I was shocked and saddened when I read on Dan Farber's blog that Russell Shaw passed away on Friday, 14 March. I met Russell at Gnomedex last year after communicating with him virtually over the year previous to that. He was a fellow ZDNet blogger and wrote the IP Telephony and BlackBerry blogs. I enjoyed both of his blogs and read them every day. He lived close to me in Portland, Oregon and I am sorry I didn't get to know him a bit better. He was a very kind person and helpful to me as well. I pray that his friends and family are comforted during this time of grief and am sorry to see another ZDNet blogger pass away at such a young age.