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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RE: History
by vodoomoth on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 00:55 UTC in reply to "History"
vodoomoth
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2010-03-30

If you allow me to, I second each and every bit of that.

On another side, I am shocked at the low number of comments to this article, especially in contrast to what the iPhone articles attract.

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RE[2]: History
by darknexus on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 03:06 in reply to "RE: History"
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2008-07-15

On another side, I am shocked at the low number of comments to this article, especially in contrast to what the iPhone articles attract.


I'm not. Being of the younger generation and not a huge history buff of any kind, his name and the details of the Altair were new to me. In general, and not just in computing, many names end up being forgotten undeservedly by most people. It's very unfortunate, but I guess that's just how it is.

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RE[2]: History
by Laurence on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 09:35 in reply to "RE: History"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

On another side, I am shocked at the low number of comments to this article, especially in contrast to what the iPhone articles attract.


I'm disappointed but not shocked.

Most people forget about Woz's contribution towards Job's success let alone many of the other greats of IT that hadn't achieved celebrity status in the media.

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RE[3]: History
by Gone fishing on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 11:38 in reply to "RE[2]: History"
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2006-02-22

I'm disappointed but not shocked.


Don't be - obviously this is more news worthy than the latest ithing. However, it may not be lack of respect - just lack of anything to say.

Lets hope the spirit of innovation of the early days of computing of which Ed Roberts was a notable part can be emulated into the future. In some ways I feel that the opensource community is an attempt to do this.

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