Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 19:51 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Very sad news indeed. Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and the man behind Atari, has passed away this past weekend. At 83, he passed away, surrounded by family and friends. People like this don't come in dozens, so we lost one of the great men of computing.
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Fond memories...
by Zbigniew on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:29 UTC
Zbigniew
Member since:
2008-08-28

My first machine was Commodore VC-20 (end of August 1984). It had entire 3,5 KB of RAM...

Yes, VC-20 - not VIC-20 - since it was german version, advertised as "Volkscomputer" (anyone remember that too?).

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RE: Fond memories...
by MOS6510 on Tue 10th Apr 2012 04:31 in reply to "Fond memories..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I have working VC-20 in the attic.

It wasn't called the VIC in Germany, because it sounded too much like a rude word. So they dropped the letter 'i' and 'VC' make a lot of people think about VW (Volkswagen).

So it wasn't actually planned, but it did help sell them.

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RE[2]: Fond memories...
by Sauron on Tue 10th Apr 2012 12:55 in reply to "RE: Fond memories..."
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

I have a Atari 600XL and a 800XL with boatloads of hardware add-ons, Also an Amiga A1200 with 030 accelerator/expansions and such. I still use all of them even now and they all work flawlessly like they did when they left the factory. They knew how to make em back then!
This is is sad news indeed. RIP Jack, may you find the golden keyboard of eternity.

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RE[2]: Fond memories...
by amadensor on Tue 10th Apr 2012 14:47 in reply to "RE: Fond memories..."
amadensor Member since:
2006-04-10

I understand. I have a PET 2001 N32 (With the Skyles Electric works V4 Basic chip), a CBM 8032, A 2040 disk drive (software upgraded to 4040), a 1541, a 1581, a printer (forgot the number) and even a 128. Most of it works. The 8032 and 2040 have some RAM chip problems and don't recognize all of their memory, but all still power up. I have pictures of my 7 year old playing on the PET. It is so cool.

RIP Jack.

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