From: Joe <>
Date: Sun Jan 11 20:27:02 1998

At 09:44 PM 1/11/98 -0800, you wrote:
>At 06:52 AM 1/11/98, you wrote:
>>At 04:38 PM 1/11/98 -0600, you wrote:
>>>On Sun, 11 Jan 1998, Joe wrote:
>>>> I think the credit on this one has to go to the IBM 5100 again. It
>>>> released in 1975.
>>>Is it not true, then, that Ed Roberts coined the term 'personal computer'
>>>to describe the Altair? (That's the legend I've been led to believe.)
>> I don't know if he did or not but the Altair wasn't announced til
>>January 1976 or 77 (I don't remember which but I have the magazine that it
>>was announced in.) The IBM 5100 was already in production in 1975.
>Close, the Altair 8800 was introduced as the cover project in the January
>1975 issue of Popular Electroncs.

    OK maybe it was 1975. I have the magazine packed away and quit
drooling over it years ago. I think the IBM still gets the nod since in
was in full production and delivery while the Altair was still delivering
incomplete bags of parts and even those were months behind. In fact, most
Altair "kits" were delivered in installments spread over almost a year. You
got parts for one section at a time. I DO have that ad handy. I should
scan it and post it.


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