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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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 (...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
CROMEMCO  C10
The C-10 is Cromemco's only attempt to step in the market of personal and family oriented computers. The goal was to compete with Apple II's and IBM PC's in small businesses as they started getting equipped with computer systems. This standard CP/M based system featured a 12'' screen housing a single motherboard, without extension capabilities (no S-100 bus), a keyboard and floppy drive. The CDOS operating system (a CP/M vari...
COMMODORE  VIC-1001
The VIC-1001 is the first of the VIC series of computers, which includes the tremendously successful VIC-20. The VIC-1001 was only sold in Japan. As such, it includes a special character ROM and keyboard that allow the user to enter Katakana characters. As often with Commodore, the origin of the "-1001" moniker is unclear. It might be a reference to another popular Commodore system, the PET-2001. When he introduced the VIC-100...
CANON  X-07
The Canon X07 was very popular. The RAM could be extended thanks to small cards (which looked like credit cards), although these cards were very expensive. ROM cards were also available for professional applications. The Canon X07 had a video interface and uses a cathodic screen. Thanks to this interface, the X07 could use a new text mode, 40 x 24, and a new graphic mode, 256 x 192, with 6 colours. It is unknown if the two displays could be used simultaneously. An infrared interface was ...
DRAGON DATA LTD  MSX-64
The Dragon MSX computer was announced in mid 85, one year after EuroHard S.A. bought the Dragon Data Company. It was made by Radofin, an Hong Kong company which also designed the Mattel Aquarius computers. It was a standard MSX-1 computer. Although Radofin delivered about 500 pieces, the MSX-64 never reached the dealer shelves because of Eurohard bankruptcy rumors. All of the MSX-64 production, as well as other Dragon prototypes were later given to Eurohard ...
MATRA MAX 20
The MAX-20 (for Matra AX-20) was the same machine as the Axel 20. The main difference between them was the removal of the function keys in front of the monitor. The 'E' version probably meant 'Education' Although the machine was well conceived and the case offered a nice design, it had no success in the private sector because of its poor compatibility with the IBM-PC standard. However, about 1000 systems were sold to the French Department of Education as netwo...
ACORN COMPUTER  Archimedes A3020
The Acorn Archimedes A3000 was replaced by the Acorn A3010 and A3020, two simililar but slightly different models, aimed at the home and educational markets. The A3020 was a lower-cost replacement for A3000 aimed at British classrooms. The case was slightly shorter at the back and an awkward to reach mouse port that was underneath the A3000 was moved to the back. The RISC OS 3 operating system and more curved Logitech-bui...
EPSON  PX 8 / HC-88 / Geneva
The PX-8 was the successor of the PX-4 and HX-20. The main improvement was a twice bigger flip-up LCD screen. It was sold with four cartridges which could be added to the base of the unit: a BASIC Programming Language, CardBox Plus, a diary for 400 names and addresss, Calc, a spreadsheet and WordStar the well known word processor. A double 5.25" floppy drive was available, and an Epson developed stan...
HITACHI  H1 / H1E
This small MSX-1 computer is quite original. It is very compact and was marketed has a handheld computer ! Thus, there is a handle which is pulled out from the front of the machine. There are two cartridge ports and the power unit could be attached or not to the back of the system (see picture). Apparently the H1 had built-in graphic and music software, hence the graphic tablet available (see hardware section). There was also a smaller version called H1E which had only 16 kb of RAM....
SHARP  PC-1403 (H)
As the PC-1401 family was rather successful, Sharp released an update three years later. The two new models were named PC-1403 and PC-1403H. The differences were not large, but very helpful. They had a better display, with 24 instead of 16 characters on the same display area, and lowercase letters could now be used. Thus, there was an additional SML key to switch between uppercase and lowercase entry mode. Moreover, matrix calculatio...
AMSTRAD  CPC 664
The Amstrad CPC 664 was sold for only one year. Successor to the Amstrad CPC 464, it was quickly replaced by the Amstrad CPC 6128. It was sold with a monochrome green or colour monitor and a built-in floppy disk drive. The floppy disk format was the Hitachi 3 inch, an uncommon format already used on the Tatung Einstein and the Oric Atmos. CPC 464, its p...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Satoshi Otsuka
5/1/2019
SEMI-TECH  Pied Piper
I used to work for the company as a design engineer after Pied Pier almost completed design phase. I enjoyed creating new designs especially graphics part using discrete components for next generation projects since no LSI solutions were available at the time. good old day.

Francis Remkiewicz
4/30/2019
AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS J100 - J500
In 1979 I worked for the IRS in Washington, DC. I convinced the IRS to sole source an AM Jacquard J500 for creating a time and attendance automated system for Headquarters, IRS. I worked with the AMfolks for over 18 months until completion. I was the first to transmit our DC data to the Data Center in Detroit over a 300 baud acoustic coupler.
That application, restructured many times is still in use by the IRS.
By the way, my 3 year old daughter learned to spell on Type-rite. Many a Saturday and Sunday she would accompany her dad to the office. Does anyone remember the heat issues with the J500? The heat in DC regardless of the A/C was a constant problem. I am glad to have been a tiny part of your history.

