Retrieved November 25, This was the marketing function and the hobbyists did the marketing with a complete antipathy of the company in question. Now I ask you--does a musician have the right to collect the royalty on the sale of his records or does a writer have the right to collect the royalty on the sale of his books?
The October company newsletter gives his title as "Software Specialist". An article on software copyright law that discusses the "Open Letter to Hobbyists". Archived from the original on March 23, The project had started in late but the "Open Letter" motivated many hobbyists to participate.
Why should customers pay for software already paid for by the taxpayer? Interest in the APL project faded and the software was never completed. Wada, Robert July It could have been Honeywell where Paul Allen was working.
He suggested a class action lawsuit or a Federal Trade Commission investigation into false advertising was in order. This allowed them to write and debug software before the new computer hardware was complete.
Gates, Bill February Southern California Computer Society. Hardware must be paid for, but software is something to share.
Hayes, Mike February Micro-8 Computer User Group Newsletter. Harvard officials were not pleased that Gates and Allen who was not a student had used the PDP to develop a commercial product, but determined that this military computer was not covered by any Harvard policy; the PDP was controlled by Professor Thomas Cheathamwho felt that students could use the machine for personal use.
At the first meeting in March, Steve Dompier gave an account of his visit to the MITS factory in Albuquerque where he attempted to pick up his order for one of everything. The assembly language source code was published or the software was sold for five or ten dollars.
As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software. Gates was enamored with APL but Allen did not think they could sell this product.
At the April 16, club meeting Dompier keyed in a small program that played the song "Fool on the Hill" on a nearby AM radio. Many Altair computer owners skipped the bundled package; purchased their memory boards from a third party supplier and used a "borrowed" copy of Altair BASIC.
Gates would attempt to explain the cost of developing software to the hobbyist community. Magazines that published the letter[ edit ] Gates, Bill January The language uses a character set based on the Greek alphabet that required special terminals. The APL programming language was in vogue with some computer scientists in the s.
To ensure the letter would be noticed, Dave Bunnell sent the letter via special delivery mail to every major computer publication in the country. One of the principal targets of the letter was the Homebrew Computer Club and a copy would be sent to the club.
Editor Art Childs writes about the letter he received from the "author of Altair Basic" and the resulting controversy on propriety software. The tape was given to Steve Dompier who passed it on to Dan Sokol who had access to a high speed tape punch.
The letter would also appear in Computer Notes. Several responses to the letter were published, including one from Bill Gates. Gates, Bill February 10, The letter was noticed and the reaction was strong.
Gates, Bill March—April Gates, Bill March 11, Who cares if the people who worked on it get paid? Jim Warren, the editor of Dr.
Others questioned the cost of developing software. This was a popular storage medium before the low-cost floppy disk. National Semiconductor went to Microsoft and bought a license, they were in business that way. Howard Fullmer began selling a power supply upgrade and named his company "Parasitic Engineering".A crossed letter is a manuscript letter which contains two separate sets of writing, one written over the other at right-angles.
This was done during the early days of the postal system in the 19th century to save on expensive postage charges, as well as to save paper. This technique is also called cross-hatching or cross-writing.
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