A very good friend of mine named Brice Beaman was found dead in a hotel room Tuesday morning. He was one of my best friends. I think he was about as true of a friend as a guy could have. We also shared some common things that we were both very very overweight all of our life. Brice was a really good guy. I mean truly good. He was my mentor in Unix administration and many of the shell scripts I still use today he wrote for me years ago.

I keep saying he was a good guy but I keep wanting to say he was a much gooder guy then me… and I know that is not even a word but its the only way I know how to say it. I will miss him and never forget him.

I have this really weird thing I do to remember people. And… I don’t think I have ever told anyone about it. I name servers after them.

For instance one of our main servers is named GCS3 and I don’t even think dillsmack knows why its named that. Its actually named for my best friend and the guy who really saved my life George Charles Schaeffer the 3rd (GCS3). BTW George is not dead but I felt he deserved the honor anyway. I just never want to forget the people that helped me get to where I am in business and life in general. I log into my servers probably 15 times a day and see that name all the time. It just helps me remember. I know… its probably weird to you but its just important to me.

Well Brice I will always miss you. I loved you like a brother and we had some crazy times together.

The efnet irc operators have made a virtual tombstone if you will for him meaning nobody can ever use his nick. If you get on efnet and do a /wi elljay you will see:

.—————————————– — –
| elljay (services@services.int) (International)
: ircname : In memory of Brice Beaman 1980-2007
| server : services.int (EFNet OpenServices)

So I am pretty sad. I could talk forever about him but I dont think he would have wanted that.

By Jeremy Schoemaker

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  1. Brice (eLLjAy) and a friend picked me up in Peoria IL back in 1997 or so. I met these two on EFNET and got up to some shenanigans that involved a lot of pepsi (.c) while listening to orbital.

    Were you the other dude? I remember we hit a patch of ice driving into the tri-state area and spun brice’s car around several times before landing on the opposite side of the freeway facing on coming traffic.

    Totally bummed to find this out, Brice was a unix genius and a good guy all around.

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