Jack Tramiel, the man who created my first computer, the Commodore 64 -- probably the best-selling machine of all time -- and then later forming the Atari Corporation, passed away surrounded by his family last weekend.
The piece on Forbes magazine about him has this great part:
"Jack Tramiel was an immense influence in the consumer electronics and computing industries. A name once uttered in the same vein as Steve Jobs is today, his journey from concentration camp survivor to captain of industry is the stuff of legends," says Martin Goldberg, a writer working on a book about the Atari brand and the early days of video games and computing with Atari Museum founder Curt Vendel.
"His legacy are the generations upon generations of computer scientists, engineers, and gamers who had their first exposure to high technology because of his affordable computers -- 'for the masses and not the classes.'"
|View of Tahrir Square From Space (via @LaughingSquid)|
|1998 Public Service Announcement on the Dangers of the Internet|
|Modern Prehistoric Flint Tools|
|A Brief History of the Entire World, I Think|
|Colour Photographs from 1911|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“When Life Gives You Lemons.”|
|Flying into Pape station. #ttc|
|The Pirate Supply Store|
|Fall is Coming|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|Bird Shit Advertising|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|Pat the Zombie: A Cruel Adult Spoof of 'Pat the Bunny'|
|Darth Vader Surfing|
|“The first-ever driverless mass transit test program.”|