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Alan Sugar


Alan Michael Sugar, Baron Sugar (born 24 March 1947) is a British business magnate, media personality, author, politician, and political adviser.
In 1968, he started what would later become his largest business venture, consumer electronics company Amstrad.

Sugar founded Amstrad (Alan Michael Sugar Trading) in 1968. The company began as a general importer/exporter and wholesaler, but soon specialised in consumer electronics. By 1970, the first manufacturing venture was underway. He achieved lower production prices by using injection moulding plastics for hi-fi turntable covers, severely undercutting competitors who used vacuum-forming processes. Manufacturing capacity was soon expanded to include the production of audio amplifiers and tuners.


In 1980, Amstrad was listed on the London Stock Exchange and during the 1980s Amstrad doubled its profit and market value every year.[38] By 1984, recognising the opportunity of the home computer era, Amstrad launched an 8-bit machine, the Amstrad CPC 464. Although the CPC range were attractive machines, with CP/M-capability and a good BASIC interpreter, it had to compete with its arch-rivals, the more graphically complex Commodore 64 and the popular Sinclair ZX Spectrum, not to mention the highly sophisticated BBC Micro. Despite this, three million units were sold worldwide with a long production life of eight years.[39] It inspired an East German version with Z80 clone processors.[40] In 1985, Sugar had another major breakthrough with the launch of the Amstrad PCW 8256 word processor which retailed at over £300, but was still considerably cheaper than rival machines (such as the Apple Macintosh Plus, which retailed at $2599). In 1986 Amstrad bought the rights to the Sinclair computer product line and produced two more ZX Spectrum models in a similar style to their CPC machines. It also developed the PC1512, a PC compatible computer, which became quite popular in Europe[41] and was the first in a line of Amstrad PCs.

In 1988, Stewart Alsop II called Sugar and Jack Tramiel the worlds two leading business-as-war entrepreneurs.

The 1990s proved a difficult time for the company. The launch of a range of business PCs was marred by unreliable hard disks (supplied by Seagate), causing high levels of customer dissatisfaction and damaging Amstrads reputation in the personal computer market, from which it never recovered.[16] Subsequently, Seagate was ordered to pay Amstrad $153 million in damages for lost revenue. This was later reduced by $22 million in an out of court settlement.[43] In the early 1990s, Amstrad began to focus on portable computers rather than desktop computers. Also, in 1990, Amstrad entered the gaming market with the Amstrad GX4000, but it was a commercial failure, largely because there was only a poor selection of games available.[44] Additionally, it was immediately superseded by the Japanese consoles: Mega Drive and Super NES, which both had a much more comprehensive selection of games. In 1993, Amstrad released the PenPad, a PDA, and bought into Betacom and Viglen in order to focus more on telecommunications rather than computers. Amstrad released the first of its combined telephony and e-mail devices, called the e-m@iler, followed by the e-m@ilerplus in 2002, neither of which sold in great volume.

In 2007, he sold his remaining interest in the company in a deal to BSkyB for £125m.

Alan Turing


Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist.
Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general-purpose computer.
Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

Alfonso Azpiri


Comic illustrator and cartoonist known especially for Lorna, a comic for adults, and Mot, more aimed at a young audience.

Azpiri is also part of the golden age of Spanish software. In the 1980s, he worked on 200 covers for video games and computer programs for Dinamic Software, Topo Soft and Opera Soft, among other developers.

Alvaro Mateos Herrera


Games:
Rocky 1985
West Bank 1985
Capitan Sevilla 1988

Arnie Katz


Electronic Games magazine

Bill Gates


William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist.
He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Gates co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico; it went on to become the worlds largest personal computer software company.

Gates led the company as chairman and CEO until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, but he remained chairman and became chief software architect.
During the late 1990s, he had been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive. This opinion has been upheld by numerous court rulings.
In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning to a part-time role at Microsoft and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the private charitable foundation that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, established in 2000.

He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie.
He stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in February 2014 and assumed a new post as technology adviser to support the newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.
In March 2020, Gates left his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on his philanthropic endeavors including climate change, global health and development, and education.

Since 1987, he has been included in the Forbes list of the worlds wealthiest people.

Bob Wakelin


Bob Wakelin was an artist from Liverpool, England who designed many game covers for Ocean Software and their sister label Imagine Software in the 1980s and 1990s. He also designed Oceans logo. Bob has said that the cover for Operation Wolf is one of his favourites from the era. There are a few covers he did which he said that he really hates, including Parasol Stars and Gift From The Gods.

His last artwork for Ocean was the 1994 game Central Intelligence. He then went into creating art for childrens books before having to retire due to ill health.

