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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RE: Shame
by Vanders on Tue 10th Apr 2012 09:44 UTC in reply to "Shame"
Vanders
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2005-07-06

So sad yet its inevitable that those people who we idolized during our childhood are starting to die of old age.


I don't know if "idolized" is really the correct word when it comes to Jack Tramiel. Chuck Peddle and Jay Miner, sure, but Jack? Jack was one mean businessman, but he made plenty of mistakes (backwards compatibility issues being the biggest).

That's not to say I don't think Jack was a great man who did a hell of a job with Commodore Business Machines and Atari, but I do believe that if he'd only listened to his engineers a little better, Jack Tramiel could've given Steve Jobs a run for his money!

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RE[2]: Shame
by bbell on Tue 10th Apr 2012 14:04 in reply to "RE: Shame"
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2006-05-04


I don't know if "idolized" is really the correct word when it comes to Jack Tramiel. Chuck Peddle and Jay Miner, sure, but Jack? Jack was one mean businessman, but he made plenty of mistakes (backwards compatibility issues being the biggest).


That is very true. But, I think it is today we idolize the engineers. In 1982 as a early teen I do not remember us knowing of the engineers (remember there was no internet or wikipedia available to us). Most news we heard (through magazines presumably) would always mention Jack Tramiel, or perhaps the name of the marketing person at Commodore that was quoted.

It wasn't until the C128 and Amiga with the easter eggs and signatures in plastic that we learned about those engineers that made it all possible.

Of course now we realize the full story through the internet and great books like "On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore".

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RE[3]: Shame
by wanker90210 on Wed 11th Apr 2012 14:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Shame"
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2007-10-26

That book was so depressing. All the leverage Commodore had and then Gould & Ali killed it with moronic decisions. Sad. The industry benefited from the competition.

Now 95% of all computers are PC/Windows and the only thing happening between major windows upgrades is that the gayness level increases by 30%.

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