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02 Apr 2010 11:19


Tech: RIP Ed Roberts, Altair 8800 maker who started the PC revolution

  • Ed Roberts may not have invented the iPad, but his invention is arguably more important. The Altair 8800 was the first personal computer produced to any sort of scale. Not that it could do much – the only thing you could do on this version was hit switches and make lights blink. But it still sold thousands out of the gate. Roberts died last night. He was 68. source