Thanks Tim

Filed Under Mac on May 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Tim VerpoortenThis is not going to be an easy post to write, and I really hope I do it justice.

The Apple/Mac community lost one of it’s finest podcasters today. Tim Verpoorten wasn’t the first Apple/Mac podcaster, but he was one of the very earliest generation. I think it would be fair to call him a father figure to many of us who followed. I know he was one of the podcasters who inspired me to pick up the microphone myself, and I doubt I’m alone in that.

Tim had been unwell for some time, and hung up his microphone to concentrate on his health a while ago, but we all hoped it would just be a temporary hiatus. I don’t think any of us in the community wanted to believe we’d heard the last of Tim’s distinctive and friendly voice.

Every good Apple/Mac podcast brings something unique to the table, and Tim’s Mac Review Cast brought fantastic reviews week after week after week for years and years. Tim had a knack for finding great apps, particularly free ones, and he was able to find and review them at a truly impressive rate. Most people can mange either quantity or quality, but Tim could do both at the same time. Although he reviewed many many apps, you could always tell when an app really appealed to him. Those apps were almost never large apps with lots of features, but small apps that did just one thing, but did it really well. It’s fair to say Tim had a bit of a thing for menubar apps.

Because I learned about so many great apps on the Mac Review Cast, I regularly look up at my menu bar, or into my dock, and think of Tim. One app in particular that I’ll always associate with him is the light-weight Mac-like text editor Smultron. I’d almost given up on finding an editor like this for the Mac, when I heard Tim review Smultron, and gave it a go. It was love at first sight, and that cute red strawberry icon will always bring back fond memories of Tim.

Tim was one of the founders of the Mac Round Table Podcast (MRT), and it was through that podcast that I was fortunate enough to get to ‘work’ (play more like) with Tim. One of the great things about the MRT is how different all the contributors are, and how that opens up some great conversations. We often agreed on things, but when it comes to temperament, I think myself and Tim were polar opposites – I’m know for being the cranky Irishman (sorta) who’s prone to impassioned (and hopefully entertaining) rants, while Tim was always as cool as a cucumber – I can’t remember him ever getting flapped, and I can’t remember him ever having a bad word to say about anyone. I think it’s much easier to go on a rant than it is to remain calm and collected, and I greatly admired Tim’s coolness.

I never met Tim in the real world, yet I feel I’ve lost a friend. The Mac community has certainly lost one of it’s finest ambassadors, but my thoughts are with the Verpoorten family tonight – their loss is so much greater than ours.

The photo that accompanies this post is a crop from this image by Allison Sheridan.


5 Responses to “Thanks Tim”

  1. Gazmaz on May 18th, 2013 7:50 pm

    Here here Bart, I did my first ever review for Tim. He was a great influence on me and I’m sure many others. If there is a heaven he deserves to be chatting to Steve right now.

  2. Jeff LeMond on May 18th, 2013 8:16 pm

    Well said Bart. I will miss Tim on Mac Roundtable.
    The Mac community was very fortunate to have him for sure.

    Blessings to the Verporten family.

  3. Sandy on May 19th, 2013 1:19 am

    I will miss him, though I never met or spoke with him. His was one of the first podcasts I found that gave me information I wanted, and his delivery was so good that I never felt disappointed in something he recommended. This is a loss to the entire Mac community.

  4. Melissa Davis on May 19th, 2013 6:17 pm

    Thanks so much for your post, Bart. I’m grateful to have received this sad news from you in my feed reader instead of just a slew of retweets. It was a gentle shock. I knew his health wasn’t good but I was so hopeful he’d been improving. I’m so sad. It’s confusing grieving the loss of someone I’ve never met in person, but I feel he gave so much and he will be terribly missed indeed. Long live his legacy and inspiration!

  5. Bob DeGrande on May 19th, 2013 10:42 pm

    Beautifully written, and Tim deserved every word of it, of course. He has influenced and helped a generation of podcasters.

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