Tuesday, April 10, 2012

R.I.P. Jack Tramiel, founder of Comodore.

A legend has left us today at age of 83. Jack Tramiel, a founder of Commodore died. Besides being the founder of the company, participated in the development of computers that were the market leaders for years, pushing on the industry with simpler and cheaper computers glimpsing the possibility of placing a computer in every home.

     "We do computers for the masses, not for the classes."

The programmer was born in Poland in 1928 and lived there until his youth, during World War II was taken to a ghetto and then to Auschwiz concentration camp where he stayed until his liberation in 1945 through the end of the war. In 1947 he emigrated to America where he joined his army, eventually went to work with typewriters in North America and Europe.

Commodore Business Machines was founded in Canada, a company that led to the decade of 80, which sold typewriters, calculators and home computers then. In the following years of his career he was in charge of Atari.

The highlight of his career is undoubtedly the launch of the Commodore 64, a computer that has left a big mark in our youth. It was one of the first computers designed to reach everyone. Successor to the VIC-20 this 8-bit computer was released in 1982 and shortly before the end of the decade was the undisputed leader in the market it created. In the applications that came on tape or diskette was a large catalog of games, graphics applications or tools. had lots of peripherals such as joysticks, modems, mice, etc..

Also acquired the consumer division staff Atari, Atari 2600, Atari Lynx and the latest in the famous video game company, a pioneer in using CD, the familiar Jaguar.

Tramiel knew how to develop a computer that could be adapted to different needs and was able to monitor its development with an aggressive trade policy that managed to push his vision of the role that computers would have on the lives of people

Jack Tramiel will always have a prominent place in the history of computing.


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