Altair BASIC Paper Tape



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English: This is an original copy of 8K BASIC on paper tape for the MITS Altair 8800 computer. The BASIC interpreter was written by Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Monte Davidoff. The tape is labeled "BASIC 8K without cassette" and dated July 2 (1975).

The paper tape was a common method for storing programs and data in the 1960s and 1970s. This tape was produced by a Teletype ASR-33. The term cassette means support for the Altair 88-ACR (Audio Cassette Recorder) interface board.

In October 1975, 8K BASIC sold for $200. The price was discounted to $75 for "purchaser of 8K of Altair memory, and an Altair I/O board." 4K BASIC was $150 and Extended BASIC was$350 with discounted prices of $60 and $150. They were available on paper tape or cassette tape.

This tape is on display at the "STARTUP: Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution" wing of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Photo by Michael Holley, April 2007.

Taken with a Canon PowerShot A630 (1/60 second and F/4.1) using on camera flash.
Français : Photographie d'une des première copie sur bande perforée de BASIC 8K pour l'ordinateur Altair 8800 de MITS. L'interpréteur BASIC a été écrit par Bill Gates, Paul Allen et Monte Davidoff. Sur la bande est marqué «BASIC 8K without cassette» («BASIC 8K sans cassette») et daté au 2 juillet (1975). La bande était un support de stockage fréquent pour les programmes et les données entre 1960 et 1980. Le terme «cassette» fait référence au format de lecteur utilisé sur l'Altair : «88-ACR» (Audio Cassette Recorder). Cette copie a été obtenue a l'aide d'un téléscripteur ASR-33.

En octobre 1975, BASIC 8K était vendu 200$. Le prix été réduit à 75$ pour «les acheteurs d'une extension de mémoire 8K pour l'Altair et d'une carte d'extension». La version 4K était vendu 150$, 60$ avec le même type de rabais. La version "extended" était à 350$ et 150$. Toutes ses versions étaient disponibles sur bande de papier ou sur cassette.

Cette bande de papier est exposée au Musée d'histoire naturel et des sciences de New Mexico dans la section «STARTUP : Albuquerque et la révolution de l'ordinateur individuel».
Date 1 May 2007(2007-05-01)
Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Altair_BASIC_Paper_Tape.jpg
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