The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore tells the story of Commodore through first-hand accounts by the actual Commodore engineers and managers who made the company. From their entry into computers in 1976 until their demise in 1994, the Commodore years were always exciting. Commodore had astounding success with their computers, including the PET, the VIC-20, the Commodore 64 and the incredible Amiga computers. Commodore was one of the only companies with the ability to make their own silicon, and you could see the results in their computers. They had more creativity, more color, and more character than either Apple or IBM could deliver. It also resulted in cheaper computers. The Commodore 64 cut a path of destruction through the competition, knocking Sinclair, Tandy, Texas Instruments, and Atari out of the computer business and badly hurting Apple. Although other companies received more press, Commodore sold more computers.
As minhas primeiras recordações do inicio da globalização são de 1988, altura em que as BBS - Bulletin Board System - eram o ponto de encontro e sua qualidade ditava as viagens sucessivas a vários pontos do mundo. Utilizando então os modems de alta velocidade de 2400bps, 1 Megabyte de informação estava a uma distância de "apenas" hora e meia de download. O Commodore Amiga foi o companheiro de todas essas viagens. Através de uma tecnologia invulgar para a época - que talvez tenha aparecido cedo demais - a Commodore ajudou a formar toda uma geração que modela, influencia e caracteriza a Internet dos nossos dias.