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Title: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: Corrine on August 14, 2005, 11:15:44 PM
(;attach=355;type=avatar) AAPlus (;u=26)

AAPlus was a very special member of the former Team Lavasoft. 
With incredible patience, he helped thousands of people.

We lost Rojas, but we have not forgotten him.
Through the help and encouragement he freely gave,
      his memory lives on.

Rojas will forever live in our hearts.
He will always be with us.


We were not allowed to post a tribute to AAPlus at LS when he died. 
Rojas' son, HJThis, has given permission for this tribute to his Pops.

Title: Re: A Tribute
Post by: Die Hard on August 15, 2005, 06:03:03 AM
    I will never forget Rojas.
He was the first person that was helping me, when I took my first stumbling steps as a helper on the LS forum.
He was my mentor, who with humour and patience lead me through the first hard time and taught me the routines.

He will always remain in my heart and be remembered as a good friend.

Die Hard
Title: Re: A Tribute
Post by: Goatie on August 15, 2005, 07:36:25 AM
I never knew this wonderful man other than I've heard so many and only good things about him, anough to know that he had a mission in life and did it with such competence and extreme kindness.


 When somebody dies,
a cloud turns into an angel,
and flies up to tell the Universe
to put another flower on a pillow.
A bird gives the message
back to the world,
and sings a silent prayer
that makes the rain cry.
People disappear,
but they never really go away.
The spirits up there
put the sun to bed,
wake up grass,
and spin the earth in dizzy circles.
Sometimes you can see them
dancing in a cloud
during the day-time,
when they're supposed
to be sleeping.
They paint the rainbows
and also the sunsets
and make waves splash
and tug at the tide.
They toss shooting stars
and listen to wishes.
And when they sing windsongs,
they whisper to us,
don't miss me too much.
The view is nice
and I'm doing just fine.

Don't think of him as gone away--
his journey's just begun
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nobody loved is ever lost--
and he was loved so much.

HJThis, with my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Pops...
and I'm sure he'll come and wink at you in a rainbow form before long....
Title: Re: A Tribute
Post by: EASTER on August 15, 2005, 07:42:11 AM
I will always REMEMBER with kindest of thoughts AAPlus = ROJAS.
It is still to me like some terrible Dream had happened on hearing of the sad news for the first time, but we all know in reality now that a serious and grievious illness had befallen this incredible and heartwarmimg soul. No one knows perhaps or can possibly understand what he meant to me. I was still very new entering the HJT section of the Forums when AAPlus had returned from a long absence. Never before had i witnessed such zeal as he was able to perform daily in being about the forums as he did. I realize now that he was giving it his very last all in an effort i know will never be repeated again in such way. I am so thankful in that respect to have shared in his work then & that i was also the recipient of many a Forum PM from him when he returned as we exchanged daily and sometimes minute to minute communication and pleasantries along our busy days and nights.

I can often still place myself in those wonderful  minutes we shared together even today and draw some consolation in that there in him always was a real true partner and a understanding friend, that is only untill the realization of the permanent absence sets in again which turns my thoughts again to sorrow.

Thank You ROJAS, your Courage was very evident in those final weeks and days that you put forth your best possible efforts in spite of a debilitating illness that you knew would finally claim your time on this earth from your family. You gave your all thruout day #1 untill the very last reply................
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: mitch on August 15, 2005, 01:55:01 PM
I was one of the many people that he helped in my early days at trying to offer support

he was always there when i needed him, and was that way with everyone
i am not much with fancy words but

AAPluss you were one good man and will be missed by all that you have helped or knew you
farewell my friend
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: hayc59 on August 15, 2005, 02:08:14 PM
R.I.P. Rojas
God Bless  :rose:
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: roddy32 on August 15, 2005, 04:20:35 PM
I, like Goatie did not know him but I would like to join in the tribute if I may.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: normmork on August 15, 2005, 07:13:28 PM
AAPlus gave the the LS forum its heart and soul. He set the culture of the forum. Always helpful, patient and kind but above all encouraging everyone even newbies. l remember many times his encouragement to me also the nickname of Bud.

