Tagged: atari 2600

AOL 0

May 24, 1985: Quantum Computer Services (AOL) Founded

1985– Quantum Computer Services was founded. Technically, it was a reorganization of Control Video Corporation, a company that started in 1983. The company was selling online service “Gameline” to Atari 2600 users. You would pay $49.95 for the modem and also a one-time $15 setup fee. With the reorganization, Jim Kimsey became Chief Executive Officer and Marc Seriff took the CTO role. Ninety employees quit, ten remained. The company changed to sell Quantum Link for Commodore 64 and 128 consoles. Eventually, they would get into AppleLink and PC Link. Quantum Computer Services eventually (October 1989) changed their name to America Online (AOL). Jim Kimsey left...

Play
Atari 2600 keyboard 0

February 9, 1977: Atari – My First Computer Keyboard

1977 – The “My First Computer” was an add-on to the Atari 2600. This device would turn the game console into a full computer. For $90 you could get 8K of RAM (expandable to 32K), 16K ROM and 8K BASIC. The My First Computer was to tap into the Video Console System (VCS) in which over 10 million have been sold. The keyboard would attach to the top of the console – using the cartridge slot. The rubber chicklet keypad would allow you to type using the QWERTY style. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 9 Craig Neidorf (Knight Lightning)...

Play
0

October 1, 1979: Ex-Atari Employees Started Activision

1979– Activision was founded by four ex-Atari, Inc. game designers: David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead. They teamed up with Jim Levy to produce game cartridges for the Atari 2600 game system.  This, in fact, was the first company that developed game cartridges only. The company started with an investment of $700,000. It’s also a DITH history point – October 1, 2011 I took Day in Tech History off of Geekazine and onto its own website. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 1 EPOCOT opens The original Apple Mac is retired Microsoft Search Perks...

Play
Collabra Software Inc 0

February 9, 1993: Collabra Software is Incorporated

1993 – Collabra Software Inc was Incorporated by Eric Hahn. Collabra was short for “Collabrative” and developed and marketed computing applications that allowed for information sharing. Collabra Share was their flagship software which created group conferencing to email. The company coined the term “groupware”. The company was acquired by Netscape on November 9, 1995 which Collabra Server was ultimately used in Netscape Navigator browser. Hahn eventually became CTO of Netscape, but left to co-found Lookout Software, which was acquired by Microsoft. Hahn also had cc:Mail, which was acquired by Lotus 1-2-3. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 9 Craig Neidorf (Knight...

Play
Microsoft Logo 0

May 24, 1993: Windows NT Unveiled, 1985: Quantum Computer Services (AOL) Founded

1993 – Microsoft unveils at COMDEX a new line of Operating System. Dubbed Windows NT (New Technology) this software would be geared toward businesses. With a NT Server and NT Workstation, Windows could deliver a secure environment while also allowing connections using the Windows 3.11 and later Windows 95 Operating systems. NT would become available on July 27, 1993. 1985– Quantum Computer Services was founded. Technically, it was a reorganization of Control Video Corporation, a company that started in 1983. The company was selling online service “Gameline” to Atari 2600 users. You would pay $49.95 for the modem and also a...

Play
Jack Tramiel and Sons

Jack Tramiel and Family – Six Years with Atari

Friend Andy Marken asked to post this great article on Atari with the Tramiels. It was a great insight into Jack Tramiel and family’s life. Of course, if you were a kid growing up in the Atari days (like me), you were always hoping for the new game or program that would keep you fixated on a computer screen for hours. Andy was Atari’s PR those six years. He started in 1986, then was fired and came back for another two. After a second firing, he was then brought back for the final two. His account is much first-hand. So...