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Commodore Founder Jack Tramiel Dies at 83

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April 10, 2012 2:52:11 AM

RIP I will fire up my C64 in tribute.
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April 10, 2012 2:55:25 AM

RIP
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April 10, 2012 3:09:55 AM

What an incredible life. I had no idea...
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April 10, 2012 3:10:01 AM

RIP. i'm just thankful i did a speech on him 2 years ago :) 
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April 10, 2012 3:15:40 AM

RIP, my friend. *Plays J.S. Bach's Invention 13 in tribute*
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April 10, 2012 3:25:09 AM

A legend will be missed.

"Tramiel was originally from Poland, born in 1928 to a Jewish family living in the war-torn turmoil of World War II."

Think you meant World War I.
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April 10, 2012 3:30:56 AM

Let's see if he ends up on any magazine covers. I doubt it.
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April 10, 2012 4:54:30 AM

RIP Jack Tramiel.

Well done article, Tom's. Thank you.

Without Pioneers like Jack Tramiel, this world would be a colder place.

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April 10, 2012 5:00:20 AM

silly bootsA legend will be missed."Tramiel was originally from Poland, born in 1928 to a Jewish family living in the war-torn turmoil of World War II."Think you meant World War I.

1928 was post WWI.
Why not re-read the article and browse Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWI
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWII
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April 10, 2012 8:55:28 AM

utengineerRIP I will fire up my C64 in tribute.


I don't have my C64 anymore. I will fire up my CCS64 emulator instead. :( 
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April 10, 2012 9:52:41 AM

So long Jack, and thanks for building a great little computer.

My Commodore 64C still works, maybe it's time to fire it up again.
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April 10, 2012 10:10:17 AM

I was too poor to own a C64 as a kid and got a Sinclair Spectrum instead.

RIP Jack.

The Commodore name will forever lives in my heart.
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April 10, 2012 10:32:06 AM

Back in '89 we got a PCXT Clone. Afterwards, my dad sold my C64, all my cassettes and discs, and a box that had 2 years worth of Compute! Gazzette.
Sigh...
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April 10, 2012 12:00:23 PM

Only if Commodore and Atari worked together instead of against we'd all be using Motorola CPUs and IBM and Apple wouldn't have much of anything today.
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April 10, 2012 12:17:50 PM

I met him once at a computer show in I think 1985 where a group of us criticized him for purchasing Atari when the Amiga was a much better computer, he tolerated our criticism with good humor and said "time will tell who was right" and as it turned out we were both right.
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April 10, 2012 12:19:08 PM

RIP Mr. Tramiel. C64 was my second computer and I learned machine language programming on it. In fact I wrote a simple assembler program in Basic since I couldn't find one to buy. The C64 was so easy to program. I wouldn't have a clue how to in a modern computer.
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April 10, 2012 12:47:11 PM

pjmelectI met him once at a computer show in I think 1985 where a group of us criticized him for purchasing Atari when the Amiga was a much better computer, he tolerated our criticism with good humor and said "time will tell who was right" and as it turned out we were both right.


I met him a long time ago as well. Nice guy. I was really bummed that they bought the Amiga and brought it into Commodore though. Commodore had a lot of good points, but marketing wasn't one of them. I doubt they could sell free beer at a Superbowl.
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April 10, 2012 1:00:17 PM

coreym72Only if Commodore and Atari worked together instead of against we'd all be using Motorola CPUs and IBM and Apple wouldn't have much of anything today.


know your history,(this was around the time of the original Apple Inc. before NeXT computer, Pixar, and the mac) Apple was competing with the Commodore PET. while the insides of the Commodore PET IMO seemed to be more Business oriented... The Apple II computer was alot better at game playing... it was color... My brother still has that Commodore PET 4016 in Storage lol. and an apple II clone.

my guess is if the video game crash of 83 had not happened Apple would've made a better gaming computer(to complete with the Commodore 64) maybe even a console and we would have better gaming machines 25 years earlier. IMAO.
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April 10, 2012 1:11:34 PM

I just went SYS 64738 after reading this....
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April 10, 2012 1:29:40 PM

THis thing about Auschwitz, never knowing for sure, If it helps anyone, with the Mengele thing, here is something that has taken me five weeks research a decade ago to start off, and a decade of thought since leading to this, http://web.mac.com/beachhutman
I honestly hope it answers a few questions about what was going on then, and since. And the lesson it teaches me, with a aged personal history, is a life is important. Some are tall poppies, but we need to stand together and support our pasts, our presents and our futures whatever life throws at us.
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April 10, 2012 1:49:01 PM

Another true visionary gone. We are losing them quickly now it seems.
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April 10, 2012 1:50:03 PM

otacon72NEW10 CM = 020 ?"RIP Jack Tramiel"30 CM = CM + 140 IF CM < 64 then 2050 ENDRUN

Now that brings back many memories. Thank you.
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April 10, 2012 1:56:49 PM

RIP Jack.

