-times-its-water-and-they-won't-even-look?

Martin Banks

And I forgot to include Tim Palmer in that celestial press conference. We will miss Guy, he may miss us, but he will certainly have some excellent company.

Bob Kane

Guy - you will be missed here in the colonies as well. My thoughts are here: http://blog.bkane.com/?p=127

Your family will be in my prayers.

Dan Bricklin

I just wanted to add my name to the many others paying tribute to such a wonderful person. I remember some good times we had together.

May his memory be a blessing.

Steve Gold

Very, very sad to learn of Guy's passing.

As I said in another place, I think he would find it fitting that the interactive electronic space we inhabit today - and which he helped to create from the earliest days - should generate so much discussion of his valuable life.

So long my old friend. I really will miss our chats.

Steve xx

Sarah Taylor

Mary, Lucy, I am so sorry to hear this news.

You are in my thoughts and prayers, as is he. RIP.

James Minotto

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain

Guy lived life to the fullest...always...and I miss him. He was a guiding force for me when I lived in the UK.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

Guy was a delight to know and the memory of his life lives on in all of us.

Jamie Minotto

Jan Howells

Guy was undoubtedly a one-off and an inspiration to a host of writers out there. My thoughts are with his family.

John Stokdyk

It certainly came as a shock to me too... At PCW Guy was one of the first commissioning editors ever to buy one of my stories, so I guess I owe much of my subsequent career to early his patronage.

The idea of a press conference with him lined up alongside Hedley Voysey, Rex Malik and the others appeals - but I suspect it might be more hellish than celestial for any industry execs who had to face that lot. Another sad reminder of how times have changed.

Deborah Wise Unger

A room full of all of you: Mary, Guy and children -- that's what I remember when we visited a long time ago for a chaotic but fun dinner in Finsbury Park, I think. I hadn't heard that Guy was ill -- so sorry not to have posted before, to have wished him my best and shared some memories. Of San Francisco, on a sparkling day when we first met a long time ago. I am thinking of you all.

John R. Quain

Worked with Guy a few years back and always enjoyed his pieces. Sad to think he won't be imparting such smiles to us any more.

Ed Hasted

Who needs the Internet. Word had got around the inner and extended sancta of Guy's illness and put most of us into a state of petrified shock. Ever since there have been usable computers in the UK there has always been Guy to explain the issues. IT without Guy was unimaginable.

I founded Ashmount Research in 1990 with William Lees. Without Guy's emotional support it may not have happened. We were probably not the first Internet Software company in the UK but certainly one of the first.
Guy was always there for a chat and ideas grinding session which was essential for a small firm smothered, even then, by multinationals.

What I will always remember about Guy was that contrary to his home study or wherever he worked, which was a glorified shambles, his words always shone forth ordered clarity.
The truth was important to him and he would write nothing less.

With all my love and best wishes to everyone who know him, especially his family.

Ed Hasted

Mark Booth

Guy was one of the main reasons I subscribed to PCW for so many years. He taught me more than I can remember in my pre-teen years and kept me informed all through university and into my early career. His articles were always well written, informative and well worth the time to read. He will be sadly missed.

Iain Laskey

For what it's worth, my thoughts are here http://www.practicalpc.co.uk/opinion/guy-kewney.htm.

Alan Burkitt-Gray

But Tim Palmer didn't go to many press conferences, Martin. He sat at his Superbrain in the Infomatics office, phoned people who knew what was happening, and puffed away on his small cigars as he wrote the IDB, and finished every day on the dot, ready for it to be printed and mailed out.
What a sad day, and sad to recall all those others you've mentioned, Sean and Claire, Terence, Hedley, Rex, Tim and now Guy -- though at the same time so good to have known them and worked with them.


I remember reading his PCW review of the Lisa, when it came out, wherein he succinctly laid forth just what a shift in programming that foretold - where the program would be reacting to events, generated by the user, rather than the program being in control, and the user responding to it.

Simple, and profound. We so dearly need more folks able to communicate such concepts with such apparent ease (and wit).

