New Arrival


Yes, it is what it looks like.

I’m the second owner.

It hasn’t been powered on in 36 years.

I’ll post more pictures as I share the story and test it carefully to make sure it’s safe to power on.

11 Responses to “New Arrival”

  1. B says:

    Okay, some googling leads me to guess: Altair of some sort, 680 or 8800?

  2. jeremiah says:

    um, what is it? At first I thought it was a Sun workstation, but now I’m not sure.

  3. Daniel D says:

    Might that be an Altair 8800?

  4. Jeff says:

    Scope? Textronix usually have a blue case and beige face… more unboxing please! Congratulations on it whatever it is– new gear for the shop is great, especially old gear from a time when things were built like tanks.

  5. J. Peterson says:

    Oooh, looks like an Altair 8800.

    The great thing about the 8 bit machines of that vintage is everything about them – from application software to the CPU design – is capable of fitting in one human brain.

    @jeremiah – Not a lot of Sun workstations around in ’76 : )

  6. William says:

    Very cool! I’m looking forward to more about this cool piece of historical technology.

  7. oakkar says:

    filed under Vintage Computing,
    It hasn’t been powered on in 36 years. (Introduced: January 1975
    Available: February 1975)
    googled, gray case, blue begie face,

    It is Altair 8800 :) . wanna to see it is alive again.

  8. Daniel D says:

    How come B:s comment is dated “September 3, 2012 at 08:06 pm”, earlier than all other comments even though it’s probably written the 4th of september. I got a notification of this post in my mail… it’s a little bit confusing when the dates don’t match.

  9. Keith Neufeld says:

    Daniel, WordPress comments are sorted for display in the order they were submitted but notifications are sent when the comments are approved. Comments from regulars are auto-approved; comments from new commenters are moderated and approved manually, because a fair bit of comment spam still slips through the Akismet spam-guarding plugin and I refuse to have spam show up even temporarily before I can remove it.

    So comments from new commenters may not appear immediately but will always sort in the order submitted once approved. And I waited to moderate B’s comment until there was a whole rash of (correct) guesses about the Altair, wanting to give everyone a chance to guess for themselves before giving it away.

  10. Daniel D says:

    thank you for answering, and thank you for this interesting blog.
    Really looking forward to read more.

  11. Electrogineer says:

    WOW… Envy :)
    I once had a DIY 8008 System but Unfortunatley, for unknown reasons It got stollen. :( I have fond memories learning on that machine. Still miss it and still haven’t gotten round to rebuilding/replacing it.

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