May 10, 2016
Mike Silva, Syncalc
Mike Silva worked at Synapse, where he wrote the Syncalc spreadsheet application.
In this interview we talk about Ihor Woloseko, whom I previously interviewed.
This interview took place on February 11, 2016.
"If I had put out a game ... it would have sold a few thousand copies and that would been it. So I just got dumb lucky by being talked into writing a spreadsheet instead."
"These guys, a lot of them, they were in the world - some of them - before they were ready for it. I remember a couple of young programmers, they were just freaked out about having to make decisions, and having to pay taxes. It was almost too much success too early for some of them."
Atari Synapse Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkpbIbFHDQU
SynCalc at AtariMania: http://www.atarimania.com/utility-atari-400-800-xl-xe-syncalc_s12808.html
Ihor Woloseko interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-13-the-atari-8-bit-podcast-ihor-wolosenko
Inverse ATASCII reviews SynCalc: https://inverseatascii.info/2016/02/23/s2e08-synapse-software-syncalc/