I really do miss him. I wish he could have seen this forum and the team that he helped build with IAMSKINZ. The hours upon hours he spent at the LS forums was incredible. Everytime I had contact with him I always felt better and encouraged. I felt you could really count on him.

I am glad finally that we can pay tribute to him.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: jamesk on August 15, 2005, 07:38:50 PM
I knew AAPlus only through his posts and the help he gave me once.
He has left many memories for all of his friends (which are many) through his help and caring.

My Condolence to HJThis and his Family in the loss of a loved one.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: Kiwi on August 16, 2005, 10:07:09 AM
Because of business commitments, I cannot spend as much time here as I would wish, but I must add my tribute to Rojas.

It was his encouragement and humour that gave me the impetus to become involved in trying to help others on the forums, and I know that he gave similar support to many others.

He is very sadly missed.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: Felburg on August 16, 2005, 12:34:13 PM
I knew AAPlus only through his posts and the help he gave me once.
He has left many memories for all of his friends (which are many) through his help and caring.

My Condolence to HJThis and his Family in the loss of a loved one.

That's the same with me.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: GR@PH;<'S on August 16, 2005, 07:55:53 PM
We (Netty & I) have lost a dear friend who will remain in our hearts for ever.

Good night my friend.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: Eric the Red on August 16, 2005, 10:53:45 PM
Rojas - fond memories.

He was the one who patiently mentored me as a helper on Lavasoftsupport and it was he who convinced me that I could hack it as a Moderator there.

I miss him.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: FatsGordon on August 17, 2005, 02:01:41 PM
I haven't treated Rojas much in LS, but it's always sad when valuable people like him leave us. I only hope he's in peace and resting now, and his memory will remain in our hearts and minds.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: canuk on August 18, 2005, 03:29:40 PM
Way, way back in the old (and happier) days at LS, I joined the board due to a problem I was having with AdAware and what it had found. I was a newbie, only had my pc for about 6 months at that point. I was way to shy to post my question on the board, so I pm'd an administrator (he shall remained unnamed). Well I received a nasty pm back asking how dare I interrupt him like that, and in some pretty nasty words told me to use the F-ing board. Wow I was thrown for a loop there. Well I thought I don't want anything to do with this place or the program if that is how they treat people.

Well I gave it another try, this time pm-ing someone named AAPlus. Wow what a difference. I received the most pleasant helpful and humorous reply you could imagine, and solved my problem at the same time. We started communicating by PM and became friends and he eventually introduced me to IAMSKINZ (Jerry) and Melanie. I watched carefully as these three moderators conducted themselves and what their answers were and one day I decided to answer a question myself. To my surprise the answer was correct, and there in my PM box were two messages. One from Rojas and one from Jerry congratulating me and encouraging me to keep up the good work. If I had a question I couldn't answer, Rojas was always there to help me and patiently explain to me why I was telling the user this or the other. If he wasn't available, he contacted Jerry and he helped me. Eventually we became like the three mouseketeers. Always on the board, and helping each other keep the board under control.

Then one night I received an email asking me if I would consider becoming a Moderator. I almost fell out of my chair. After much thought, and encouragement from Rojas I accepted. One day a short while after this, I noticed Rojas hadn't been on the board for an unusual length of time. By this time Jerry and I had also developed a close friendship and I guess he felt I could be told the reason for Rojas' periodic absenses.....he was fighting cancer. I was devastated!! Such a wonderful, caring young man and a friend was seriously ill.

I watched thru the next couple years how Rojas would come on the boards and fight through what I knew was excruciating pain help users with the same intensity, respect and humor. If those people he was assisting knew what he had to do just to get on the board, let alone help them they would have been amazed and inspired.

Well ironically, about a year after being made a Mod, I too was diagnosed with cancer. That is when I started to realize first hand what Rojas must be going thru. Well I thought to myself I would do what Rojas did, keep on truckin' and doing the best you can with integrithy and a smile.

