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  1. The Altair pictured on the cover of Popular...

    The Altair pictured on the cover of Popular Electronics (Jan. 1975) is just a mocked-up model put together for a cover photo. The unit lost in the mail was shipped in October and would have been used...
  2. Your comment about Altair #2 being lost might be...

    Your comment about Altair #2 being lost might be supported by a claim made by the lady that sold Altair #3 on eBay a few years back. Altair #3 was bought by someone in England and it was donated...
  3. Altair #1 - Lost in the mail. Who got Altair #2?

    It is fairly well established that the first Altair built was lost in transit to Les Solomon back in October of 1974. Which raises the question of where did Altair #2 go? I always assumed that Ed...
  4. I started actively collecting in about 1975. In...

    I started actively collecting in about 1975. In the 1970's and early 1980's, ham radio swap meets were the primary events where I had the best luck in finding computer related items. Eventually...
  5. I contacted the seller of Altair #221914...

    I contacted the seller of Altair #221914 currently on eBay and he responded: "You are indeed correct the label measures 1 5/8" long. 3/8" Short I suppose. This was purchased at a garage sale from...
  6. I also measured my sticker (220005A) and it is...

    I also measured my sticker (220005A) and it is also exactly 2". I also measured the hole centers for the screws just above the label and they are 2.5" apart. If you do a little math with the...
  7. I must be looking at a different serial number...

    I must be looking at a different serial number sticker. This sure looks like it is on the back of the case. I am just curious as to why the normal "K" or "A" suffix is not there. Did someone trim...
  8. Any idea why the serial number label on this...

    Any idea why the serial number label on this computer has no "A" or "K" suffix? Do you suppose it was trimmed for some reason?
  9. Keep in mind that Steve Job's autograph is...

    Keep in mind that Steve Job's autograph is considered one of the most difficult of recent famous American's to obtain along with Neil Armstrong's autograph. He just did not sign very often. Even...
  10. I noted the serial number on this computer was...

    I noted the serial number on this computer was A2S1-2455, making it a quite early system. I also noted that the hand written date code on the motherboard was 2733. Can anyone decipher or explain what...
  11. No regrets here! The first one was sold in the...

    No regrets here! The first one was sold in the late 1980's for $20,000. We had 3 children at the time and wanted a mini-van to make traveling a bit more bearable. So we sold the Apple 1 to Jean-Louie...
  12. The first one I sold for $20,000 to a VP at...

    The first one I sold for $20,000 to a VP at Apple. The second one went for $25,000. The guy that bought it resold it on eBay for $50,000 and it then sold at Christies Auction in London for $213,000...
  13. My collection (hoard?) about 20 years ago...

    I starting collecting in the late 1970's when I was part of a small group trying to start up a computer museum in Minnesota. It never happened, but I sure filled my garage with lots of stuff. In...
  14. Yes, there are a couple early versions of the...

    Yes, there are a couple early versions of the Oregon Trail with the earliest one on the MECC Timesharing System which started in1973. Our first system was a UNIVAC 1110 which was later replaced by a...
  15. I not only played Oregon Trail but also helped...

    I not only played Oregon Trail but also helped with various versions of it. I was a courseware designer at MECC from 1982 to 1999 when we were shut down. My main responsibility was the math...
  16. 1972 Univac 8008 Micro Computer System

    A few years ago I posted video of an early 8-bit micro in my collection that I did not know the background on. However, I recently found out the history of the computer. It was built by the Univac...
  17. Corey, Great job--will have to see how it does...

    Corey,

    Great job--will have to see how it does on auction! Was the board hand numbered by the Byte Shop? Just curious if this might have been one of the Apple 1's that I used to have. My Apple 1...
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    My sincere apology to vwestlife for using "Comic...

    My sincere apology to vwestlife for using "Comic Sans" font in my eBay listing! I have changed it to "Arial" for him and any other viewer that finds the font offensive.
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    I have to agree with you that these drives seem...

    I have to agree with you that these drives seem to be a bit scarce. When MECC finally shut the doors in 1999, I bought many of the computers in the testing department. We had about every...
  20. WTB: Apple II Bell & Howell "6" Keycap - Shiny black type

    I have an Apple II Bell & Howell computer missing the "6" keycap. Actually, the stem is broke off so I need the whole assembly. This computer was built in the May of 1981 so it must have been an...
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    On September 21, 1978, the state of Minnesota and...

    On September 21, 1978, the state of Minnesota and MECC reached an agreement for Minnesota schools to purchase Apple II systems directly from Apple. For less than $2000, a complete system included two...
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    Bill, Thanks for the compliment. I agree and...

    Bill,

    Thanks for the compliment. I agree and might add that the video does not do the computer justice. There is an unbelievable amount of work put into the design and construction of the case for...
  23. A few items in my computer collection (YouTube Video)

    I started collecting various computer artifacts in the mid-1970's. I decided to post a YouTube video showing some of the items that I have in my collection, so I thought I would share it with the...
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    My 1972 Intel 8008 "Mystery Computer"

    I finally made a video and posted on YouTube of my early Intel micro with the 8008 CPU. My research shows that this might have built as early as the summer of 1972. I wished I knew who built it and...
  25. An encounter with Steve Jobs and my 3 Apple 1 computers (YouTube Video)

    I did a video that talked about my one encounter with Steve Jobs in 1982 and a little about the three different Apple 1 computers that I owned over the years. The video is posted on YouTube and the...
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