Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Apr 2010 16:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems I'm posting this one day late, because I didn't want it to get lost in all the April 1 nonsense. We've been in the computer age for a while now, and while that gives us the privilege of dealing with some truly great products and innovations, it sadly also means that we are starting to lose the pioneers that defined this industry. Yesterday, Ed Roberts shuffled out of life due to pneumonia. Dr. Henry Edward Roberts developed the Altair 8800, considered to be the first personal computer.
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I read about him
by funny_irony on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 09:03 UTC
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He is the one who bought Basic version 1.0 from Bill Gates.

His machine is the first one in the industry to run MS-Basic.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen saw an opportunity and wrote Altair BASIC, a true programming language, and the first commercial Microsoft computer product.

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