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OLIVETTI  A5
Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
TRIUMPH ADLER  TA-1600
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PERTEC PCC 2000
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...
TERTA TAP-34
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...
MCM COMPUTERS  MCM 800
Based on the MCM 70 / 700 (see this entry for more info), the MCM 800 followed in 1976. It was faster, included 16 KB RAM (instead of 8 KB for the 700), and included the ability to drive an external monitor. Among other things, MCM 800s were used in one of the first french industrial network called Gixinet (along with ARCnet). This was a token-bus type network developped by the Gixi company....
IMLAC PDS-1
The Imlac PDS-1 is a graphical minicomputer made by Imlac Corporation (founded in 1968) of Needham, Massachusetts. The PDS-1 debuted in 1970 and is considered to be the predecessor of all later graphical minicomputers and modern computer workstations. The PDS-1 had a built-in display list processor and 4096 16-bit words of core RAM. The PDS-1 used a vector display processor for displaying vector graphics as opposed to the raster graphics of modern computer displays. The PDS-1 was often used with...
COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
Between 1984 (in the U.S.) and 1986 (in Germany), Commodore International celebrated the 1,000,000 machines sold mark in these respective countries by issuing special "Gold" editions of the Commodore C64. These machines were regular C64 models, except they were Golden-colored and fixed on a commemorative plate. The following information comes from Death Adder : Until December 1986, 1,000,000 Commodore 64s were sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH (...

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OSBORNE CORP.  Executive
The Executive is the successor of the Osborne 1, from which it keeps the good points and correct its flaws. More memory, bigger screen, more powerful software and... higher price. When closed, the Executive looks like a sewing machine! Once opened, the detachable keyboard is connected to the main unit through a quite short coiled cord. The keyboard can be tilted for a better typing. It has a separated numeric keypad and 4 cursor keys. The layout of these keys is not very convenient. There is ...
ACORN COMPUTER  Archimedes A3000
The Acorn Archimedes A3000 was based on the Archimedes A410 but in an 1040ST/Amiga A500-style wedge unit. Designed for the home market, it was intended as a replacement for the BBC Micro and like the earlier Archimedes models it was only really used in British schools up until very recently. Acorn started to phase out the Archimedes name and the machine was now simply badged Acorn A3000. Rumours have it that some of the Acorn A41...
COMMODORE  C64
The commodore 64 is, along with the Apple II and the Atari XL computers, the most famous home computer. According to the 2001 edition of Guinness book of records, the C64 was the most "prolific computing device ever manufactured". During its production run from 1982 to... 1993, about 30 million (!) units were sold. To put this number in perspective, that's more than all the Macintoshes in the world....
FRANKLIN  ACE 2000
The ACE 2000 series consisted of three computers the 2000, 2100, and the 2200. The 2000 had no disk drives, the 2100 had one disk drive, and the 2200 had two disk drives. All featured a detachable keyboard, the same 1.02 MHz 65SC02 processor, the usual scattering of expansion slots around the motherboard and the half-height case. Graphics modes and sound capabilities were in line with the Apple ][e. On the front panel, it had a row of ...
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
The Husky Hunter is a very special computer as it was designed to work in all environments (Aluminum alloy case). It is a rugged field computer. It has military characteristics : it is waterproof (against accidental immersion) and shock-proof, and its autonomy can exceeds 45 hours (the endurance time of 45 hours is only achieved with Alkaline batteries, with NiCd they only last about 16 hour). The british army was using some Husky-Hunters in 1983. It was also quite used by doctors and scient...
SMT  Goupil G4
The G4 computer represents the real entry of the S.M.T. Goupil company in the professional computers world. The time of the craft period with systems intended for a small circle of computers hobbyists and teachers is over. With the G4, the french manufacturer clearly affirms his will to quickly penetrate the companies and administrations market. The future will show that this new positioning will be successfull, partly thanks to the qualities of the G4 : modern and fast microprocessor, full c...
QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS QDP-300
The hardware features of the QDP-300 were very close to those of the QDP-100 model. Apart from the shape of the case, the major differences were: - An integrated help system, - A cache memory to speed up the disk drives operations, - A new motherboard design allowing the 6 Mhz. Z80-C microprocessor to be used. The QDP-300 was backed by one-year on-site warranty performed by the General Electric Company.
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DARLAY  DY 80
Very little is known about this system. Help largely welcomed ! It is of course a business oriented computer. It looks like it is an all-in-one system with the keyboard, the display and the motherboard built-in the same plastic case. Or maybe the keyboard is separated, it is not clear looking at the only picture we have so far. The double external 5.25'' disk-drive seems huge... An 8" disk unit (1 MB) and hard disk (5, 10 or 20 MB) were also available for this system....
MICRODIGITAL TK-3000
TK-3000 was the local version of Apple IIe manufactured in Brazil. There were two models: • The full size one, very similar to American Apples • A "Compact" one, which included following on-board devices: - Floppy disk controller, - Parallel and serial interfaces - A 256Kb memory module. Despite Microdigital efforts, TK-3000 lost the battle wih MSX models, mainly due to lack of software in Brazil. ________ Contributors: Roberto Isiri (info & pix)
ACT Apricot PC
After having imported the Victor Sirius for years in the UK, ACT produced its own computer largely inspired by the Sirius : the Apricot PC. It was supposed to be transportable as there is a handle on the main-unit ! If you really want to move your Apricot this way, the keyboard can be clipped to the main-unit. Several features made this computer quite technically innovative : • the Apricot PC was possibly the first computer outside Japan to use 3.5'' disk...

