History[ edit ] Scott Pakin started the website in April The idea originated after he looked through "pointless ramblings" in a student newspaper.
To both Paul Allen's and Ed Roberts's surprise the software worked. The October company newsletter gives his title as "Software Specialist". MITS purchased a camper van and outfitted it with the complete product line.
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. 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.
In the July Computer Notes, Bill Gates described this as "the best demo program I've seen for the Altair…" Gates could not figure out how the computer could broadcast to the radio.
This was a popular storage medium before the low-cost floppy disk. The tape was given to Steve Dompier who passed it on to Dan Sokol who had access to a high speed tape punch.
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. Howard Fullmer began selling a power supply upgrade and named his company "Parasitic Engineering".
Gates would attempt to explain the cost of developing software to the hobbyist community. 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?
Are people who copy software any different than those who copy records and books? However, the tone of his letter was those hobbyists were stealing from him, not from a corporation.
As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software. Hardware must be paid for, but software is something to share. Who cares if the people who worked on it get paid? One of the principal targets of the letter was the Homebrew Computer Club and a copy would be sent to the club.
The letter would also appear in Computer Notes. To ensure the letter would be noticed, Dave Bunnell sent the letter via special delivery mail to every major computer publication in the country. The APL programming language was in vogue with some computer scientists in the s.
The language uses a character set based on the Greek alphabet that required special terminals. Most hobbyist terminals did not display lower case letters much less Greek symbols.
Gates was enamored with APL but Allen did not think they could sell this product. Interest in the APL project faded and the software was never completed.
The letter was noticed and the reaction was strong. Many felt the software should be bundled with the machine and the current distribution method was Gates's problem. Others questioned the cost of developing software. Paul Allen had developed a program that could completely simulate a new microprocessor system.
This allowed them to write and debug software before the new computer hardware was complete. They were charged by the hour and by the amount of resources used storage, printing, etc.The Automatic Complaint-Letter Generator is a website that automatically generates complaint letters.
The website was created by Scott Pakin in It allows users to submit the name of the individual or company that the complaint is directed toward. Here’s a sample letter to help you draft your own complaint about a product or service.
Here’s a sample letter to help you draft your own complaint about a product or service. Jump to Navigation. Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information. español. In legal terminology, a complaint is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons (see: cause of action) that the filing party or parties (the plaintiff(s)) believes are sufficient to support a claim against the party or parties against whom the claim is brought.
Write notes about the incident immediately, listing as much detail as possible, but put off writing the actual complaint letter for at least a few hours. Have your facts right. This includes the date, time, and location of the incident, the officer's name and rank (if known), and any other people involved.
MITS agreed to license the software from Allen and Gates. Paul Allen left his job at Honeywell and became the Vice President and Director of Software at MITS with a salary of $30, per year.
Bill Gates was still a student at Harvard and just a contractor with MITS. Write a letter. The written letter is the opportunity to spell out exactly what happened and the terms of compensation you expect. If possible, get the name and title of everyone you've spoken with, for example, Jack, unit supervisor.