Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International, passed away this week. His isn't the household name it should be. His influence on legions of coders and gamers deserves more. Indeed, in the mid-1980s, Commodore computers dominated the market in a way that few remember today.
Jack's life story, from Holocaust survivor to personal computer pioneer, is amazing, but I was particularly affected by the news because the first two computers I got my hands on were both Commodores.
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