13 thoughts on “Return Of The Altair

  1. I’d much rather have a 6502 system such as the CS/A6502 or Gecko. Then again, plans for a homebrew computer based around a PIC16F877A would also be on that list. I found the S100 bus and computers that use it not fun. $1750 is also alot of money for this beast. Andre’s PET4032 looks to be something nifty to try if you are into the CBM stuff.

  2. WOW! Now all you need to do is find and post plans (or a kit) for Steve Jobs “black box” from his college days and this site could be renamed “Pirates of Hackaday Valley”! Even though this one is not a “hack”….I am still impressed. thanks for that guys!

  3. @ 4 and 7

    Jobs and Woz had the “Blue Box”, which was a telephone phreaker. If I remember correctly, Woz won’t pull a schematic for it, but you could possibly contact Captain Crunch for one.

    And going from memory again, any connection between Jobs and a “black box” is probably referring to Jobs’ NeXT software/computer company.

  4. It seems expensive. I purchased on with my first paycheck working for a big company as a programmer when I got out of college in early 1975. It took almost all of the paycheck. … The $395 I spent would be $1750 now (31 years later) at 4.92% inflation. I guess it is really ‘fairly priced’.

    I sold mine after being ‘highly modded’ over 20 years ago, with a Processor Technology video and 3P+S board, and 16 slots, and 62K of RAM and 2K of EPROM. I found my AI Cybernetics Speach Synthasizer last year and gave it back to who sold/made them in 1978 or so.

    It was a good computer but it was about 10% as powerful as the origional IBM PC. (A 2MHz 8 bit processor, vs the PC was a 16 bit 5.44MHz processor). Now a 32bit 3GHz processor multicore SMP with 4+G Ram is not unusual.

    Things change, but we all still want more GHz, more RAM, more disk, and faster networking. (Oh yea, the best networking I did with the Altair, was dialup with my 300baud DCHayes modem board!

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