I still get the odd text message, but unfortunately he's still without a computer.
I sure wish I could convince him to even buy a low/medium spec laptop just to get online until he can save up for a larger build, but he's still determined to wait until he can afford to build a high end PC for video encoding, which unfortunately means he'll be offline for the foreseeable future.
Two others I really miss are Crabbyappleton and Eltranquil, both who I use to regularly enjoy chatting with. Crabbyappleton was a brilliant news writer here - I remember while visiting him in 2005 he could find, write and post a good story in under 15 minutes. Eltranquil was an Italian forum moderator and use to regularly chat on MSN.