Chuck Norris


- Chuck Norris no pelea en Tekken, tan solo observa, y cuando quiere ganar, frunce el ceño. Todos mueren por Perfect.
- El God Mode en los videojuegos es en verdad Chuck Mode, pero no se le llama así por derechos de copyright de Chuck.
- Chuck Norris juega online con la NDS sin wi-fi.
- Chuck Norris podia ejecutar el Doom 3 en su spectrum 128 kbs. A máxima resolución y con filtros.
- Los cartuchos de ET fueron enterrados en el desierto, porque la otra opción era enterrar el videojuego oficial de Chuck Norris.
- Cuando Chuck Norris juega a Metal Gear Solid, los soldados tienen camuflaje: no quieren que Chuck Norris los vea.
- Las vidas infinitas se pusieron en los juegos para que la gente corriente pudiera sentirse como Chuck Norris por un momento.
- A Chuck Norris SÍ le gustó la peli de FFVII:AC.
- Chuck norris se ha pasado el NFS Underground con el peugeot 206 sin modificar.
- Chuck norris sabe como pulsar el rombo en el mando de PlayStation.
- Chuck norris tiene el Super Mario 32 para Sega Saturn.
- Chuck Norris no necesita arenas del tiempo para retroceder y corregir sus errores. Él nunca se equivoca !
- El mando de la PS3 no se cambia porque Chuck Norris no quiere.
- Chuck Norris tiene los 386 Pokémon.
- La PSP de Chuck Norris toma fotografías.
- Chuck Norris se ha pasado el Nintendogs.
- Chuck Norris ha jugado a Duke Nukem Forever.
- Una vez una empresa sacó una consola sin el consentimiento de Chuck Norris, se llamaba Sega.
- Las portátiles de Chuck Norris NUNCA tienen píxeles muertos, si los tiene es porque Chuck Norris los ha matado de una patada giratoria.
- Chuck Norris usa la segunda equipación del barça en el Splinter Cell.
- La Xbox 360 se llama así porque a Chuck Norris no le gustaron los 359 modelos anteriores.
- Chuck norris ya tiene la ps3.
- Chuck norris fue capaz de pasarse el GTA san andreas sin trucos, ni armas, y solo con la bici.

Dennis Ritchie


Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie was an American computer scientist.
He created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix operating system and B programming language.
Ritchie and Thompson were awarded the Turing Award from the ACM in 1983, the Hamming Medal from the IEEE in 1990 and the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1999. Ritchie was the head of Lucent Technologies System Software Research Department when he retired in 2007.
He was the R in K&R C, and commonly known by his username dmr.

Gonzo Suarez


Gonzalo Gonzo Suárez Girard es director de juegos y en su currículo consta haber dirigido y diseñado la exitosa serie de juegos Commandos, llevada a cabo por la desarrolladora de juegos española Pyro Studios

Games:
Goody 1988
Sol Negro 1988
Mot 1989

Greg Fischbach


In 1987, Greg Fischbach co-founded Acclaim Entertainment Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company engaged in the video game business between 1987 and 2004.
He was its Co-Chairman and CEO. Fischbach was the CEO of Acclaim Entertainment until 2003. After Fischbachs resignation Rod Cousens became his successor and steered to 2004.

For 10 years of Acclaims work (1990-2000), the video game company released variety of well-known titles such as the Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam series, before Acclaim folded in 2004.

Hideo Kojima


Hideo Kojima (小島 秀夫, Kojima Hideo, born August 24, 1963) is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer and writer.

Regarded as an auteur of video games,[2] he developed a strong passion for action/adventure cinema and literature during his childhood and adolescence. In 1986, he was hired by Konami, for which he designed and wrote Metal Gear (1987) for the MSX2, a game that laid the foundations for stealth games and the Metal Gear series, his best known and most appreciated works. The title that consecrated him as one of the most acclaimed video game designers is Metal Gear Solid (1998) for PlayStation. He is also known for producing the Zone of the Enders series, as well as writing and designing Snatcher (1988) and Policenauts (1994), graphic adventure games regarded for their cinematic presentation.

In 2005, Kojima founded Kojima Productions, a software house controlled by Konami, and by 2011, he was appointed vice president of Konami Digital Entertainment.
In 2015, Kojima Productions split from Konami, becoming an independent studio. Their first game was Death Stranding, which released in 2019.
Kojima has also contributed to Rolling Stone, writing columns about the similarities and differences between films and video games.
On November 10, 2019, Kojima was awarded two Guinness World Records for most followed video game director on Twitter and Instagram.

