This was how the Amiga, the legendary Commodore computer, was about to end up in the hands of Atari, its main competitor.

His was microelectronics. Jay Miner, the true protagonist of this article, landed in the ranks of Atari at the end of the 70s, just at the time when the company that Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded in ’72 started to go really well. Miner had a degree in Electrical Engineering from Berkeley nearly two decades earlier, but his first steps as an integrated circuit designer were in the medical industry.

Once in Atari, Miner did not take long to emerge. Bushnell had a keen eye and assigned him to the work team that was fine-tuning the hardware for his new video game console, the 2600, and Miner responded. In a relatively short time, he was able to transform the tangle of cables and printed circuit boards that were responsible for generating the graphics and sending the signal to the television into a single integrated circuit called TIA (Television Interface Adapter). Atari 2600 was a resounding success, but Jay Miner’s story had only just begun.

Read more

12 games you should definitely try

Launched in the fall of 2019, Apple Arcade, Apple’s on-demand and subscription games service, has bet on games that are often new and have very different styles. A catalog now dense with around a hundred titles. You don’t know where …

Read more

Google Sheets gets promotions PC Press

Spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel i Google Sheets they can be a powerful tool if you know how to work in these environments. Google has decided to add two new features in their tool Google Sheets, which we believe …

Read more