On 19th August 1839, it was announced by the French government that, Daguerreotype, a photography process developed by Louis Daguerre would be a gift “free to the world”. Daguerre was a French artist regarded as one of the fathers of photography. His collaboration with Nicéphore Niépce, an inventor who had produced the oldest surviving camera photograph, resulted in the Daguerreotype.
Altair 8800, sold as a build-it-yourself kit, is generally regarded as the device that sparked the microcomputer revolution. Microsoft's Altair BASIC was the first programming language for the machine. [more...]