On 29 Mar 2018 at 10:40, Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users wrote: > I regret to have to report that I heard this morning of the > death of Stuart Honeyball of Miracle Systems.
When I read the subject "Stuart Honeyball" I somehow expected he'd attend a QL meeting, publish his memoirs, or anything, but not that. Every loss of a QL legend is tragic, but this one hurts me deeply. It was always the hardware that attracted me to the QL, and before I could afford my own printed circuit boards, Stuart Honeyball was like a hero for me. To own a legendary GoldCard was almost more desirable than the QL itself. I remember how proud I felt when Stuart Honeyball lent me an ear about the 68020 processor, while I was still a QL nodbody. At that time, he was reluctant about an upgrade to the GoldCard, because (coming from the 68000 and the QXL's 68040) Stuart was not aware the 68020 had dynamic databus sizing. I talked with him about my working '020 wirewrap board, and how I patched QDOS so most of it worked with the '020. In the end, I could convince him, and it felt like I had given the SuperGoldCard a kick-off :) In my QL times, Stuart Honeyball was the only person who brought QL systems which contained the "heart" of a computer, the microprocessor and its surroundings. The GC, SGC and QXL were not just peripherals. They were computers, except graphics. That's what inspired me, and what I later did my own way, with the Q40, Q60 and Q68. Now I somehow feel like "the only one left". Stuart was no longer active... but still... Having good hardware ideas is one thing. Actually finishing a computer, so people can buy it, is a different thing. Especially as a single person in the small QL scene. Stuart Honeyball did both. He did it great. We will always remember him! Peter _______________________________________________ QL-Users Mailing List