This article is from the Apple II Csa2 FAQ, by Jeff Hurlburt with numerous contributions by others.
My Ex bought a KIM in ... had to be 1976, 'cause that's the year we split. He played Hunt the Wumpus on it. I couldn't see the point of messing with those red LEDs at the time. Nancy Crawford, Csa2 post on 27 December, 1995 KIM (for "Keyboard Input Monitor") was a 6502 'development system' release in 1976 by MOS Technology. A single board with six 7-segment LED displays, it soon had a wide following of avid experimenters who wrote programs like Jim Butterfield's "Lunar Lander" and Stan Ockers's "Hunt the Wumpus" and published numerous articles in magazines like Byte and KiloBaud describing hardware add- ons. Another 6502 based board was SYM from Synertek Systems. It arrived two years after KIM near the end of the 'computer experimenter' era. SYM offered a speaker and more extensive interfacing capability, including support for a CRT display. KIM and, to a lesser extent, SYM, were the introductions to 6502 computing which would, in a few years, lead many to become Apple II users. -- Rubywand and Tim Aaronson Related FAQs Resources: R010APPLE1.GIF (gif picture file)