Sunday, September 6, 2015

MITS Altair 8800 SN414 Microcomputer goes to new home

John Simkiss
John Simkiss
BugbooksIt was a pleasure to have John Simkiss visit our  Computer Museum & Warehouse to pick up the Altair 8800 to take home for his collection. We spent the day having great conversations about the history of microcomputer and the people that made it happen. It was fun and a lot of reminiscing about old times while touring the museum warehouse with thousands of items from my 40+ years of collection microcomputer memorabilia.

Introducing John to our tiny village of Floyd,Virginia (419 folks here) and a tour of our Chantilly Festival Farm project along with some good meals made for a great day.

John describes his visit to the  Computer Museum in his own words
    A video of the MITS Altair 8800 transfer from the museum to John Simkiss. - "CLICK"

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 John Simkiss - David Larsen
LR John Simkiss - David Larsen

This is a happy John Simkiss with his new addition of the Altair 8800 to his collection and the  Computer Museum curator on the right David Larsen.

This Altair 8800 was restored by Win Heagy to make it fully functional.

I will miss this computer however it will be replaced by one from our museum warehouse. I also have a lower serial number Altair 8800 - Number 0021 here is video  "CLICK".

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John Simkiss with Titus 8080 Octal Code Card

John went  home with several additional historical microcomputer items including this "John Titus's 8080 Octal code card shown in the photo.

Several other first of a kind from our museum collection for John - One of the first Intel 8 bit microprocessor chips the 8008 and a never out of the box - one of the very first Intel EPROM chips the 1702A.

John added some nice items to our museum collection as well as taking some home - he donated  HP 41C, HP41CX, HP 19B2 calculators with manuals. Really nice addition. I think that 19B Business Consultant 2 will be used in our business in addition the museum collection.

Altair 8800 microcomputer
John pointing our the MARK-8 computer

John pointing out one of our MARK-8 computers on display in the museum.

Here is a full audio description of this display case including the MARK-8 -- "CLICK"

Apple-1 microcomputer
Apple computer display

Looking over part of our Apple microcomputer displays. We also made a visit to the local bank vault where our museum's original Apple-1 computers are stored for a good look. More about our original Apple-1 computers look here "CLICK"

Here is a video of this Altair in operation tested by Win Heagy  "CLICK"

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Altair original CPU board version  0

A peak inside John's Altair at an original MITS CPU board revision 0 with serial number in the 400's on the board.

C8080A Intel Microprocessor
C8080A Intel Microprocessor

Original C8080A microprocessor chip in the Altair.

1K MITS Altair RAM memory
1K MITS Altair RAM memory

Original 1K MITS Altair RAM memory board revision 0 and serial number 451 with computer sn 414.
Video of memory board.

First version of the Atair 8800 manual -Video.

David G Larsen
David G Larsen
This was just a fun day with John reminiscing about microcomputer history in our little town of Floyd, Virginia.

 "by David Larsen"  Chantilly Farm ownerComputer Historian, and amateur radio operator -KK4WW   & N4USA .  I work out of one of the Tiny Homes at Chantilly Farm. A great place to work if you like the to be out in nature. I am 81 and ready to sell Chantilly Farm - I have a few more  projects I would like to do - if you have an interest to know more give me a call. 540 392 2392

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