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For Oldtimers

CNet has a photo essay of rebuilding an Altair 8800. It was a mid-70s kit PC with an Intel 8080, and S-100 bus architecture. The machine pictured had 32KB of RAM, an 8-inch floppy, and used CP/M.

Enough to make the solder burns from the early years flare up.

2 comments

1 Steve Bates { 09.03.07 at 11:45 pm }

Cool. I never had one, but a friend did. He ran it in his home. The power filtering was so unsatisfactory that whenever the refrigerator compressor switched on in the kitchen, whatever was running on the Altair ceased doing so. My friend never managed to talk his wife into allowing the fridge to be turned off…

2 Bryan { 09.04.07 at 12:14 am }

You just put out an arm and a leg for a regulation system, or buy the parts and build your own.

My Dad had one that came from a surplus store that weighed a gazillon pounds, more or less, but but the output was 110 volts with a pure 60 cycle sine wave.