Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by chkwoot » Wed May 09, 2018 1:53 pm

For Christmas 1975, my father got "me" this:


No monitor, keyboard, printer, storage, etc. Added some stuff the next year. At least I learned hexadecimal, IMDOS, and how to enter programs published in Byte magazine.
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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by phuketrichard » Wed May 09, 2018 3:07 pm

....hexadecimal, IMDOS, and how to enter programs published in Byte magazine...
now can u please translate that into understandable english LOL

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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by John Bingham » Wed May 09, 2018 3:26 pm

chkwoot wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 1:53 pm


No monitor, keyboard, printer, storage, etc.
What could you actually do with an Altair? Press a few switches and get some lights to flash?
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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by StroppyChops » Wed May 09, 2018 3:43 pm

John Bingham wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 3:26 pm
chkwoot wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 1:53 pm


No monitor, keyboard, printer, storage, etc.
What could you actually do with an Altair? Press a few switches and get some lights to flash?
Quite literally, just program in true machine code and watch the lights blink. Later versions introduced early Basic, and from there the developers bounced off and formed Microsoft.

Edit - and by "program" we're talking toggling the switches, no keyboard.
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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by Heng Heng Heng » Wed May 09, 2018 3:50 pm

I hope you were practicing safe hex back then.
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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by Kuroneko » Wed May 09, 2018 4:36 pm

chkwoot wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 1:53 pm
At least I learned hexadecimal, IMDOS, and how to enter programs published in Byte magazine.
1970 I was programing in Pascal. I had to type the program out on a flexowriter which produced a punched tape that you fed into the computer. Invariably it didnt work and you marked the errors and then re typed the code. It used to take me about three goes! :D

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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by phuketrichard » Wed May 09, 2018 5:12 pm

looks like something to make codes for spy's
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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by Kuroneko » Wed May 09, 2018 5:32 pm

phuketrichard wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:12 pm
looks like something to make codes for spy's
I think your thinking of the CCM Mark 23 :D

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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by markd » Wed May 09, 2018 5:58 pm

looks like a telex machine


Kuroneko wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 4:36 pm
chkwoot wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 1:53 pm
At least I learned hexadecimal, IMDOS, and how to enter programs published in Byte magazine.
1970 I was programing in Pascal. I had to type the program out on a flexowriter which produced a punched tape that you fed into the computer. Invariably it didnt work and you marked the errors and then re typed the code. It used to take me about three goes! :D

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Re: Open letter to newbies (especially Cannabistourist)

Post by Kuroneko » Wed May 09, 2018 8:36 pm

markd wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:58 pm
looks like a telex machine
Telex machines send text based messages, flexowriters produce punched code to feed into a computer.

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