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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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ATARI  800
The Atari 400 and 800 were the first home computers to use custom coprocessors and the first to use "sprites" and special video interruptions like display lists; features that would be implemented later on the Commodore 64, then on the Commodore Amiga (Atari 400/800 and Amiga were both designed by Jay Miner). It offered high graphic resolution, lots of colors and great sound capabilities, more than...
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY CUBIC 99
This computer, also known as the Talking Computer, was fully compatible with the Apple II and the CP/M operating systems thanks to its dual processor motherboard (6502 and Z80). It was manufactured by the Creative Technology Cie. which will later become wide-world known for its Sound Blaster cards. Cubic 99 also had a vocal synthesizer which allowed the user to record and to reproduce words in English or Chinese language. Several commands of the BASIC lan...
INTEL Intellec Series
The Intellec Microcomputer Development Systems (MDS) were complete computers intended for the development of Intel microcomputer based products. They included a main unit with CPU, RAM, ROM, I/O and interrupt circuitry, as well as all necessary software: Assembler, linker, debugger. Optional EPROM programmer and In-Circuit Emulator (ICE) allowed real-time emulation and diagnostics into user configured system before saving final program into an EPROM. Intellec 4 and ...
COMMODORE  LCD
The following information comes from Death Adder : One of the rarest Commodore machines ever. Only very few units have been built with case, a few (more) without. As opposed to the widely held opinion, this computer is NOT called 'C64 laptop'. Commodore developed this 3 pounds laptop in 1984 and presented it to the public at the Consumer Eletronics Show in January 1985 (Winter CES). In contradiction to what you might think when y...
MITS  Altair 680
The Altair 680 appeared about one year after the successful Altair 8800 was launched. With this model, MITS attempted to offer a new system based on the well known Motorola 6800 processor and then cover a large market share in small computer business. The computer was available in kit or assembled form, It was smaller than the 8800 but kept the same design of front panel and switches. It featured 1 KB of RAM (4 times the 8800 RAM) and 1 KB of ROM with support f...
SHARP  PC-3201
The PC-3201 was an evolution of the PC-3101 model. It was aimed at the small business users. Like the 3101, it was a keyboard unit, but the monochrome monitor was a 12" 80 column version and the dual floppy disc drive unit could store 2 x 142 KB or 2 x 285 KB. Several standard interface cards (RS232, IEEE488, etc.) could be plugged into the main unit. The system offered 32 KB of RAM expandable to 64 KB, and 32 KB of ROM holding the Sharp specific BASIC int...
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  Challenger 1P
Ohio Scientific, based in Ohio, USA, were the makers of the Superboard II. The Challenger 1P and Challenger IIP-MF were essentially cased versions of this single board system with integrated keyboard, a single 5Volt power supply and the first 6502 version of Microsoft BASIC interpreter. An optional floppy disk controller and a extra 24K of ram for this unit was available using a 610 expansion board. The C1P-MF was an upgraded version of the C1P having 20 KB of RAM and one 90 ...
UNITRON (BRAZIL) Mac 512
This machine was the first Macintosh clone in the whole world. In Brazil it is almost unknown and there are people who doubt its existence, but it really did exist! This computer almost started a commercial war between Brazil and the United States. Apple persuaded the U.S. government to use everything it could against the Brazilian clone makers (increases in import taxes for brazilian products such as orange juice, shoes, etc.) until this machine was no longer made. Brazil had a tr...
OSBORNE CORP.  VIXEN
The VIXEN is bundled with CP/M 2.2, WordStar 3.3, Supercalc 2, MBASIC, a game called Desolation, Osboard Software (for drawing graphics), Media Master (to transfer data to MS DOS disks) and Turnkey to change some system features. The Osborne VIXEN was priced at $1298. An optional 10 MB hard disk could be added with an interface card (the hard disk was $1498, more than the computer !). Curtis A. Ingraham (who worked for Osborne) reports: The Osborne Vixen was i...
ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY (UK) WITCH
The picture shows a computer called the WITCH which stood for Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell. It was built at AERE Harwell in 1948 and was won by the then Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Technical College in a national competition in 1957. The photograph above was taken in 1961. The technology consisted of mixture of 1940's vintage telephone exchange technology (GPO 3000 type relays) and early nuclear instrumentation (Dekatron tubes). A Dekatron tube wa...

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AMSTRAD
CPC 664

 
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SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
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CONITEC
Prof80

 
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NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
French advert

ORIC
ATMOS

 
UK advert #2

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
Promotional picture

BULL
MICRAL 80/22

 
Promotional picture

TIMEX / SINCLAIR
2068

 
Brochure extract

CASIO
FX-9000P

 
Same with a man

OSBORNE CORP.
OSBORNE 1

 
Advert #2

HONEYWELL
DDP-516

 
Micro7 coverpage (se...

EXELVISION
EXL 100

 
Italian ad

COMMODORE
C64

 
U.S. advert

COMPAQ
Portable

 
U.S. advert (1979)

POLYMORPHIC
System 8813

 
U.K. price list

ACT
Apricot F1

 
Software catalogue

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
French advert (may 1...

CASIO
FX-702P

 
84's PARIS-DAKAR RAC...

KAYPRO
Kaypro 10

 
German advert

BIT CORPORATION
BIT 60

 
French ad. June 1983...

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-9816

 
NorthStar cards

NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
US advert

COMMODORE
SX/DX 64 - Executive computer

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Frédéric
12/12/2018
AMSTRAD  CPC 5512
If I remember correctly, the aim of the joke was to tell Amstrad not letting their users down and to push them making a better machine. The disclaimer about the article being a joke was (said to be) forgotten/lost in the final layout, and got published the week after as en erratum.

This satiric newspaper was mostly source-code oriented (typos included !) and the news part contained lots of provocations towards computer firms (along with random dark/absurd humor illustrations) which made them go to court quite often.
They also ran a weekly programming challenge ("Les deulignes" meaning the twolines) praising short theme-free programs (utility, joke, fun, tips) which respected the rule of being programmed in BASIC and were 2 lines long. Lines could contain several statements.

An example of joke-program featured that I remember :
10 cls : print "How to keep an idiot busy for hours ?" : print "Press any key to figure out..."
20 while inkey$$"" : wend : goto 10

Donald Woo
11/28/2018
PHILIPS  P3000
Worked with the founder (Steve Dorsey) in Montreal assembling Micom 2000 in 1978 (or 1979 ?) and transfer to Ottawa servicing Micom 2000 to P3000 and The Swift was a portable unit (like a laptop). Yes, we had Qume Printer, Tec Printer, Diablo printer and a laser printer. We also had OCR and 1200B communication modem talking to the outside world plus connected two (2) Micom together with a null modem cable. P5020 was a European version of the P3000 of the North American version, it brings back lots of old memory.

Yubert
11/27/2018
DATAPOINT CORPORATION Datapoint 2200
Nice to find this forum on Datapoint. Datapoint was my first job out of college. I worked in the Los Angeles office and was in the college newhire program. The newhire program lasted ~9 months, we spent 3 weeks in San Antonio for technical and sales training, then 3 months back in our field office. This 3 week/3 mth cycle repeated two more times. I supported customers like See''s Candies/Bluechip Stamps, Home Savings, Western Oil $ Gas and Korn Ferry. I joined Datapoint in 1982 and left after ~2 years. I recall there was a new language, DASL and a new OS called RMS, both were very advanced for the time. Datapoint sure was innovative with ARCnet, Lightlink, and all those mainframe emulators. Datapoint sure was fun and a great entry into the Computer Industry.

mabel Williams
11/9/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
ATM CARD
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11/5/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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