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    Default Death of Henry Roberts...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8600493.stm

    Hopefully the picture as I saw it, with the altair cut off the bottom, will have been corrected by the time most of you read this. OOPS!

    The youth of today!
    "Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone" (BANG )

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    Oh... Ed Roberts. (I don't think he used the name Henry)

    Anyway, uncut photo here:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,3043584.story

    "It's a me-too, 8-bit machine with good graphics and a disk system nobody will support."
    -- Bill Gates, about the Sony SMC-70 with the new 3.5" floppy drives (InfoWorld; June 7, 1982)

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    Truly a pioneer. He will be missed.

    Andrew Lynch

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    Sorry, I wasn't on "second name" terms with the chap, please amend the title of the thread!
    "Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone" (BANG )

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    His obituary in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010...gner.html?_r=2

    The Altair may have been well before my time, but it paved the way for this wonderful new era of affordable and generally accessible home computing, of which we continue pick the fruits to this day.

    Thank you, Dr. Roberts. And may you Rest In Peace.

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    I didn't know him, didn't even know his name and haven't used an Altair. I love computers though, and the Altair was quite an important one, as was MS Basic, which he apparently also helped along. Thusly I thank him and respect him - a shame he died so much younger than necessary.
    More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
    Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
    I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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