I was messing with my home networking, and I finally got around to linking up my TiVo and my Ubuntu Media Center, which brought to fore a downloaded version of Triumph of the Nerds, so I started watching it (for like the 80th time). It starts with the story of the MITS Altair 8800, the first personal computer, and its influence on Microsoft and other companies that came after.
This reminded me of my prized copy of Popular Mechanics from December 1975 which I found in a rented cabin in Yosemite about 10 years ago. The famous Altair launch issue was from January of that year, but in December, MITS bought a eight page advertisement promoting their products and peripherals, which 34 years later, is pretty fun to read. So I decided to scan the ad and post them here in the spirit of the season.