Commodore's Jack Tramiel Passes Away

A sad note for the day; over the weekend, Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International passed away at the age of 83. While the Commodore name hasn't meant much more than a marketing gimmick for some years now, it's hard to overstate the impact that Commodore machines — and especially the Commodore 64 — had on early home computing, especially given that the IBM compatible machines of the same era cost a whole lot more than Commodore's humble beige box. Tramiel's history is a fascinating one; from Auschwitz survivor to typewriter salesman to Commodore founder, and then, when he was ousted from Commodore in 1984, over to Atari for a spell. [Forbes] Image: Monday As Usual

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