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.
Ryan Maguire created a song from the sound bits removed by MP3 compression of Tom's Diner. He called it, "moDernisT", which is an anagram of the original song name. Suzanne Vega's hit was used as a testbed song by Karlheinz Brandenburg when he developed MP3. [more...]