I first cut mu teeth on a Vic 20, then moved to a C64, then the 128 version, then Amiga.

It was the 6502 processor, htne the 6510 with relocatable memory, and the SID chip was a blast too.

My 1541 disk drive with fan mounted on back, LOAD "*",8,1

Sprites, splitting the raster with interrupts, Compute, Gazette, then Run.

Those were the days.
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April 10, 2012 1:59:00 PM

redeyemy guess is if the video game crash of 83 had not happened Apple would've made a better gaming computer(to complete with the Commodore 64) maybe even a console and we would have better gaming machines 25 years earlier. IMAO.

But you did get a better gaming machines that started with the Atari 520ST and Amiga 1000, and these two were also the first to launch OSs with color. And if memory serves me right the Amiga 1000 was the first computer able to output a 12bit image. So they were fantastic at that time to play games. The sound of these were also ahead of it's time.
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April 10, 2012 4:16:10 PM

LordConradIn 1928 WWII hadn't started yet, people were still living in the aftermath of WWI.

No, He was born in 1928. The life he lived after that is refering to WWII. He didn't age backwards in time to live during WWI.
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April 10, 2012 4:41:31 PM

I still have my C64, the 1541 died with it's boots on, so I got a 128 and it's 1571 too. Still working.

NEVER SET THEM ON FIRE. BUT FIRE'EM UP!

I was just waiting to finish the living room to plug them on the DTS 6-stereo and the LCD.

No wonder those times were magic.
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April 10, 2012 5:44:33 PM

PEEK and POKE FTW
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April 10, 2012 5:55:48 PM

man...loved my C64.

I had cases of disks with games; waiting hours for "disector" to copy them.

I remember Mail Order Monsters taking a VERY long time to load (over half an hour)...great day when I got my mom to buy me the "Fast Load" cartridge :) 
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April 10, 2012 7:24:09 PM

RIP, father of the "Jackintosh" Atari ST. "Power without the price." Built-in MIDI. The rivalry between the 520ST and Commodore Amiga kept me obsessed back in the day, but I wish the Jack/Commodore/Miner drama would have played out differently...united in taking on Apple's Mac and MS's originally lousy Windows 1.0.
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April 11, 2012 12:01:44 AM

redeyeknow your history,(this was around the time of the original Apple Inc. before NeXT computer, Pixar, and the mac) Apple was competing with the Commodore PET. while the insides of the Commodore PET IMO seemed to be more Business oriented... The Apple II computer was alot better at game playing... it was color... My brother still has that Commodore PET 4016 in Storage lol. and an apple II clone.my guess is if the video game crash of 83 had not happened Apple would've made a better gaming computer(to complete with the Commodore 64) maybe even a console and we would have better gaming machines 25 years earlier. IMAO.

I think your history isn't too hot either....APPLE did have a console...it was called the PIPPIN. Made by Bandai i believe, but bombed miserablly. Not sure if it was available in the states or not. Apple probably don't want anyone to remember it anyway.
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April 11, 2012 2:04:06 AM

tomaz99man...loved my C64.I had cases of disks with games; waiting hours for "disector" to copy them. I remember Mail Order Monsters taking a VERY long time to load (over half an hour)...great day when I got my mom to buy me the "Fast Load" cartridge


I on the other hand had a cassette version of Raid Over Moscow. Raid Over Moscow had some kind of built in cassette fast load mechanism that made it very VERY sensitive to tape head misalignment.
I had a small screwdriver that I used to make fine adjustments to the tape head whenever Raid Over Moscow failed to load.
I had to endure one more year of begging until my dad finally got me a disc drive. Unfortunately , the drive was a C64 compatible Enhancer 2000. It was faster than the 1541, but it failed to run a lot of copy protected games like Impossible Mission 2 and Karateka.
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April 13, 2012 4:12:10 PM

redeye
[...] The Apple II computer was alot better at game playing... it was color...


No, no, no ... it couldn't because it sucked. High price, mediocre design - do some research and you'll find how Apple struggled to even sell it. This is nowhere near a good gaming computer was back then (as VIC-20 or later C-64). Mind that Apple was selling II for 11 years because of catastrophic failure which was Apple III so it overlaps well with VIC-20 and C64 ...

PS. This is the time when Apple started lying to people - they claimed Apple II is best selling computer while PET machines were selling way better - worldwide.
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May 14, 2012 4:35:34 PM

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