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walkingolof · 2015-07-23 · Original thread
If you want an excellent book about Commodore:

bane · 2015-07-07 · Original thread
I've been really interested in early-80s to present PC history recently. There's actually a fair amount archived on it, but you'll sometimes have to approach things from the point of view of a historian rather than just a reader of history. My recent bent has been studying Atari, but there's lots of other resources available if you look. For whatever reason, videogames seem to have the lions share of work being done right now. I'd say that the archival and research phase is currently happening right now, with histories finally starting to be really written.

For anybody interested in business (like the HN readership) I really recommend studying not only about the history of Apple, but the history of its early competitor Atari. Equally as interesting and represents a kind of alternate universe where the Google of its time failed spectacularly. The reasons why are complex and very informative, especially the Tramiel years.

Some samples:

There's not many books looking back, but there are a few and they're quite good:

Classic magazines:

There's also plenty of old shows both archived, and made more recently, some with a stunning number of important interviews

And there's a vast retrogaming/retrocomputing podcasting phenomenon going on right now, often with even more amazing interviews

and a larger list

What's nice is that this all happened recently enough that you can actually go to the primary sources and read/listen/talk with these events as they happened, but can now look back informed by decades of the aftereffects.

leoc · 2015-01-18 · Original thread
If you want Commodore, there's On the Edge by Brian Bagnall and its half-a-second-edition Commodore: A Company on the Edge .
mrbill · 2013-12-12 · Original thread
"On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore" by Brian Bagnall covers quite a bit of the Amiga development.

However, the rewritten / "second edition", "Commodore: A Company on the Edge" stops with the 8-bit machines, as there were plans to have two volumes - one for the 8-bit systems, and one for the Amiga days:

The second edition, "Commodore: The Amiga Years" has been unfortunately cancelled, but is still listed on Amazon:

How does Maher's book on the Amiga compare to Bagnall's first edition?

nkassis · 2012-04-01 · Original thread
For those interested, On The Edge by Brian Bagnall ( does a good job recounting the life and death of Commodore. The management of that company was definitively rocky.
nkassis · 2010-04-07 · Original thread
After reading this book about Commodore:

and a few other good accounts of the period, it really annoys me that Apple get the credit for inventing the personal computer. They were not even the most popular personal computer of the 80s (or 70s). I have a hard time finding anyone who own a Apple II but most of the people I work with were Commodore 64 owners.

domodomo · 2009-07-28 · Original thread
Must recommend this book again...

On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

As I recall the responsibility of getting the 1541 working with the C64 was the responsibility of one of their more crazy, drunken, hard working employees. His name escapes me...Bill....

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