Sad news. Condolences to his family. He had an amazing ability to be the "first responder" to questions on the Google forum.
I didn't know tedster like many of you. I know tester as the handle, the moderator at the forum. I knew or came to my own conclusions, but certainly the posts here have been enlightening.
I would best say that tedster and I didn't see eye to eye. It's sad to me that I can't say thank you for reinstating my ability to post here again. I've been at the wrong end of tedster on a couple occasions. I think in a lot of ways he was saddened by the direction of the forums and the negativity towards Google as of late. Having learned more about tedster from posts here, I have a far better appreciation for why he felt the way he did.
Certainly he gave the forum a direction and feel and kept it as clean as possible. Less clutter, more substance.
On a side note, I've been recently suspended by tedster. I had a few back and forth pleads on sticky mail with tedster on getting myself reinstated. I only had the courage to check this past week from his last sticky mail which was sitting there for about 4 months. I really didn't want to read another denial. I chose to wait as long as possible to spare myself the feeling of another denial. However, it was in fact a reply from tedster saying that my posting privileges have been reinstated. Sadly it was only this past week I checked, and the opportunity to say thank you has passed. I couldn't say it personally to him, but I know he knows how much I appreciate having my name cleared. It meant a great deal to me. It took some convincing let me tell you!
All this said, tester I promise to be a good boy and to keep my rants at a minimum. I will keep focused on what works. Thanks to tedster I certainly leaned my lesson. I love the Google too! That was the missing part of our dialogue I think. My passion was like oil to tedster's water. What a guy!
I appreciate getting to know the man behind the handle.