Tari Lang (used to be Hibbitt)

They just don't make 'em like Guy anymore. Such a sad loss. Mary and Lucy - we've never met but my thoughts are with you. We were all lucky to have known him.


I used to rib him about Guy Goma - he never took offence, and still bought me a beer. I miss our chats about nothing in particular.


Matt Loney

I have many fond memories of Guy, but perhaps my most vivid is those sandals. With socks. Descending a mountain somewhere in Germany on a press junket, on toboggans. And with Guy typically brushing aside any concern for his feet. God he must have been freezing. I miss you already Guy.

Carl Waring

Well, what a way to start the day; to wake up to this news!

Very sad now :-(

Always a pleasure to see, hear or read what this man had to say.

Timothy J. Brown

A man who instantly made you feel like a friend. RIP Guy.

Rob Schifreen

I arrived home from a day out yesterday to hear the sad news that cancer had claimed the lives of 2 people I knew. I only met Malcolm McLaren once, in around 1987, when he and I were guests on a TV chat show. I was talking about hacking and being a computer nerd. Malcolm was talking about his music, and had quite evidently been smoking something he shouldn’t have. Unsurprisingly, our paths never crossed again.

Today, the web is rightly awash with tributes to Guy Kewney, from the people he worked with and from his multitudinous readers. Many of them start “I never met Guy, but…” or “I’m proud to say that I met him once…”. He clearly had mastered the art of making a good impression quickly.

I’m extremely proud to say that I met him first in 1987, some 23 years ago, when I joined Personal Computer World as a staff writer. I’d been a member of Britain’s extended family of professional IT journalists since ’83, working as a staffer on EMAP’s Computer & Video Games and as a freelancer for other titles too. The gig at PCW came about because I’d submitted a big freelance piece for them, which they liked and published, shortly before the full time job was advertised. When I arrived at the offices and met Guy, who wrote the news pages, he welcomed me with metaphorically open arms and told me that one of the reasons I’d got the job is because he put in a good word for me. Apparently he thought that freelance piece was right up their street. It was, if I remember, 6 or 7 pages about writing programs using the undocumented batch control language built into Telecom Gold.

Being in the above-mentioned family of IT journalists has meant a lot to me. I still meet today, both online and in person, people I first encountered at press conferences in 1983. I was a full-time journo for more than 2 decades, though now, like many others of that era, I’m more the son who’s left home but still remembers to send a card at Christmas or turns up when he needs a quick meal or a load of washing done.

Like any family, members come and members go. My good friend Lynne, an IT PR person who happened to live just around the corner from Guy and knew him well, died a few years ago. And now Guy himself is no longer with us. Toward the end, his blog postings had begun to contain pretty clear hints that he just wanted it all to be over now. So for his sake, I’m glad that it is.

Guy was one of the most well-informed, professional, helpful, competent, knowledgeable and infuriating people I’d ever met. He was also one of the most disorganised. His copy, when I was at PCW, was always late, and his range of excuses would put to shame any schoolboy who kept falling back on the ones about the dog or the bus. Yet his column was always the first thing that most readers turned to, for their monthly insight into what was happening in their world. The industry devoured it too – it was often the best way to find out what was happening in your own company before any official announcements were made.

He was, as many have said, a one-off, and I miss him already. His writing, which stopped only 10 days before he died, was inspiring, cathartic, therapeutic and courageous. Me, I couldn’t even muster the courage to pop up to north London, knock on his door, and say what I knew would be a final goodbye. Sorry, Guy.

Somewhere between here and whatever we might want to call an afterlife or heaven or whatever, Guy is probably in a taxi right now, heading to a press conference for which he thinks he’s late. Actually, he’s misread the diary and it’s not till next week. In life, his timekeeping was frequently out by a few days. In death it’s more like 20 years. He was 63, which is far too young.

David Tebbutt

Thanks Rob, for your heartfelt comment. I am generally standing to one side while others create the content here. But your last remark has encouraged me to share something odd.

At 4:30am yesterday, a panel behind our wall-mounted tv fell, knocking a stone ornament off the mantlepiece onto the hearth, where it shattered. Wide awake, I switched the computer on to learn that Guy had died.