Jack Tramiel


Jack Tramiel (/trəˈmɛl/ trə-MEL; born Idek Trzmiel; December 13, 1928 – April 8, 2012) was a Polish American businessman and Holocaust survivor, best known for founding Commodore International.
The Commodore PET, Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore 64 are some home computers produced while he was running the company.
Tramiel later formed Atari Corporation after he purchased the remnants of the original Atari, Inc. from its parent company.

John McAfee


El problema de los virus es pasajero y durará un par de años

John Romero


Alfonso John Romero (born October 28, 1967)[1] is an American director, designer, programmer, and developer in the video game industry.
He is best known as a co-founder of id Software and designer for many of their games, including Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, Hexen, Doom, Doom II and Quake.
His game designs and development tools, along with new programming techniques created and implemented by id Softwares lead programmer John D. Carmack, led to a mass popularization of the first-person shooter, or FPS, in the 1990s.
He is credited with coining the FPS multiplayer term deathmatch.

Linus Torvalds


Realmente, no estoy tratando de destruir a Microsoft. Ese será tan solo un efecto colateral no intencionado
El software es como el sexo, mejor si es gratis.

Lou Ottens


In the 1960s, Lou Ottens, then head of product development at the Belgian Hasselt branch of the Eindhoven company Philips, developed the cassette tape.
In previous years, Ottens was annoyed with green and yellow tape recorders with the large reels and felt that something more user-friendly and especially something smaller should be replaced.

Paco Menendez

Paco Suarez


Paco Suárez comenzó programando para el Sinclair ZX81 trabajando para la casa Indescomp.
En 1983, Suárez presenta a dicho Indescomp dos programas, siendo uno de ellos La Pulga, desarrollado para ese modelo y que sería finalmente comercializado.

Ya como trabajador de Indescomp, recibe el encargo de trabajar en la versión para ZX Spectrum​ junto a otro programador, Paco Portalo.

Publicado inicialmente en Reino Unido como Bugaboo (The flea), llegó a ser n.º 1 para la prensa especializada

Ponce


José María Ponce Saiz (Madrid, 1950 - Madrid, 23 de abril de 2015) fue un ilustrador español conocido por su trabajo en el Diario El País, Cambio 16, MicroHobby, Santillana y Anaya.

Uno de sus principales señas de identidad es su firma Ponce que esconde en ricones peculiares recurriendo en ocasiones a jeroglíficos y acertijos.

Richard Stallman


Richard Matthew Stallman , also known by his initials, rms,is an American free software movement activist and programmer.
He campaigns for software to be distributed in such a manner, so that its users receive the freedoms to use, study, distribute, and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software.
Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License.

Roberta Williams


Roberta Williams (born February 16, 1953) is an American video game designer, writer, and a co-founder of Sierra On-Line (later known as Sierra Entertainment), who developed her first game while living in Simi Valley, California.
She is most famous for her work in the field of graphic adventure games with titles such as Mystery House, the Kings Quest series, and Phantasmagoria.
She is married to Ken Williams and retired in 1999.
Roberta Williams is one of the most influential PC game designers of the 1980s and 1990s, and has been credited with creating the graphic adventure genre.

Sir Clive Sinclair

Steve Rusell


Space War

Tim And Chris Stamper


Brothers Tim and Chris Stamper are British entrepreneurs who founded the video game companies Ultimate Play the Game and Rare. They first worked together on arcade conversion kits, which were licensed to companies, but later became developers for the ZX Spectrum home computer in the early 1980s. Chris programmed the games, while Tim designed the graphics. They found success as Ultimate with games including Jetpac and Knight Lore. After reverse engineering the Nintendo Entertainment System and deciding to shift their focus to console development, the brothers founded Rare in the mid-1980s. They became Nintendos first major Western developer, for whom they developed licensed games and ports. Over the next two decades, Rare enjoyed a close relationship with Nintendo and developed multiple major titles for the company, including Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye 007. Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002, and the brothers left the company in 2007. After spending several years out of the public eye, the brothers are currently planning new ventures.

The Stampers are taciturn toward the press and known for their work ethic and promotion of inter-team competition at Rare. They enjoyed a fervent fandom in the 1980s, were among the most influential developers of the 1990s, and were named Development Legends at the video game industry trade magazine Develops 2015 awards.

William Higginbotham


William Alfred Higinbotham (October 22, 1910 – November 10, 1994) was an American physicist.
A member of the team that developed the first nuclear bomb, he later became a leader in the nonproliferation movement.
He also has a place in the history of video games for his 1958 creation of Tennis for Two, the first interactive analog computer games and one of the first electronic games to use a graphical display.