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Ed Foster has died. · 07/29/2008 12:49 PM, Tech

As reported on his site Gripe 2 Ed and reprinted below.

Ed Foster was a long time columnist for many tech magazines and a stalwart defender of consumer rights in tech purchases. Bad DRM, obnoxious clickwrap and shrinkwrap licenses, egregious tech support policies… they all were railed upon by Ed, who got both tech press attention and community support to make companies do the right thing. He was always a good read, and I wish there were a million more like him.

He will be very missed.


Ed Foster: 1949-2008

By Jeff Foster, Section The Gripelog
Posted on Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 04:59:24 PM PDT

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.

Services are going to be held on Saturday. For more information, Please email me


See the comments at for kind sympathy.

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