Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Ján Deák Passed Away
With great regret I have to announce that Ján Deák, one of the most talented programmers in the ZX Spectrum scene, has passed away this weekend aged 46.
Ján was perhaps best known for his multi-channel beeper engines. With his 8-track ZX-7 music editor, he was the record holder for most channels in a 1-bit engine for over 2 decades. As recently as in March this year, he returned to the Spectrum scene after many years of absence to reclaim his title with the groundbreaking 16 channel routine ZX-16. As a member of Slovakia's Bytepack team, he was also involved in the production of several games such as Pick Out 2, Šach-mat, and Tetris 3.
I have only known Ján briefly through online and email conversations, but I'm nontheless deeply saddened and shocked by the news. My condolences go out to his family and friends.