Re: New Poll Question

Subject: Re: New Poll Question
From: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 19:09:38 -0500

Morton, Christopher wrote:

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

You could be right. I know he bought DOS at the same time Jobs and Woziak bought the mouse and GUI from Xerox. All I can go by is what my friend told me and he was a hell of a TW, so either he wrote that book or something similar. It was nearly 30 years ago anyway and we've written so many manuals and other things since then.

However, according to Wikipedia, a source that we all know is better than Britannica ...yeah sure...."The original BASIC language was invented in 1963 <> by John Kemeny <> and Thomas Kurtz <> and implemented by a team of Dartmouth students under their direction. In the following years, as other dialects of BASIC appeared, Kemeny and Kurtz' original BASIC dialect became known as Dartmouth BASIC <>." So BIll probably wrote Altair BASIC, but knowing Bill it was based on something else. This is okay because every advance in anything is based o something that came before it.


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