Fjalar Ravia, requisat en pace.

May 08, 2009

I just returned home a few minutes ago from celebrating the greater feast of someone whom I have admired greatly for a number of years.

Fjalar Ravia, better known to the hacker community as Fravia+, was a master of reverse engineering software. Not just for cracking the copy protection of games but reverse engineering for the purpose of figuring out how code works for the sake of doing so. He was also known for his skill at crafting search engine queries to uncover the damndest things in the deep web. Since 1995, he'd written an amazing number of tutorials on those topics which were posted to his website along with the essays of many other RE enthusiasts. If you wanted to learn how to pick code apart Fravia+'s website (or one of its many mirrors) were probably one of the first sites you found, and even though some of the information's a little outdated it's still an excellent place to start.

He passed away on Sunday, 3 May 2009 following a battle with a cancer called metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the neck which claimed his life at the age of 57. It appears to have moved swiftly: a message posted in October of 2008 suggests that he'd been diagnosed sometime in 2006 or 2007. A document he called his swan song was posted to his website on 29 April 2009.

Fravia+ is survived by his wife Annele, a daughter Franziska, and twins Alvi and Sirkka.

Fravia+, may there be debuggers that step backwards as well as forwards wherever it is you are.

"A feast for fire and a feast for water; a feast for life and a greater feast for death!"
--Liber AL vel Legis, chapter II verse 41
I probably shouldn't put this in a eulogy, but I don't know how much longer his site's going to be around so I thought I'd post a link to the page on his site from which you can download compressed mirrors of all of his material. Pull them both because the file update.tar.bz2 contains newer material than that in the core archive.