I was asked to become an Administrator while in the middle of receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments. I thought to myself I can't do this what if I screw up someione's machine because of the drugs and overalll weakness. Then I thought of Rojas. And I realized I could do it like he inspired me. Do it when you can, with calm, integrity, and humour the same as him so I stayed on until the end of the forums (but that's another story).

I appologize for the long rambling here but this was the only way I could show all of those here that didn't know Rojas, how he inspired me and taught me to just keep on keeping on.

We will become a team again someday Rojas and I, I firmly believe that. So here is a message for you buddy.....until that time comes, rest peacefully in Gods' arms knowing you have a wonderful son carrying on your work helping users fix their computers and a group of wonderfull teammates missing you terribly.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: SpyDie on August 19, 2005, 05:55:47 PM
There were three people that helped me along the way when I first joined LS. That was Melanie (B), Rojas & Jerry. All three of them were aboustley brilliant, they were saints.

Rojas was a very kind man, very friendly & kind-hearted. One of the most horrible illness struck him and now we have lost a very dear friend. He put his heart & soul into what he did & I admire him truly for it.

A brilliant guy, never forgotten.

Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: MadameX on August 22, 2005, 02:20:21 AM
I only just heard of this.

I did not know AAplus, but know HJThis and I must extend my deepest sympathies. My heart goes out to you.

Please forgive the delay in posting this.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: Maddoktor2 on August 22, 2005, 07:31:16 PM
Vaya con Dios, old friend. :(
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: jat38 on August 25, 2005, 05:03:36 AM
I am so very sorry to hear this. :( I didn't know AAPlus other than seeing him at the old LS forums, but I could see that he was always helpful to those who needed it, and very kind as well. He will be missed. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: Andy on September 12, 2005, 09:15:26 PM
AAPlus for me was a unknown team member at LS, there was no tribute or any information posted, so I personally did not know of what he was going through.

I have seen HJThis and his great work, and old posts that AAPlus had posted. Both of amazing standard with the same attuide....

I truely wish I knew him, from reading this, he was the heart of LS. The joint creator of the team that I later joined.

From his work, he produced the atmosphere of the team.

My sympathys go out to his family.

I only wish a true tribute could of been posted at his forums, the forums that he helped at for so long, whenever possible.....
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: Jason on September 13, 2005, 02:08:02 PM
Please forgive the delay in posting, but I wanted those that new AAPlus to have the opportunity to pay their respect at first.

Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to get to know AAPlus.
His postings has however increased my knowledge and brought me reading pleasure, and his avatar pops up on my retina from time to time when I read really helpful hints from someone that gives their outermost to explain some problematic situation for a newbie.

It's always sad to see such a well-liked person not being around his friends and family "down here", but I'm pretty sure he's smiling from above and waving down here to a considerable amount of friends and of course to his family.

My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: thatman on September 15, 2005, 10:18:03 AM
This is a sad day with the loss of AAPlus

But at least the suffering is over no more pain.

My sympathys go out to his family.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: EASTER on September 19, 2005, 05:46:07 AM
I only wish a true tribute could of been posted at his forums, the forums that he helped at for so long, whenever possible.....

I post again in total agreement with that statement, he was every bit an integral immovable part of a very fine and well-oiled machine that ran non-stop on an indefinite course that never ends, the forum might have ended yes, but his great work and all the attention & effort AAPlus (Rojas) put into it and the positive influence on those around him continue to endure and live on.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: HJThis on September 27, 2005, 07:47:47 PM
Hello,To all

To all those who replyed to this thread my deepest apologies
for the delay in my reply.

as some of you may know i lost my dad to
cancer. & on 9/12 my older brother passed
away on us, & as i was thinking god how

much more can my moms take 2 of my dads
brothers passed away a week apart it has
not been a good year to be a Rojas

i & the family thank you all from the
bottom of are heart for all your great
words they do help more then you can know

Thank you
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: winchester73 on September 27, 2005, 11:36:33 PM
You are in my thoughts and prayers matey ... give Mom a big hug.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: EASTER on September 28, 2005, 06:13:31 AM
Posted by: HJThis
i & the family thank you all from the
bottom of are heart for all your great
words they do help more then you can know

