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[3]: Don't feel sad
by kovacm on Wed 11th Apr 2012 11:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Don't feel sad"
kovacm
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2010-12-16

Yes, he led two of the companies which produced some of the computers some of us cherished in our kid years, but that is a far from being a technological "innovator."


at Commodore 64 - 25th Anniversary Celebration Steve Wozniak noted that the Apple II was cheaper to build than the PET 2001 and sold for three times the price. "We wanted to build a company that would be around for awhile," he poked Jack.

Jack Tramiel make computers affordable to millions of people.

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RE[4]: Don't feel sad
by tylerdurden on Wed 11th Apr 2012 19:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Don't feel sad"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

So he followed a business model of low margin/high volume. That proves my point that he was a business man.

The "innovators" are the guys working on the design of the machines, not the one making bank off them.

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RE[5]: Don't feel sad
by Soulbender on Thu 12th Apr 2012 06:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Don't feel sad"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I guess you could say he was a business innovator in selling home computers.

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RE[5]: Don't feel sad
by kovacm on Thu 12th Apr 2012 09:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Don't feel sad"
kovacm Member since:
2010-12-16

call him as you like but he was major person that made personal computer revolution possible and widespread ;)

and innovator was Jack's chef engineer Shiraz Shivji. He, with 5 other engineers, design ST in 6 months: ST had 10% faster CPU, 30% bigger resolution, DMA 10Mbit/s port, 4 x more memory and cost 2.5 LESS than original Mac which was designed for 3-4 years... at the end, ST could run Mac software, just faster and in bigger resolution ;)

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