After doing stuff with this 'Guy' blog, I tried to sleep, but couldn't. Then it occurred to me that maybe Guy had woken me up deliberately, so I would get my arse in gear.

The odd thing is that I eventually shared this thought with Banksie (Martin Banks) and he said that, at 6:00 yesterday morning, a string broke on a noticeboard in his kitchen and it clattered to the floor.

As Martin said, "Probably took him 90 mins to work out how to get to my place from yours. He'll get the hang of it soon, I expect."

Mike Phillipson

Sad news.
I never met Guy - but I always read his stuff when I could, right from the early days.
He was consistently interesting.
I, like many, will miss him.
A sad day indeed.

Victor Aberdeen

We will miss your forthright insight Guy; that so often illuminated the shortcomings in this technology industry. I enjoyed working with you and that your personal integrity was always paramount. But what I’ll miss most is the expressions of the exasperated industry leaders failing to impress you with their song and dance routines, wonderful memories. Thank you

Simon Meredith

Like so many other old friends here, I felt deeply saddened at Guy's passing. As well as being a truly great and unique journalist, Guy was a great family man, endlessly kind and considerate and an example to us all. We will all miss him but none more so, I am sure, than Mary and Lucy and his other close family and friends. You will have many happy memories to carry with you, a windy but sunny Saturday in the Shropshire countryside almost 22 years ago included I hope. I am just glad that I knew him and like so many others, I will never be able to forget him. How could you once you'd worked with him? Always late into the office, always late with copy, always late with everything, always suprising us with his amazing knowledge, contacts and stories, and his quirky behaviour and sudden disappearances when the news deadline was upon us, always great company, always the one and only Guy Kewneyd begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Steve Cassidy

I feel guilty for missing the run-up to this event: Quni last chatted with me last year, while I was in Europe, and I could tell that he was "making his rounds" as it were. I was too busy; which I now can't make amends for. Without Guy I wouldn't be where (and what) I am today, no question about it. Like Tebbo & Banksie, last night was very disturbed here at Schloss Cassidy; and now I know why.

William Poel

For those of you who would like a briefer and more memorable url reference to this site (actually http://teblog.typepad.com/guy/ works. - Ed.), I have posted my brief valediction at Guy's own site: http://www.kewney.co.uk/ - with a link back to here.

Kevin Taylor

Guy was one of those journalists that you really wanted to like your product, company, ceo, or initiative... if Guy thought it, he or she was good or worthwhile you were on a winner - you had credibility.
He also had that priceless knack - when you read his pieces you could hear him saying the words. As Manek noted elsewhere - he wrote in his own voice. And that vocie was independent, authoratative, wise, warm and funny.
He will be much missed.

Declan McGuire

So long Guy, and thanks for inspiring me, and those like me, who've never met you but found honesty, integrity, intelligence and humour in your words. You will be missed.


A good man and an outstanding journalist. Very sad news indeed.

Daniel Couzens

Only just heard about Guy. Have been away and unconnected to the Web. Really sad news. Guy was one of the first journalists I used to call on behalf of my clients. Rightly always tough and analytic about whatever I was trying to promote but ready to give me a hearing. Daniel

Mohammed Choudhury

Someone I grew up reading has passed away.
Sad indeed.

Vinay Sajip

Rest in peace, Guy. Your work was always thought-provoking and your articles taught me a lot in the early days of the microcomputer/PC industry.

David Overton

I had the pleasure of working with Guy and he was genuinely interested in how technology affected people and how to make it sing. He will be missed by myself and others and my thoughts go to his family.

Roger Green

I was part of the late 70s Computing magazine crew where Guy wrote his 'worlds first' pc column after joining from Electronics Weekly. Sitting at the opposite desk he taught me all I ever knew about how to use the telephone to get information. He and Hedley Voysey formed a great double act. Maybe they have again, up there somewhere. My best wishes to his family.

Nick Hunn

Over the years I had the great privilege of spending time talking about technology with Guy. What started as simple technology interviews gradually grew into hours or afternoons discussing where the industry was going, why it was doing it and everything else from local sailing clubs to the best kebab shops in Dalston.

