News.com is running an article on the 25th Anniversary party The Computer History Museum threw last night for the Commodore 64. Jack Tramiel, Commodore’s Founder, made a rare public appearance!
“”The only difference was the price,” Tramiel said. “Because it seems that in this country, if you sell something cheaper, it couldn’t be as good. If it’s more expensive, and it’s the same product, that must be a better product. That didn’t stop me. I still wanted to sell it for a low price. If a person pays three times as much for a computer, he has to be proud of it, because he paid for it.”
As I mentioned on my blog previously the Commodore Vic 20 and then 64 is where it all began for me. I can still remember opening the manual and entering the first commands in BASIC. Memories filled with hours spent writing my own programs or connecting to the BBS’s that were out there (at 300 baud modem lightning speeds!).
For any of those out there from the Commodore generation I’d recommend reading On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore .
It is filled with behind the scenes insight into the creation of the Vic 20, the 64, the 128 and the Amiga. With stories told by the employees who lived it, it held my interest the entire book. The business lessons learned still apply today and it may even give you some flashbacks to your old computing days like it did for me. Enjoy!