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ordered my altair 8800 micro

PostPosted: Sep Fri 10, 2010 10:31 pm
by craigswrx
cant wait for it to come in looks like it will be a lot of fun to program with

Re: ordered my altair 8800 micro

PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2010 5:47 pm
by wd5gnr
Yeah I'm anxious for mine too ;-) There was a guy talking about his childhood experience with the Altair over on eevblog's forum:
When I was a teenager, my father bought an Altair 8800b kit for me to put
together. I had built Heathkits before, but nothing like a computer. If you
need some background on the Altair, check out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altair_8800

My kit had an optional 16K dynamic memory board. This board was much
cheaper than the standard static memory board available at the time.
However, I had tons of problems getting it to run reliably. I tried adding
extra capacitors but that rarely helped. Eventually, I put a sheet of plastic
on both sides of the board, then covered front and back with aluminum foil
and grounded the foil. Voila, most problems magically went away!

I also had a Microterm ACT-IV serial terminal, a huge beast at the time


And then:
Then I got the big toy, two 8" floppy disk drives and a floppy controller
from Thinker Toys.


And I'm thinking: "I wonder if your parents would have adopted me!" The old Altair might as well been a million dollars relative to what my parents were willing to spend on my hobbies.

Re: ordered my altair 8800 micro

PostPosted: Sep Fri 17, 2010 10:35 am
by craigswrx
yea i cant wait to get mine in and start hiting the switches

Re: ordered my altair 8800 micro

PostPosted: Oct Thu 07, 2010 1:09 pm
by craigswrx
i also cant wait to see what add on boards he makes for the altair micro

Re: ordered my altair 8800 micro

PostPosted: Nov Thu 18, 2010 10:57 am
by craigswrx
got a email from vince that my altair micro should be shiping today cant wait

Re: ordered my altair 8800 micro

PostPosted: Nov Thu 18, 2010 12:41 pm
by vbriel
craigswrx wrote:i also cant wait to see what add on boards he makes for the altair micro


The good news is that I'll have more time to develop boards next year! We'll see what we can make next year.

Re: ordered my altair 8800 micro

PostPosted: Nov Fri 19, 2010 12:26 am
by craigswrx
good to know cant wait