Thursday, April 12, 2012

dos2unix and unix2dos

Yet another "feature" from the developers of ubuntu to simplify life when using Windows editor and building under a virtual machine under VMWARE "dos2unix" and "unix2dos" are missing in version 10.04 (Lucid). It is also crucial to have UNIX or WIN format match when running Winmerge to diff two versions of the same file.

First of all, install dos2unix package:

sudo aptitude install tofrodos

Then if you want "dos2unix" type "fromdos" and if you want "unix2dos", type "todos". If you have a habit of typing in the old commands, its best to create links.

Go to /usr/bin:

username@linuxbox:/usr/bin# sudo ln -s fromdos dos2unix
username@linuxbox:/usr/bin# sudo ln -s todos unix2dos

Monday, April 09, 2012

Computer Legend and Gaming Pioneer Jack Tramiel Dies at Age 83

Computer Legend and Gaming Pioneer Jack Tramiel Dies at Age 83

Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and crucial figure in the early history of personal computing, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, his family confirms. He was 83 years old.

Tramiel was born in Poland to a Jewish family in 1928. During World War II, he and his family were sent to Auschwitz, after which he and his father were sent to a labor camp called Ahlem, near Hannover. Tramiel was rescued in April 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1947.

In America, Tramiel started a typewriter repair business. Staying in the forefront of technology, his typewriters morphed into calculators, and later computers. In 1982, Commodore International launched the Commodore 64, which went on to the best-selling personal computer of all time. In 1984, after being forced to leave the company he founded, Jack bought the crumbling Atari Inc.’s Consumer Division and formed Atari Corporation.

“Jack Tramiel was an immense influence in the consumer electronics and computing industries. A name once uttered in the same vein as Steve Jobs is today, his journey from concentration camp survivor to captain of industry is the stuff of legends,” says Martin Goldberg, a writer working on a book about the Atari brand and the early days of video games and computing with Atari Museum founder Curt Vendel.

“His legacy are the generations upon generations of computer scientists, engineers, and gamers who had their first exposure to high technology because of his affordable computers – ‘for the masses and not the classes.’”

Tramiel is survived by his wife Helen, their three sons, Gary, Sam and Leonard, and their extended families.