On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

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Filled with first-hand accounts of ambition, greed, and inspired engineering, this history of the personal computer revolution takes readers inside the cutthroat world of Commodore. Before Apple, IBM, or Dell, Commodore was the first computer maker to market its machines to the public, selling an estimated 22 million Commodore 64s. These halcyon days were tumultuous, however, owing to the expectations and unsparing tactics of founder Jack Tramiel. Engineers and managers with the company between 1976 and 1994 ...

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Overview

Filled with first-hand accounts of ambition, greed, and inspired engineering, this history of the personal computer revolution takes readers inside the cutthroat world of Commodore. Before Apple, IBM, or Dell, Commodore was the first computer maker to market its machines to the public, selling an estimated 22 million Commodore 64s. These halcyon days were tumultuous, however, owing to the expectations and unsparing tactics of founder Jack Tramiel. Engineers and managers with the company between 1976 and 1994 share their experiences of the groundbreaking moments, soaring business highs, and stunning employee turnover that came along with being on top of the PC world in the early days.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780973864908
  • Publisher: Variant Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.37 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

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    My first stand-alone computer (as a teen) was a Commodore 64, so I've always had an interest in all things Commodore. I got this book thinking it would offer an inside peek at the once-grand company that made my machine. It did so and more. What I didn't expect were the business 'lessons' hidden within its pages. As a software engineer and business owner, I read between the lines and soaked up another example of how important it is for a technical business to balance everything within its walls. Money, politics, personalities, engineering, market acceptance, and competition are just some of the attributes that must be kept in check to keep a growing company from imploding. The story told here was not just the month-to-month operations of Commodore, but also how it got to be great (bigger than all others, including Apple, combined!)...followed by its demise due to bad decisions, ignorance, and some of the attributes I listed above. It is a lengthy read (600 pp.), but I'd recommend it whether you've always wondered why your C64 floppy drive was so slow, or you work in a technical business and ponder its operations. The interviews and personal histories of the employees were great too. After you've read what they've achieved and under what circumstances, it makes you want to seek these people out and pat them on the back saying 'Well Done!' This includes the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    A must read for every C= fan!

    This book is a great insight into the inner workings of Commodore, and how the perpetual failures of management and marketing ultimately led to the demise of this fantastic company. The engineers were the best in the business, creating absolutely outstanding devices, especially in the limits that were imposed on them. I really enjoyed all the personal details in this book, from several people that worked at Commodore. What a time it must have been. Being an owner of lots of Commodore computers, I felt like I had a lot of ties to the company after reading this. There were things I've known and noticed about the various computers that all started to make sense after reading this book. It's like I could really relate to their hard work and their frustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Giving credit to the people who deserve it.

    This book is a real must read. It¿s been thoroughly researched and well-written. Once I started reading it I couldn¿t put it down anymore. Finally someone is giving credit to the people who deserve it. Commodore were the true pioneers of the computer industry! Forget about other so-called pioneers trying to take credit for something they didn¿t do. As a former Amiga 500 owner this is pure nostalgia. It¿s great to learn the story behind historical machines like the Commodore 64 and the Amiga series. There¿s no reason not to buy this book. Get a copy now, travel back into history and discover the real story. Let¿s never forget that one day there was a company called Commodore¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    fascinating, intense, time warp into the dawn of the computer age

    I read a lot, and this is one of the most fun reads I have _ever_ had. Fascinating story, told with immediacy and humor, reflecting obvious deep research efforts and rapport with the actual participants. I am sure this book will remain one of my all time favorites. A big 'well done!' to the Author!

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