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On the edge : the spectacular rise and fall of Commodore

Author: Brian Bagnall
Publisher: Winnipeg : Variant Press, ©2005.
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This book tells the story of Commodore through first-hand accounts by former Commodore engineers and managers. Reliving the early years of an icon in the personal computer revolution turns out to be a fascinating and improbably hilarious journey. This gripping tale of ambition, greed, and inspired engineering gives readers a front row seat at the dawn of the personal computer. Engineers and managers relate their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bagnall, Brian, 1972-
On the edge.
Winnipeg : Variant Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)761384138
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Bagnall
ISBN: 0973864907 9780973864908
OCLC Number: 61127911
Description: ix, 561 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The rise of Commodore --
MOS technology, 1974 to 1976 --
The acquisition, 1975 to 1976 --
The PET, 1976 to 1977 --
Releasing the PET, 1977 to 1978 --
The Trinity, 1977 to 1979 --
Business is war, 1979 to 1980 --
The color computers, 1979 to 1980 --
The VIC-20, 1980 --
computers for the masses, 1981 --
The race to a million, 1981 to 1983 --
The secret project, 1981 --
The Commodore 64, 1982 --
Selling the revolution, 1982 --
Commodore mania, 1983 --
TED, 1983 --
Dismissing the founder, 1984 --
The sequel, 1984 --
Brawling for the C128, 1984 to 1985 --
The savior of Commodore, 1982 to 1985 --
The Amiga, 1985 to 1986 --
Dropping the ball, 1985 to 1987 --
The new Amigas, 1986 to 1987 --
A radical new direction, 1988 to 1992 --
The fall of Commodore, 1992 to 1994.
Responsibility: Brian Bagnall.
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This book tells the story of Commodore through first-hand accounts by former Commodore engineers and managers. Reliving the early years of an icon in the personal computer revolution turns out to be a fascinating and improbably hilarious journey. This gripping tale of ambition, greed, and inspired engineering gives readers a front row seat at the dawn of the personal computer. Engineers and managers relate their experiences through personal first-hand accounts, vividly recalling the most important moments of Commodore's entry into computers in 1976 until its demise in 1994. The Commodore years are tumultuous, owing to their volatile founder, Jack Tramiel. He pushes his team to extreme limits, demanding that they almost kill themselves to meet his lofty expectations. Against all odds, his engineers deliver more color, more character, and more value than either Apple or IBM. While other companies receive more press, Commodore sells more computers. They cut a path of destruction through the competition, knocking out Sinclair, Tandy, Texas Instruments, and Atari and almost mortally wounding Apple. Unfortunately, Tramiel's cut throat tactics also prove to be his undoing. He uses up his managers and employees like disposable ink cartridges, producing the highest employee turnover rate in the industry.

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