The great thing about Guy was his breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm to apply it to questioning everything he came across. He had an enviable ability to see the bigger picture, as so much of his writing illustrates. As I’m stumbling at the keyboard to put some appropriate words together I’m reminded of how he would be composing an article at speed on his laptop, while facing me and talking about something entirely different, which might get woven into a blog a few minutes later. He was a man for whom “information overload” was an ambition, not a fear, and who wove clarity from the murky threads of the computing and mobile industries.

He will be sorely missed.

Nigel Powell

I'd like to add my condolences. He was a great guy, a veteran journalist of the best calibre, and will be sorely missed. Such a shock. :(

Neil Griffiths

So sorry to hear of the death of Guy Kewney. I well remember his 'near expert user' column in PC Magazine back in the nineties and the smile it brought to my face as I read them.

For someone who was then just starting out in the IT industry, his wit and umistakable love for all things techie were a welcome break from the dry reviews that would fill up the rest of the mags he wrote for (those pages that weren't inevitably given over to adverts at any rate).

farewell, Guy, you will be sorely missed.

Jag Minhas

Only just heard this terribly sad news. Guy was literally my hero when I was growing up with PCW as an eager and excitable teenager in the eighties. You don't know how much I looked forward to getting the next edition of that magazine after I had read the previous edition word-for-word, cover-to-cover. It was this publication, and his words particularly, which inspired me. When I met Guy years later (2005 I think) when he interviewed me about mobile Internet stuff as part of an O2 product launch I was so excited and somehow felt that I had accomplished something: it was more important to me that I was chatting to Guy than it was talking about our product! I still have a record of a later conversation I had with him by email soon after he found out about his illness, and I will cherish this dialogue for a long time. For despite it being shocking news for him, he was seriously up for a cuppa and a natter. That's how I will remember Guy; resilient and inspiring to the very end. May he rest in peace.

Dana Blankenhorn

I did two.
At SmartPlanet, where I needed a health angle to get it in.

And just now at my own place, where I could say what I wanted.

Eugene Lacey

I worked with Guy for a few short years at ZDNet, but it was long enough to able to say 'yes indeed' to all of the respect and love recorded here. I remember when I landed the job feeling so proud that I would be working with 'the' Guy Kewney. But looking back on those days, and reading the tributes, I see that that was just a small part of you. The Guy I'll remember was the lovely, modest, kind person who treated all of his colleagues the same - and was just as animated talking about food, sailing, sandals or Finsbury Park as he was recounting the conversation he'd just had with Sir Clive Sinclair.

Gareth Powell

Probably I have the least right to write about him. I live mainly in Australia but come to England every three months or so. Normally we had lunch in the Hop Cellar. Guy always wore sandals but would delight us with stories about what was happening in IT in the UK. Thus ours was a sporadic yet deeply felt friendship.

Once I interviewed him for radio and Steve and I were open-mouthed at the fact that not even the most difficult question made him hesitate for a moment. At IT there was no one to compare.

Sadly, he never seemed to get a grip on his personal finances and must have driven the tax man wild.

I shall miss him. A lot.

Gareth Powell at the moment in Bangkok

Wolf Luecker

I only just heard about Guy's death and would like to add my condolences here.

He lived a few doors down the road from me in Finsbury Park for 4 years. Although I kind of work in the same industry, I was never even aware of who he was until very late on, when we had a very brief and for me almost embarrassing chat along the lines of "oh, you are *the* Guy Kewney?".

I just remember him as a very friendly neighbour who would always have a smile on his face and stop for a chat (indeed wearing sandals mostly). He was very sweet with my then very young baby girl and often spoke in a charmingly proud way of his own daughters.

I just told my wife the news of his far-too-early death and, not knowing anything about his professional career and 'fame', was genuinely saddened. He seemed a very lovely man.

Best wishes to his family in this difficult time.

John Earley

Bit late to find this site. I learned about Guy passing away last week from Stevie B - v sorry to hear the news.

My lasting memory of guy was atop an Austrian mountain in the middle of winter where we were forced into a Quiz Competition. Guy was our team leader and we were the Refuseniks and we did score nil points!

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