Well, that picture would seem to prove me wrong. Even if the photo
misrepresents what was really delivered to customers, it certainly
shows that those "Altair Systems" binders existed at the very
beginning. I can only go by my experience as a MITS employee, and I
did see 8800 and 8800a models delivered with the other kind of
binder, so maybe they existed in parallel (I wasn't at MITS until
after the 8800a was introduced). There's no doubt, though, that
the "systems" binder is much more scarce than the other, and it was
used for the WACC handouts.
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--- In altaircomputerclub@ yahoogroups. com, "Marden P. Marshall"
> Thank you for the detailed accounting. I suspected that
> Age" binder was the original one, since that is what you see the
> of, although usually not in very good shape these days. What made
> start to question this though is that you see the "Altair Systems"
> style manual used in one of the 8800 kit add photos
> (Altair_Kits. jpg). I personally like the looks of the "Altair
> binder the best.
> On Jan 6, 2009, at 12:52 AM, Steve wrote:
> > Mardy-
> > The blue on white "Altair Age" binder
> > ( http://www.classicc mp.org/dunfield/ altair/h/ mits1.jpg ) was
> > for all early Altair manuals, until about the time that the
> > was introduced, when MITS switched to classier looking blue
> > with white and black lettering. You can see an example at Tom
> > Sanderson's Virtual Altair site at
http://www.virtuala ltair.com/ virtualaltair. com/vac_library. asp .
> > ICOM Microperipherals eventually came under MITS'/Pertec' s roof,
> > Tom's site has an image of a typical iCOM binder too.
> > The other blue on white binder that you referenced,
> > System",
> > ( http://www.classicc mp.org/dunfield/ altair/h/ mits2.jpg ) was
> > as far as I know, only for special packages of information given
> > at some of the seminars at the World Altair Computer Convention
> > (WACC). They contained general information, talking points,
> > of operation, and bits of architecture of the original 8800 and
> > board. These may also have been mailed out to potential customers
> > one time. They're relatively rare.
> > After Pertec acquired MITS, they began to distribute some
> > information in "PCC" blue on white binders. The hard disk
> > and a few other items were also distributed in black on blue PCC
> > binders. Sorry, I can't find any handy examples.
> > Besides the above, the ASDC/Peachtree business software manuals
> > different, usually saying "Altair Software" or "ASDC Software"
> > white on blue vinyl. There were a couple of variations. Here's
> > example:
> > http://www.digibarn .com/collections /articles/ altairs-notes/
> > index.html . Note that this example at Digibarn was found
> > containing reprints of MITS "Computer Notes" articles. Those are
> > the contents that were originally contained in this kind of
> > Steve
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> > --- In altaircomputerclub@ yahoogroups. com, "mardy_marshall"
> > <mardy@> wrote:
> > >
> > > MITS appeared to have releases two different styles of
> > documentation binders, seen here at
> > > Dave Dunfield's site:
> > >
> > > http://www.classicc mp.org/dunfield/ altair/h/ mits1.jpg
> > >
> > > http://www.classicc mp.org/dunfield/ altair/h/ mits2.jpg
> > >
> > > Does anyone recall which one came first?
> > >
> > > -Mardy
> > >