On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

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Variant Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 561 pages
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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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Review: On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

Rob King's review below does a good job outlining the issues in the writing. I thought I was really a poor reader for a while, thinking "Wait, who is this guy now? Did I miss his intro?" but I quickly ... Read full review

Review: On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

User Review  - Marko - Goodreads

A brilliant book that pretty much makes other books about Commodore redundant. This book is so comprehensive that it's hard to think of what might be missing. This is a book about a very peculiar ... Read full review

Contents

MOS Technology 1974 to 1976
1
The Acquisition 1975 to 1976
26
The PET1976 to 1977
37
Copyright

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Brian Bagnall is the author of Core Lego Mindstorms Programming and Maximum Lego NXT. He is a Sun-certified Java programmer who has worked for IBM and AT&T, and a frequent contributor to Old-Computers.com, an online museum dedicated to preserving computer history. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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