Very sad... I hope his son will carry on with the Archy project. One Slashdot poster actually suggested that Apple should pay tribute to Jef by supporting Archy. It'd be nice, but I doubt it's going to happen. Looks like they may not even put up a mention/tribute on the Apple website.
As for me... I haven't had problems with the several Macs I've bought. And BTW-- Look at your calendar... It's no longer "early on".