MacGyver of the Day: Electronics Hacker Jeri Ellsworth
Feb 26, 2010, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Torrone)
"Hi Lifehackers! MAKE is best known for sharing all the goodness
of making things for yourself, learning new skills and many times,
voiding warranties... Marcus Chan of the San Francisco Chronicle
said we're the "The kind of magazine that would impress MacGyver" -
and that's what this week is about. It's a little known fact, but
MAKE even has the creator of MacGyver writing at MAKE: Lee D.
Zlotoff! Lee is a writer/producer/director among whose numerous
credits is creator of MacGyver (you can see his articles here).
Let's dive in and meet today's MacGyver - Jeri!
"Jeri was hacking, modding, and running her own computer store
in the late 1990s—and more.. Quick, to the Wikipedia!
"Jeri Ellsworth is an American entrepreneur and self-taught
computer chip designer. She is best known for, in 2004, creating a
Commodore 64 emulator within a joystick, called Commodore 30-in-1
Direct to TV. The "computer in a joystick" could run 30 video games
from the early 1980s, and was very popular during the 2004
Christmas season, at peak selling over 70,000 units in a single day
via the QVC shopping channel. She is a pinball machine aficionado
and owns over 60 full-sized pinball arcade games."
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