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Altair Software
A listing of Altair software from The Virtual Altair Museum/

Popular Electronics
Scans of the January 1975 issue, cover and Altair article.

Solomon’s Memory
Les Solomon remembers the early days of personal computing.

Bill Gates Interview
Transcript of 1993 video oral history from the Smithsonian Institution.

The Accidental Zillionaire
Wired profile of Paul Allen.

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