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Stuart was no longer active...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!
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