Cameron
4/26/2019
AMSTRAD  PPC 512 / 640
I still have one.In case with books and all cords.Except for the slew of D cell batteries one needs to have on hand if no plugs or 12v car holes are around it worked like a charm. And you can play some basic games on it.Reaaaaal basic.It is next to me right now. I like to take it to cyber cafes and plop it on a table just to see what people do and how they react.lol

Chris Appleton
4/16/2019
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
I''ve just acquired a Husky FC486, non-working. I''d love to get this functioning as I''d like to donate it to my local computer museum but (probably due to the military target market) there''s very little information on it.

It gets power, beeps three times if the digitiser is disconnected but not at all if it''s connected. The screen just shows some coloured lines and it goes no further. Anyone shed any light on where to find service manuals etc?

Pete
4/10/2019
DATAPOINT CORPORATION Datapoint 2200
Just an add-on to Gordon''s comment that he didn''t remember if the Datapoint 1100 came in a cassette only version. It did. I programmed on such a device in the 1975-1977 time frame, and it could do amazing things for its limited hardware specs (at least as compared to the 2200).

Michael Teggin
4/1/2019
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
If anyone has a old Husky from pre 1984 then I’d love to purchase one. Thanks to Alex for reminding everyone my job at 16 without qualifications and an education behind me! Did give me a great grounding with some great people I ‘seeved’ Didn’t do to bad taking over the whole of service and Operations and now mixing it with the directors and board of JLR! :)

Thanks to Husky Computers I got an education and a desire to progress in industry. Brilliant times and sadly missed in Coventry!

Skel
3/24/2019
APPLE  APPLE IIgs
The Apple IIgs was one of the biggest blunders Apple ever did! The Machine had an amazing graphics ability, fantastic sound system, the disk drives were whisper quiet and fast, the computer''s appearance on the desktop was pleasing, backward compatibility, and it''s operating system was the forerunner to the modern Mac one. A lot of care and time went into engineering this beast.

There was just one problem - the blunder was not the fault of the machine. NO, the problem was: Apple''s management was not interested in pushing it and preferred the Mac instead! BIG MISTAKE, if this had become the Mac, they would probably have millions and millions of more Mac users today! Such a waste!

I remember in my senior year in high school, the computer science department had brought in a whole room of these. The Apple IIgs was just better than the first few versions of the Mac at the time and we all preferred to use the IIgs than the Macs! I learned Pascal on the IIgs. I still have fond memories of this computer!


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
CHITAIKU
Gakken Compact Vision TV-Boy
Gakken - 1983
 game - helicopter - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up
MILKY PRINCESS (15)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1985
 game -
DOODLE
RCA Studio II
RCA - 1977
 application - paint program
BLOCK OUT (PA2056)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), California Dreams - 1991
 game - puzzle
FLIPPER PINBALL II / PINBALL II
Atari Video-Pinball (C380)
Atari - 1977
 game - pinball
DIRTY LARRY - RENEGADE COP (PA2077)
Atari Lynx
Atari - 1992
 game - beat 'em up - platform - police
H.E.R.O. (C-58)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Activision, Sega - 1985
 game - platform
MONSTER MANSION (#8)
Epoch Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1982
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 game - platform
WIPEOUT
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - car - racing
GRAN TRAK 20
Arcade
Atari - 1974
 game - car - racing - top-down view
3D MINE STORM
Vectrex
GCE - 1983
 game - 3d (real) - shoot them up - space - vector graphics
DRAG RACE
Arcade
Atari - 1977
 game - car - dragster - racing
BOWLING / MICRO MATCH (MG1004)
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics - 1978
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 game - bowling - memory game - mind games - sport
TIC-TAC-TOE / SHOOTING GALLERY / DOODLE / QUADRA-DOODLE (VIDEOCART-01)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1976
 game - mind games - noughts and crosses - paint program
ULTRA PONG
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis

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M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
Brochure #5

BAINBRIDGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, INC.
Dolphin

 
First advert - Feb.1...

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
French advert (april...

AMSTRAD
PC 1512

 
US advert #6 (1980)

ATARI
800

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

MATTEL ELECTRONICS
Aquarius

 
Promotional leaflet

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer 2

 
U.K. ad. (Apr. 87)

AMSTRAD
CPC 6128

 
US advert, Nov. 1985

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL 4

 
Japanese advert #1

TOSHIBA
HX-10

 
U.S. advert (1980)

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
UK advert (1984)

ORIC
ATMOS

 
French advert #2

ORIC
ATMOS

 
1978 brochure #1

MSI
6800

 
Nice ad (1983)

NEC
PC 6001

 
1978 brochure #12

MSI
6800

 
Quasar ad (1983)

PANASONIC
HHC

 
Australian Tandy cat...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Portable Wordprocessor WP-2 / WP-3

 
1978 brochure #15

MSI
6800

 
French ad (dec. 1983...

RAIR MICROCOMPUTER
Business Computer

 
Nascom 1 brochure

LUCAS
Nascom 1

 
U.K. advert (1990)

COMMODORE
AMIGA 1500

 
French ad

COMPAQ
Portable

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

COLUMBIA DATA PRODUCTS
MPC

 
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