Yeah, it's a shame to see the passing of betterviewdesired.com. You could always count on Steve for an honest comparison--until he lent his name to Leupold for use in their Pinnacle advertisements, you were always certain that he stood to gain little from his reviews other than the joy of having published them.
He stopped updating the sight when he took the job with Zeiss because he didn't want there to appear to be a confilict of interest.
The site provided invaluable information that you couldn't find elsewhere--manufacturer catalogs typically drop out the information on older lines once new ones are introduced. He had great reviews of all the classic mid-price lines--Meade Safari, Minolta Classic and Activa, Olympus Pathfinder, etc.--that are now lost forever.
His insights were consistent, his standards were high, and his writing was superb. For 10 years he provided information that you couldn't get anywhere else.
And now it's gone.
I wish I'd have printed out the whole site before it went down...