We at InfoWorld are sorry to announce that Ed Foster, InfoWorld's venerable The Gripe Line blogger died this past Saturday. We are all saddened by Ed's passing but grateful for his 15 years of consumer advocacy in the field of technology products through The Gripe Line column and blog.
Ed has contributed to InfoWorld and the technology-using community at large in many ways during his 20-year association with us, as a reporter, writer, editor, and columnist at InfoWorld.
We will all miss his passion and professionalism.
In lieu of flowers, Ed's family asks that donations be made to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in his name.
Ed's son, Jeff, wanted to share the following with Ed's readers:
I'm sorry to inform you all that my dad, Ed Foster, died on Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 59. He was very proud of the work he had done and the community he had built here. He was very engaged in what you all had to say, and we had many running instant message conversations about comments or emails people had sent. He was an extremely smart man, and he loved to be mentally stimulated, whether it was a good book, an interesting conversation, or one of the many comments you posted that made him look at something in a slightly different way. As you can probably tell, I'm not half the writer my dad was, and it's very difficult for me to think of the words to say what I feel (it doesn't help that when I get stuck on a word or phrase, I think "I know, I'll ask my dad!"), but I just want everybody to know that this site and the people on it meant a lot to him. I'm going to miss him. More then words could express, even if he was here to help me think of them.
We invite you to post your remembrances of Ed and any other sentiments you'd like to express at this time.