Altair 8800 Computer
MITS (Micro Instrumentation Telemetry Systems) Altair 8800
is one of the earliest commercially available personal computers.
Ed Roberts sold these machines along with radio-controlled
models by mail-order from the MITS factory in Albuquerque,
New Mexico. In 1975, Paul Allen and Bill Gates (then a student
at Harvard), decided to write a programming language to run
on the Altair. They wrote a scaled down version of BASIC,
and thus began Microsoft (the company).
MITS was much less fortunate. It could never recover from
its cash flow troubles. By 1977 Ed Roberts sold his company
and followed his true passion by returning to medicine.
Donor: Milt Blackstone, Disabled Interest Group