I just found this Altair Yahoo group and thought I would say hello.
In 2000 I purchased a working mint condition Altair 8800 for a little
over $3000. I flew out to Redmond to pick it up from my Microsoft
buddy who was kind enough to inspect the system and complete the
transaction. I had it super packed and personally flew it home to
Chicago, where it exists today. After a couple of years of being
preserved in packing, I finally had the nerve to unpack it. I am told
by the pervious owner that is passes the lenghty test program, but
have never plugged it in. Now I am wondering what I should do with
it. I bought it because I remember the Altair from my childhood and
because I read the book "Gates". I have considered selling to raise
more money for my start-up, or I will keep it and someday put it in a
glass case in the lobby of my company HQ once my start-up is
successful. There is also a part of me that wants to figure it out.
So I have started my research. If there is anyone in the Chicago
burbs that knows how to inspect and use one, please feel free to
contact me. I would love your help. Another option for anyone willing
to assist me, is working using a webcam setup. I could be your hands,
and the webcam could be your eyes. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to
learning more about this wonderful machine online.