Thank you

You are most certainly WELCOME HJThis, you are every bit the strong symbol of integrity and spirit to this global security community as your most faithful and caring Dad always was.
I am to this very day still equally saddened and disheartened greatly that your father had to go thru such a painful and distressful time as did the entire family.
Speaking from experience of losing both my parents 2 years apart, i share in the dismay and heartache. There is no worse disappointment on earth then to discover a serious debilitating illness is claiming their health and one day suddenly waken to find those closest to you are no longer within reach. There are no replacements whatsoever that can ever substitute their absence, but if there is to be any consolation to these experiences we are met with in this life, it has to be that another time and place will surely come when we once again can meet up with our most loved ones and be reunited within that other place and time to never have to part from them again.
That is my hope and encouragement, and hopefully you too can find something in these thoughts to help carry you thru some of those worse moments that often can and do return which are difficult at best to accept or understand.
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: R3D on May 12, 2006, 10:40:38 PM
Wow, This really hits home with me here...

Well, I guess this is my hello to this forum and the people that know me as "Erik_The _R3d" (Aka. - The "other", "other" Erik, lol), as well as my condolences for AAPlus.  I can only sum up the man and his efforts with just a few very powerful words, "Boundless Integrity with a Smile".

I sympathize with you as well as empathise with what you, (HJThis), and Canuck have gone and are going through.  I myself was diagnosed with Melanoma on my back.  this is after being diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis, a herniated disk, and bad eye sight, lol...  I'm not sure which came first, but I am pretty sure it was NOT my memory that went first.   :lol:

AAPlus was very helpful and was a calm port in the storm of a raging sea of unhappy visitors that came to the LS site just a bit disgruntled over their predicament with malware, (or whatever they are calling it today).  he handled even the most irate clients with great aplumb and an insightful tenacity for the customer's well being and care of their systems.  Even though he helped over a forum, you could tell he knew what you were going through and that he could help you out, if given the chance.  Setting people at ease was second nature to him and in that I am sure he was gifted in more ways than I can ever imagine.

HJThis, I am not sure if I remember talking with you on the LS forum or not.  Ok, maybe my memory has gone as well, heheh.  I am sorry for your loss and for your family's loss as well, but if you grow up in the reflected image of your father, then there is cause for celebration and blessing in that.  I wish you well and good fortune for you and your family.   :)

Ok, so those that know me, HI!  and those that do not, er, well, HI to you too!   :D  I will try to be around a bit more often, but I am STILL looking for a job, and I need to get health care to take care of a few things on my back, literally...   :shock:

love and peace!   8)
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: IAMSKINZ on May 31, 2008, 10:03:50 PM
I have finnaly came to terms with this.

I simply could not deal with GoGo being gone..
I have no words to explain it till now
I wrote something then it after reading it a few times, I knew who I writ it for....

Rojas I know you will appreciate it, I miss you so much my brother

Seventeen Screaming SpollyDoyings,
They are screaming and dancing again....

