RE: New Poll Question

Subject: RE: New Poll Question
From: "Morton, Christopher" <CMorton -at- caiso -dot- com>
To: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 15:56:21 -0800

I think this is bunk, Al. True, Bill bought DOS, but his Altair BASIC he
wrote himself.

> Chris

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Perkins, Kathy wrote:

>Your mentor must have worked with Bill Gates. He was the one that wrote
>the BASIC code for the Altair. I actually remember the Altair. You
>bought the kit at Radio Shack, and had to put it together yourself.
>We've come a long way since then, heh?
>
>
Bill actually bought BASIC along with other things. The actual code was

developed in the '60s long before the Altair computer was released.
BTW...I didn't say that my friend wrote the code, I said he documented
it. We used modified Altair computers (CP/M systems) for our off line
program development prior to switching to Forth and then to UNIX.
Derivatives of the Altair were sold by everyone, just like IBM-clones.

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