Today we lost another pioneer in the computing world, Jack Tramiel 1928 – 2012
He wasn’t nearly as well-known as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates but Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore, was just as important. Mr. Tramiel gave his computers exactly what they needed and nothing else. Commodore’s popular C64 was functional, inexpensive, and downright ugly. This is exactly what Tramiel wanted. He wanted products that got the job done with no regard to aesthetics. Tramiel was forced out of Commodore and bought Atari where he produced the Atari ST in direct competition with Commodore, Macintosh, IBM PC platforms of the time. From his humble beginnings making typewriters and LED watches, he made a lasting contribution to the world of personal computers. He is survived by his wife Helen and three sons.
Life Waaaaay before Twitter. Did Archie marry Veronica? What was the outcome of that recent announcement? Confused? Just Gopher it. That's what we used to say before Google became a verb. Archie, Veronica and Gopher were the terms for some of the tools that I used to search the Internet for articles and files. Just around the same time that one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day was released, there was a different kind of Gopher running around. This article is also from 1993 and offers some definitions.