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'[EE] Altair 8800 available again...'
Someone has re-created the Altair 8800 kit. Checkout the pictures!
Psst... Hey, you... Buddy... Want a kitten? straycatblues.petfinder.org
Hmm, makes me wonder if I can still switch on my Apple ][+ :-)
On 11/21/06, William Couture <gmail.com> wrote: bcouture
> Someone has re-created the Altair 8800 kit. Checkout the pictures!
> Psst... Hey, you... Buddy... Want a kitten? straycatblues.petfinder.org
> Hmm, makes me wonder if I can still switch on my Apple ][+ :-)
I've got an Apple ][ sitting on a top shelf here. It's been there for over
10 years... In the 1970s, a friend bought one of those Altair kits. One
thing I remember about it was his paper tape reader. He pulled the tape
through by hand. An opto sensor on the feed holes acted as a data strobe.
I thought that was pretty clever. On the Altair kit site, the write
answers a question about why the web page is so poor. He answers that it
was really hard to toggle in all that text. I remember using toggle
switches on the PDP-8 to key in a loader program, that then read another
loader from paper tape, that then read in the application. Lotsa fun!
The new construction of old technology is really pretty amazing. On this
page (http://www.w9gr.com/phasitron.html) is info about restoration of a
very old FM broadcast transmitter, and the complete construction of a
Phasitron FM exciter (1940s technology). Very nice work!
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