I understand that it's very posthumous now, but I felt it necessary to say.
Andre was my mentor and friend. Andre took the time and the patience to invest in me when I first came to California to work for Cisco (he made the final call on hiring me). Over the course of the next year and a half we became friends working on the Nova (an IOS on Linux) project at Cisco and after I left the Nova group at Cisco we periodically kept in touch over the phone, saw him in person at work when I dropped by the Milpitas office, etc.
There were many times that he sat down and talked me through various technical and non-technical discussions. We usually hung out and coded while watching Bleach (that was our usual Tuesday thing when he'd come down from his house after working remote for the rest of the week), and there was more than one occassion where we worked into the night solving problems (I am a night owl and Andre was almost always awake working on something big for the group). He was the one guy I knew who could deliver to completion without breaking too much of a sweat, could think through problems 100%, would test his stuff completely, would give me sound technical advice, and was never short of awesome, snarky programming comments.
Andre was never short of amusing stories with lessons embued in them, and he was always there with a smile when needed (and frequently invoked groans/smiles from those around him :)..).
Andre's passion for technical correctness and design was unparalleled. His abrasive, yet caring attitude for his coworkers and lightheardness is something that I haven't come across in my professional career thus far, and something that I will probably not find again.
Andre: thank you for being my mentor, for being a part of my life and I will miss you friend. Hopefully you're out there pissing off the minority doing the right thing for everyone else like you did so often passionately in the past when you were alive; I will do my best to honor your memory.