1. feingarden

    Wow, a magazine cover from the days when electronics magazines were for people who could solder, and “consumer electronics” was still 15 years in the future. Remember when Radio Shack sold electronic components and not just cell phones and TVs? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. docred

    Ed Roberts was from an era when the meaning of the term ‘hacker’ did not mean someone who used canned code and hardware to do nasty things. He was from the pioneer age of personal computing, when the real hackers and hardcore computer techs could solder, add in hex in their heads, and if there was no disk IO interface for your hobby computer, you sat down and designed one :)

    If you ever have the chance, read the book Hackers by Steven Levy. Roberts is featured in the second part of the book, right in the thick of things in the personal computer genesis. In tribute to those finger shredding switches on the front of the Altair :)

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