Martin Mellody, mellodym, died today 10th of July, 2009, aged 34 (1975-2009)

July 10th, 2009

In the words of one of Skynet’s founding members, Ivan Griffin:

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the untimely death of an early Skynet user, Martin Mellody (mellodym), aged 34.

Martin was killed last night in a car crash, driving from Dublin to Limerick.

He studied Computer Engineering in UL, and did a Masters by Research & Thesis for Dr. John Nelson.  After college, he worked for a number of semiconductor related companies as an employee and contractor, and more recently co-founded high-profile Irish tech startup, Movidia.com

Martin was one of the most brilliant and intelligent engineers I know. He had an amazing capacity to tackle any problem (technical or otherwise) irrespective of complexity. He was also a mate, and a good chap to have a chat over a few pints with.

We always had fun philosophical debates on the merits of FLOSS vs Microsoft – despite using Linux regularly, Martin was a die-hard Windows devotee – e.g. http://www.linux.ie/old-list/13093.html

His home page, http://www.skynet.ie/~mellodym had one of the earlist “under construction” tags I remember seeing on the web. I joked with him on occasion that it was real timewarp seeing – like the early days of the web back in the mid 90s. I guess now it will forever remain under construction.

I am very saddened by the news, and my sincerest sympathies go to his family.