   RANDOM ADVERTS
French ad (dec.1983)

AI ELECTRONICS
ai-M16

 
Japanese Ad

SHARP
MZ 800 - MZ 1500

 
French advert (1984)

EXELVISION
EXL 100

 
Price list

XEROX
820-II

 
Jupiter brochure #1

JUPITER CANTAB
Jupiter Ace

 
U.S. ad. June 1983

OLIVETTI
M20

 
French advert (june ...

THOMSON
MO 5

 
Original article

GALAKSIJA
Galaksija

 
U.S. advert (1982)

AVT ELECTRONICS
Comp 2

 
US advert

SONY
SMC 70

 
US ad. 1983 #1

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
French advert

CASIO
PB-700

 
1977 advert #1

SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION
6800

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
UK advert (Apr. 1986...

RESEARCH MACHINES
Nimbus PC

 
U.K. advert (1990)

COMMODORE
AMIGA 1500

 
UK advert Sept. 1983

EPSON
QX 10

 
French advert.

TOSHIBA
HX-10

 
UK advert

CROMEMCO
System I / II / III

 
Promotional pict. #1

APF
Imagination Machine

 
M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
Stupid situation

SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
French brochure #3

ORIC
ORIC 1

 
Promo pic #3

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
digitalsd
9/20/2018
ELEKTRONSKA INDUSTRIJA NIS  PECOM 32
@CONSTANTINUS, well, Pecom has very nice CPU but regarding learning of machine code and developing hardware, Galaksija was unattainable :)

GOplayer
9/19/2018
IMSAI  8080
I was lucky enough to buy the IMSAI 8080C computer at a computer business that had an auction after the owner passed away for $14. ! It works great but I couldn''t bid on the two 8"floppy drives because the $14. was all I had! I begged the auctioneer afterwards for the drives as they didn''t sell, but he wouldn''t relent... My unit needs 3 switch covers(orange/blue) as I accidentally knocked them off... I have them somewhere. The computer is immaculate and works as if new,(love the robustness of older technology electronics). One big TO-3 voltage regulator(5V?) on the back wall on a aluminum 90 degree fin in front of the fan and two big capacitors(electrolytic) in the front in the voltage supply area on the right, walled off by aluminum shield from the S-100 bus slots on the left. The CPU is white w/gold cap. Such a joy to see it operate on the front panel as I load address and data registers(8 bit)using the switches in single step load/review mode. Then I flip then switch for Run and toggle the start switch and watch the digital light show as it computes, branches, adds and moves REAL Binary Data around before I hit the start/stop toggle switch or it reaches a halt in the program. I need to make a digital video of it in action someday. It is still a joy to operate, setup, run and observe the data in red Light Emitting Diodes(LEDs). This was one of the first times we could SEE our data bits and computing in action.

I was a programmer in the Air Force on 64-bit machines in the early 70''s... COBOL, PL/1, RPG, FORTRAN and assembly.

This machine is a museum piece that STILLl functions as it was designed. I had a few Timex Sinclair''s as well. Also great inexpensive machines for their day. Clive Sinclair was a mathmatician and it is reflected in the tight byte codes of his BASIC language computers for the masses. They are great as 8/16 bit scientific BASIC computers, not just for gaming, which is fun, and drove the computing industry to where it is today.

Steve Ingham 9-19-2018

Jason
9/18/2018
COMPAQ Portable
Hi does anyone have a schematic for the compaq portable III power supply

Marcus
9/17/2018
LAMBDA ELECTRONICS LTD PC 8300
My first contact with computers, My friend had one that we played around with. It was branded Lambda, i dont remember model nmbr.

Steve
9/13/2018
ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS ACS-8000
I programmed one of these using dBaseII in the early 80s. It used the MPM operating system and could have several Televideo dumb terminals attached. It had a 10MB hard drive. I still have it! I''m starting to try to figure out how to sell it.

Ariel
9/13/2018
TIMEX / SINCLAIR 2068
I was my firs computer on May 1984. Sold it in October 1986 for another computer (too 8 bits). Last year I came back to buy again the TS 2068. Today, I have three Timex Sinclair 2068 and the Printer TS-2040.

Jerri Kohl
9/8/2018
VECTOR GRAPHICS  Vector 3 (VIP)
I have read conflicting information about whether this model had any graphics modes (or even a redefinable character set). Can anyone clear this up? I''m sure Dennis Wingo could.

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