A memorial and a thank-you.

Two weeks ago today the Linux Mint blog announced the passing of Mats Geier, well-known in their forums as “Husse”. The 250-plus comments below the post make for a powerful tribute, the likes of which I’ve not seen anywhere else on the web.

As I’ve only dabbled in Mint myself I never had the pleasure of interacting with Mr. Geier on the forums, but I think I know people like him….

buddycloud: Location done right.

Available right now for mobiles running Nokia’s S60/Symbian OS and coming soon for Android and crippled Internet appliances, buddycloud automates the tedium of manual check-ins. As soon as you “teach” it a particular place — by entering as much or as little detail as you choose to — it uses any combination of cellular towers, GPS, WiFi antennas and even Bluetooth radios to figure out when you’ve returned.

It’s one of those things that makes you wonder why nobody thought of it sooner…