RE: [Altair Computer Club] can someone help?
- The Altair was hardly the first computer invented (various room to
building sized machines pre-dated it by as much as 30 years) and it
wasn't the first "personal computer" ever (the Mark-8 introduced in 1974
pre-dated it as did a handful of other machines including the Scelbi 8H
and the Kenbak-1.)
The Altair was, however, the most influential early personal computer.
When it was introduced in 1975 it prompted a Harvard student to drop out
and start writing software (Bill Gates) and when it sold thousands of
units in its first year it generated the momentum that the hobbyist
computer movement lacked before that.
From the Altair's success came the first personal computer bus standard
and the first personal computer operating system as well as almost
everything else that eventually resulted in today's personal computer
Three years after MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems - a
calculator kit company) introduced the Altair they were out of business
and Ed Roberts was starting his second career in medicine.
The Vintage Computer Forum
From: theatrebyrd [mailto:Teaspoontam@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 4:14 PM
Subject: [Altair Computer Club] can someone help?
I am doing a presentation on the invention of computers and to my
best knowledge Altair was the first computer invented. Is this the
truth? Does anyone know WHO invented the first Altair Computer
System?? I am told it was invented in 1975. Can anyone help give me
some information? If you could either post a reply or email me
directly at Teaspoon@... that would be wonderful. Thank you
for your help!!! I appreciate it.
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