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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 04:30 AM


I fear I have sad news. Our friend Ruud Dingemans has passed away on june 18th 2013.

Some of you might know that he was suffering from a brain tumor and that things weren't looking good. Indeed they were not.

Rudy was a prominent member of our little community who truly loved Grand Prix Legends and everything about it, not in the least the community itself. Always the pleasant and helpful character, he will be missed.


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Ruud Dingemans, editor of the first hour at MacFan is Monday at the age of 48 deceased from the effects of a lingering illness. As a result of his illness, he had already his contributions to MacFan.nl specify and also writing articles did not work anymore. The most successful series on Apple Macintosh models MacFan currently publishes Ruud completed within sight of its final deadline.
MacFans first editor Alfred Konijnenbelt remember Ruud with the following words:
Ruud Dingemans was, perhaps only within the group of freelance employees MacFan, a true nerd. Technology was his passion and his life, he knew the specifications of almost every Mac out of his head, down to the smallest detail. By day he slept mostly in the evening and at night were his productive hours.

Since the website MacFan in 1998 was in the air, kept Ruud daily news. So he also scored firsts especially in the night hours, as colleagues on one ear layers. Most items had an input time of around 6:00 pm, when he had finished. His daily search for relevant news
Because nerd or not, Ruud was above all a journalist. With its mores of a reporter: Facts are facts, and news is only suitable for publication if it is checked by a second source. The phenomenon of 'rumor', that many other Apple-oriented sites furore, was a total abomination him. Partly because of that unshakable arrangement grew into a site MacFan.nl may not always be sexy, but thoroughly reliable news about Apple, Mac and surroundings.
The articles he wrote for MacFan were always elaborate and full of well-researched facts. Ruud had a slight tendency towards the past, when Apple was not so mainstream. Also because he likes with computers and surrounded by no broad stock market had, second-or third-hand Macs are simply a lot cheaper than the latest models. Usually he was only held during a test. For MacFan he placed a lot of facts in historical perspective.
Proudly he was on the mail contact that he maintained some time with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Woz, as he amicably called him, was a welcome source of information, especially since Steve Jobs childhood friend was not afraid to share. Transverse an opinion or an unconventional insight
One of the other highlights of Ruuds life was also undoubtedly weeklong Japan. That he had, like everything he did, prepared to perfection. A year in advance, maybe already longer, he was Japanese embarked on a course to also be able to talk with others. Than university-educated people The itinerary was also long been predetermined. And of course he could not resist to send, even though that was not really fresh news more. A report from the Apple Store in Tokyo the world Who Ruud not so well known was the trip to the East might be a surprise, because he got no further as often outside his Brabant village in the shadow of the Efteling.
An incurable brain tumor was too early to end the life of Ruud Dingemans.

So Alfred Konijnenbelt.
Journalist Ruud Dingemans earned his degree in 1992 at the Academy of Journalism in Tilburg. He arrived in technology journalism waterway through Start, the magazine of the Atari ST. Later he worked on the Amiga Magazine and then publishing Divo MacFan founded in 1995 Ruud was also at.
In addition to background articles Ruud kept long time advice to readers who knocked problems with Apple hardware and software at MacFan. Colleagues were always a helpful suggestion visit this leader in service.



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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 05:17 AM

Sorry to hear this - I had hoped he could prove the doctors wrong and not join Jim (Clark) and Steve (Jobs) that early.

R.I.P. Ruud.

My thoughts are with his family.


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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 05:36 AM

Awww, nuts!  :(

RIP, Rudy.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 06:26 AM

Very bad to hear this. Ruud has gone forever  R.I.P. Ruud

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 06:41 AM

A very sad news indeed. I ´m speechles.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 07:12 AM

Echo what people have said so far " a great shock and a sad loss to all here on this community".
My deepest sympathy's to his friends and family at this time of grief.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 07:41 AM

That is sad. I hope he is in a better place now.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 07:51 AM

Very sad news. Ruud was always so helpful and shared wonderful things with us. RIP Rudy

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 08:04 AM

Very sad to hear :'(

May he rest in peace.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 08:09 AM

My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family.
At 48 that's no age at all.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 08:11 AM

Sad news.

R.I.P. Ruud :(

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 08:19 AM

:rip:  Ruud!

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Hard to find words, Sad news!

We will miss you Rudy.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 08:35 AM

His absence lately was a sign that it didn't go well.
I'm very sorry to hear that Ruud has passed away.

May he Rest In Peace and my condolences to his family.

Edited by MECH, Aug 11 2013 - 11:10 AM.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 08:37 AM

A life cut short way too soon.  Ruud has been a huge presence in our community, both insightful and outspoken.  I will miss him greatly.

Condolences to his family.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 08:51 AM

Very very sad. Way too young to leave us.

R.I.P buddy

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 09:18 AM

I knew this was coming, but it's still sad news.  This hit close to home for me because we were nearly the same age and because Rudy was the first internet friend I ever made.  I had posted a problem I was having at RSC about 11 years ago.  I don't remember what the specific problem was, but it had to do with GPL and Windows.  Rudy was the first to answer and he gave me the advice that fixed my problem, after lecturing me about how much Windoze (that's what Rudy called it) sucks and that I should buy a Mac, of course. ;)  Well, he never was able to convert me to Macs, but it was the start of a friendship through the internet that lasted until Jun 18th of this year.  So long, dear friend!  I shall miss you.  I'm sorry that you're gone, but grateful that your suffering is over.

Besides GPL, Ruud's other sim racing passion was the vintage Formula V mod for rFactor that he was part of.  He also made about a half dozen tracks for rFactor with that mod in mind.  I think I'll fire up rFactor today and drive some vintage Formula Vee's on Rudy's tracks.  He'd like that.

Remco, thank you for posting this.  I was hoping one of his countryman would see an obituary or something when the time came and would let us know.  It's sad news, but it's good to know and not wonder about it.


edit.  It was the vintage f v mod that Rudy loved.  Added vintage to my post.

Edited by dbell84, Aug 11 2013 - 10:48 AM.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 09:22 AM

Sad news indeed very sad and to soon gone , rest in peace Rudy .
May i give my Condolences to his family .

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 09:25 AM


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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 09:47 AM

Sayonara Rudy.

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Posted Aug 11 2013 - 09:50 AM

Damned, very sad news. :(

I had hoped for Rudy.
The good go first.
RIP Rudy.

My condolences to his family.
And as Andy writes, 48 is no age.

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