Re: New Poll Question
I think this is bunk, Al. True, Bill bought DOS, but his Altair BASIC heYou 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 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1963> by John Kemeny <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_George_Kemeny> and Thomas Kurtz <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Eugene_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 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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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