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988[Altair Computer Club] Re: Hello from PC World, and two Altair-related questions

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  • charles_pearson
    Aug 27, 2006
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      It looks like the article was written and published. Here's a link:


      The Altair 8800 came in at #12:

      12. MITS Altair 8800 (1975)
      MITS Altair 8800

      Computer historians are still squabbling over whether MITS's Altair
      was the first true personal computer. (Earlier candidates include the
      Kenbak-1 and Micral-N.) What's undeniable is that it was "the first
      machine to really capture the imagination of the geek sector in a big
      way," says Erik Klein of Vintage-Computer.com. "The fact that other
      companies quickly jumped onto the bandwagon was proof of its power and

      The Altair started life as a $397 build-it-yourself kit--little more
      than a box, a board, an Intel 8080 CPU (which MITS bought at a
      discount because of cosmetic blemishes), and 256 bytes of RAM. At
      first you needed to program it by flipping switches, until Bill Gates
      and Paul Allen started a tiny company called Micro-soft (yes, with a
      hyphen) and came up with a version of the BASIC programming language
      that would work on the system.

      Software from Bill Gates wasn't the only thing the Altair had in
      common with today's systems. Much of the infrastructure that would
      support later PCs--from disk-drive manufacturers to software
      developers to computer stores--sprung up to support it. There were
      even clones, such as the popular IMSAI 8080.

      The Altair's time as the dominant computing platform was brief, and in
      1978 it was discontinued altogether. But what a legacy it left.
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