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The whereabouts of Ashraf?
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December 22, 2009
2:15 AM
Locutus
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Has anyone noticed a lack of posts by the head guy?  I hope that if he's on vacation, he's enjoying it!  Otherwise, I thought finals were over by now?  Or what happened?  Frown

Oh, the site that was :(
December 22, 2009
5:26 AM
karen
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I was wondering the same thing.

December 22, 2009
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I wasn't sure where to post this query because it's both hardware and software related.

Basically, my computer has suddenly lost an essential component.

The component is called 'Ashraf'.

One day it was there, fully functioning and dependable as ever.  Next it was gone.

No symptoms. No warning. Nuffink.

And when I've clicked on here for an Ashraf Update, there isn't one.

This is most worrying. I do hope Ashraf will be operational again soon and that whatever has caused this sudden absence is not of a serious nature.

Fingers crossed!

December 22, 2009
8:40 AM
Refpeuk
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Yeah, I was just about to make a thread asking the same thing.

We all can agree Ashraf needs a break once in a while and we can’t begrudge him with it, but it still feels like I’m missing a daily tradition
(of checking this site and reading the new posts)

Let’s hope he’s back soon!

Any comments? Questions? Outbursts?
December 22, 2009
11:27 AM
jumbi
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What worries me is that I see no signs…

And imagination can get crazy in such situations…

Lets hope for the best outcome of this situation

December 22, 2009
12:09 PM
ande
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Let's hope he's just gone for the holidays.  Or maybe traveling without laptop?

December 22, 2009
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Yup, fingers crossed he's travelling without his laptop.

Fingers (and toes) also crossed there'll be some word, soon!!!

December 22, 2009
2:31 PM
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Hope everything is fine and we will see him soon on dottech.

December 22, 2009
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Yeah, I've been a bit worried too. Normally Ashraf posts if he is going away, so it's unusual. I just hope everything is ok with him and his family.

Hi-diddly-ho, Ozzie must go … See you round, dotTechies!
December 22, 2009
9:29 PM
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Hmmm, the plot thickens. 

(Next time, add less starch!)

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December 23, 2009
1:41 AM
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UPDATE:  According to his profile, he hasn't logged into dotTech since the 18th. 

Oh, the site that was :(
December 23, 2009
2:16 AM
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Here's hoping he and his family are all well and nothing serious has happened.

December 23, 2009
2:31 AM
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Agreed, Amnesia.  

Oh, the site that was :(
December 23, 2009
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Locutus said:UPDATE:  According to his profile, he hasn't logged into dotTech since the 18th. 


Hmmm, well more than a bit worried now actually.

Hi-diddly-ho, Ozzie must go … See you round, dotTechies!
December 23, 2009
5:57 AM
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Five days. . . long time for Ashraf to be absent from here.

Anyone have any news from Tucson / Phoenix area?????

December 23, 2009
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I live in the country a few miles outside a “college town.”

I can tell you all that on last friday, 12/18, the town emptied out! As was suggested earlier, finals ended and all the college kids went home (or where ever) for Christmas and New Year's celebrations.

My bet is that that's what's going on with Ashraf. He's probably at home or off with friends somewhere where the idea of sitting on his computer working on a review is the last thing he wants to do.

I see no reason to think anything else is going on, and hope he's having a great time, where ever he is.

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December 23, 2009
6:58 AM
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@ Wheezer: Well, that may be so, but I really doubt it … Ashraf always lets people know when he's going away for an extended period, at which time he hands over the reins to Locutus and his other administrators. Secondly, he doesn't celebrate Xmas. Thirdly, he doesn't drink, so you can rule out the ditching everything to go partying. And while he may well have taken a break, it just isn't true to form that he would do it without at least notifying his second-in-commands. Something's really amiss. And I hope it's nothing serious.

Hi-diddly-ho, Ozzie must go … See you round, dotTechies!
December 23, 2009
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It makes me kinda worried. I mean, he made announcements when dottech would be down for half and hour, so I’m sure he would let us know when he would be gone for days.

Best wishes to Ashraf.

Any comments? Questions? Outbursts?
December 23, 2009
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@Ozzie: I'm not trying to argue with you, I simply stated my opinion. Which is that lots of people go off to do different things this time of year, for many, many different reasons.

I didn't say he was celebrating Christmas, and I didn't say he was off somewhere drinking. Please, read what I write, not what you read into what I write.

All I said is that I wouldn't be surprised if he's off with friends or family having a good time. Which could be doing anything he considers a good time.

If you choose to spend your time worrying that something bad has happened, well, have fun with that.

I choose not to worry about something I have no control over without good reason. And so far, nobody has provided a reason that is sound enough for me to waste time worrying that could have been spent on doing something else.

Have a great day!

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December 23, 2009
10:51 AM
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@ Wheezer: I guess it's human nature to hope for the best whilst being nagged by anxieties about the less-than-best. 

 I don't think anyone in the dot.tech community is a drama queen, seeking out mole hills to magnify into mountains.

But concern is legitimate when a character (as it were) steps out of character.

And Ashraf's 5-day silence is, well, uncharacteristic — hence the number of comments here.

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