Seventeen Screaming SpollyDoyings dancing in my brain
None come, nor do they go
Appearring uninvited as I carry on
Disrupting the chain of my normal thought
Where do they hide when I need them
Looking into the eye of my own confusion
Seeing answers to problems I do not have
Others thank me and walk away
A twisted smile covers my long face
    and I stand here alone without
    without the clue or the missing piece
    to find the empty hole that is in my heart
    so I agin wander alone in my own abyss.
As I listen to their songs and watch them frolic
Inside my soul their happiness
Seems to be my continuing streaming tears
Uncontrolled they are, all seventeen
Only making the scene when I can feel pain
The pain that comes from within a wounded heart
A heart that has bled for others for to long
My feet do not carry me away from this pain
So I stay, listen, and help others with thier issues
    soon as always, I stand agin alone
    agin all alone, searching for the clue
    or the missing piece that I cannot find
    Knowing that my wisdom has helped another to continue on.
The screaming and dancing SpollyDoyings seem to know
My closing hour as they pick up their **** and go
Back into the depths of my brain or wherever they hide
As my conciousness catches up with the confusion factor
Created by the mindless fools that only care to take
I once agin I find my feet, this time they carry me away
Carrying me away to yet another place of unforseen greed
Greed contained inside of another shell of a once good person
Walking through clouds of hidden faces and minds of lost soles
    i silently cry as I once more see outstretch hands
    all of them begging and none with any nourishment
    so to the fields of my own open mind I find the food
    food I need to consume to continue on continuing on.
I am looking down at the feet that carry me on from field to field
Wondering how much of my own empty mind I can consume before
Finding those Seventeen Screaming SpollyDoyings that anchor me down
It seems that now I am eating into my own conciousness
Not bandaging the wounds that are bleeding me out
I know others see the stains on my heart and yet they continue
Continue cutting away at the wounds that they or others have opened
Feeding upon the kindness that I unmercifully share with all
While walking alone confused wondering why I am walking alone
    as another sunset comes and the sunrise goes
    backwards, yes it is, but it is my course and I walk it
    not all all alone as I have thought time and agin
    cause the vibrations are beginning to rattle my bones.
As one by one, the Seventeen Screaming SpollyDoyings appear
This time they emerge one at a time from my inner ear
They cross my cheek to stop on the tip of my nose
Standing there each one looks me deep into my eyes
Then simply start laughing, each with a different pitch
Looking deeper yet into my eyes they find what they want
I twitch feeling the loss that is their gain, feeling my awareness they turn
Laughing as they run away back to wherever they hide inside my brain
Dissappearing before I can capture one, I hear the dancing begin agin
    the headache is coming on now, but I live with it
    living with the hope that one day someone will appear
    someone that may help me round up them little bastards
    cause I know they have the clue to help me find my missing pieces.
The missing pieces I need to answer my own questions
The missing pieces that are the hole in my heart
The missing pieces needed to stop all of this rain
The missing pieces that are the blue skies of my life
The missing pieces of the sunshine of my soul
The missing pieces which are the ones needed by those who love
The missing pieces that make up the stage inside of me
The missing pieces of myself on which the Screaming SpollyDoyings preform
If it were to happen, then I would be able to dissappear
    the Seventeen Screaming SpollyDoyings know this
    and so do all that I know, and most that I have yet to meet
    the badgering will continue and I will keep scratching backs
    of those who are simply those who make up the human race.
As noone looks, I slip into my own clown suit and begin to laugh
Laugh I do, laughing with others as they do
Do they know it is me, do they care, do they?
The confused Seventeen Screaming SpollyDoyings emerge
They jump up and down upon my head until I agin
Wake up from that dream
Waking up to hear the reality of them dancing inside my head
Even in the neverKnow land of the asleepin
I am fooled by my foolish thoughts of an unknown happy reality
    so the hidden pieces stay hidden
    I continue on without a clue
    loving all life as I always do
    even with the thunder that reverberates inside of my head.
...I feel the Seventeen Screaming SpollyDoyings dance on and on
Singing the same song long into the night
and the lonely tears flow freely down my cheek
Dripping off, landing on the ground joining the others there
At my feet they pool together
Creating what is known to most
Simply as a mudPuddle...
Tired, I somehow find a place that I can truely rest
Time goes by and I recover, awakening to begin another path
    but, i know they are still there
    waiting for me
    to be me
    so they can once agin dance inside my brain
I will never change my simple vulnerable ways even though I alone feel the pain
Of those Seventeen Smiling SpolyDoings that live inside my brain.
Co-Founding Member of ASAP
Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: IAMSKINZ on May 31, 2008, 10:15:32 PM
AAPlus was the soal that is in my heart.
He created me
That man was the backbone that I have
I still cannot deal with his going home
I loved GoGo mor than myself
I appologize for the time it took for me to aknoledge this and speak my peace...

That man was the Gold of Gold....

I miss calling him and his words that kept my head held high.
If it were not for Rojas, I would have never had the balls to join you all.

I cannot say nothing more than this......

He was the best
Title: Re: A Tribute For AAPlus
Post by: hayc59 on April 25, 2015, 06:19:45 PM
Rojas, Still in my heart and thoughts!!