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- Anybody ever use an "Altair"?
Re: Anybody ever use an "Altair"?
Turns out there is quite a lot of hobbyists that build, restore or
maintain those old computers. There is even a new IMSAI 2 version that is
available from the original builders, although I could never decide from
the web page if they were actually shipping anything.
Turns out that original boxes had to be programmed from the switches
on the front panel, and any output was to the binary leds. Man, that must
have been some slow programming! But I am told that most hobbyists put a
keyboard and output device on their machines in short order.
Looks like a lot of fun, but I am still researching. Interestingly
enough, all the electronic parts (8080, 8228, 8224, etc) are still
available from Jameco and the like.
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