Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Feb 2008 19:58 UTC
Amiga & AROS Ars has published part VI in their series of articles on the history of the Amiga. "When a corporation is bleeding money, often the only way to save it is to drastically lower fixed expenses by firing staff. Commodore had lost over USD 300 million between September 1985 and March 1986, and over USD 21 million in March alone. Commodore's new CEO, Thomas Rattigan, was determined to stop the bleeding."
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Rattigan & Commodore
by hauger on Mon 11th Feb 2008 22:55 UTC
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I don't get it either. The Ars article goes on to say how bad things were, and how successful Rattigan was at turning things around in such a short period (one year: March 86 to March 87). You have to figure there was some outstanding and epic personality conflicts to turf such a fiscally successful CEO. It would have been nice to see this expanded on a bit.

One other thing that gets me....I'm a bit into the history of computers/technology. It drives me nuts that most documentaries/publications attribute Apple as the founding fathers of the personal computer, and that the PC industry consisted of (1) Apple, (2) IBM, (3) Microsoft, and oh yeah...there were some other guys maybe too. It's good to see Ars give Commodore (and the Amiga) it's due.

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RE: Rattigan & Commodore
by Vanders on Mon 11th Feb 2008 23:17 in reply to "Rattigan & Commodore"
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Yes, Commodore is an odd omission when you consider that the C64 was the best selling home computer in the world. It's a bit of a big thing to miss. Likewise the impact of people like Sir Clive Sinclair is under-estimated: the Spectrum and Spectrum clones sold millions of units during the 80's. These companies were not "also rans".

The same happens when people cover early mainframe and minicomputer eras. When was the last time you saw anything more than a passing reference to SDS or Xerox mainframes, or CDC mini? It's like IBM were the only people building mainframes and DEC were the only people to ever build a mini.

Frankly, no one has yet done a truly exhaustive history text. I've toyed with the idea but it's not like I have the years of free time it would take to research and write.

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RE[2]: Rattigan & Commodore
by Soulbender on Tue 12th Feb 2008 05:55 in reply to "RE: Rattigan & Commodore"
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Yes, Commodore is an odd omission when you consider that the C64 was the best selling home computer in the world.

Keyword being "world". It wasn't in the U.S so that probably explains why they're often left out.
Same for the Spectrum and many other home computers that existed back in the day like Dragon, Oric, Microbee, BBC Micro etc etc. 'Twas exciting times.

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