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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...
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....
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...
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...
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....
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 (...

The PECOM 64 seems to be the 64 KB version of the PECOM 32. About this computer, Darko Sola from Yougoslavia says: This is the same model as EI Pecom 32. EI comes from Electronic Industry. Those computers were built in demand from schools. We got this computer in our school to learn Basic (at that time ex-Yugoslav governement had 5 different computer projects). The programming language was Basic with no real graphic commands. Year...
MATSUSHITA  National JR 200
It is the successor of the JR 100. The JR-200 had good features compared to its japanese competitors : 8 colors, 2400 bauds tape speed and 3 voices synthesizer. But sadly there were no real graphic resolution, only a combination of semi-graphic characters. The Panasonic JR-200U is the same computer but aimed at the american and european market. Read its page for more information, and a complete history text....
The PCS 80 came with a lot of peripherals: line and character printers, CRT terminals, intelligent keyboards, ACR storage, 8" and 5.25" floppy disks and with several languages: TTY BASIC with OS, 4K, 8K and 12K BASIC, audio cassette BASIC with OS, & a scientifically oriented disk BASIC and level 2 Fortran IV compiler. Greg Bober stil have an extended working configuration including: • External 5.25" quad density 380Kb Micropolis floppy with BASIC, • Faster memory & "I" tempgrade CPU,...
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...
This early computer was to be used with a terminal for better control. A lots of expansion boards were available for this computer. Memory boards were available in 4K, 8K, and 16K (note: 4k memory board was 8k half populated.) The H8 was sold with software: Benton Harbor BASIC, the HASL-8 2 pass assembler, TED-8 Line oriented text editor and BUG-8 terminal console debugger.

Further information from John H. Swalby:

Very little information about this HX-52 which was probably an extended version of the HX-51, but we don't know the technical differences between the two versions. It was a standard MSX 1 machine which held a particular IC, also designed by Toshiba, and called T7937. Inside this unique chip one found a Z80 compatible CPU, a TMS-9918A Video Display Processor, and an AY-3-8910A sound generator. The HX-52 also offered three video outputs - RGB scart socke...
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
The Victor 9000 / Sirius S1 was conceived by Chuck Peddle who also designed the first Commodore PETs. This machine was quite innovative and superior in many points to the original IBM PC. It met a certain success in Europe as the IBM PC was not yet available there, whereas the Sirius S1 (european name of the Victor 9000) was. ACT sold a lot of these systems in UK, and their first "homemade" computer, the Apricot PC, borrowed a lot to the Sirius S1. The mechanical keyboard is very complete and...
SEIKO 9100
Nothing is known about this japanese professionnal system......
The FM-11 BS is a FM-11 EX without the 6809 cpu, only the 8088 remains. This was considered as an heresy by FM-11 fans. The FM-11 EX was already an hybrid machine introducing an 8088 CPU along the 6809 microprocessor caracterizing the FM-11 series. Thus removing the 6809 from the FM-11 architecture was indeed an additional step forward IBM PC compatibility which was not to fans liking. Thanks to its 8088 CPU, the FM-11 BS can run CP/M and CP/M 86 and MS-DOS o...
Gemini was the company that rose from the ashes of the demise of Nascom (at the same time that Lucas bought the Nascom name). The computer was thus designed by the people who initially set up Nascom. In fact, it tooke advantage of some of the later ideas floated around the Nascom 2. Although it was available as a series of single boards and plug-in modules for the 'kit' enthusiasts, it was mainly sold as a complete unit with typewriter style keyboard and dual fl...

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IF 800

F.D. unit advert

BBC Model A / B / B+

French advert #4


German leaflet #4

MZ 800 - MZ 1500

French ad (dec. 1983...

Lemon II

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1978 brochure #7


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Advert (february 198...

Goupil 2

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Goupil 2

U.S. advert (1979)


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Microkit 09

Orange+ US ad. (1983...

Orange 2

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Interaction newslett...

Home Computer System

Argentinian advert


Bit Shopper


U.S. ad #2 (1982)


US advert #2 (1979)



Rene Wissmann
SHARP  PC-7000
Hi, my dad owned the Sharp 7100 and i assume like the 7100 the 7000 does not have a internal Batterie (except for BIOS)
It only had a big 3 Pin Powersupply.

I learned programming on that the 7100- loved it.
The internal display only was capable displaying Letters (i think it was 25 Lines and 80 Columns letters)
the 7100 had an external Monitorport (I think it must be the 15 Pin that is often called vga-port but i don''t know if it was VGA or CGA or something)
Only the external display was able to display graphics (i had to switch to another graphicmode to enable the external display and then i could draw sprites into the videoram).
With the square on the right you can change the angle of the display to come out a bit and there was a weel at the top of this square to change the contrast.

i can confirm the 7100 has a 20mb harddisk and one 5 1/4 floppy drive.

some years ago i heared my father has thrown it away :''( (even if it was still working and had absolute no damages or scratches)

Jim Bennett
The company developed a mass storage device which allowed a number of Q1 computers to network together

I can remember the amusement of the French when we exhibited in Paris apparently Q1 has a different meaning in french

Luigi Verri
HP9836 was my first touch in the 80''s with non-mainframe or mini- computing. I arrived from UNIVAC 1108 and from Digital VAX780, and 9836 was a sort of paradise to program!
We did teletraffic modeling and simualtion on that system,and on the big brother 9020, all with the fantastic HP-Basic language...
good old time

Ken Macumber
The Programma 101 was the first computer I ever used. I was in summer school in 1968 (junior high) and I wrote a program to calculate the area of a truncated triangular pyramid (I was a math geek). It got me addicted to computers!

Ken Macumber
I used a Durango in South Africa in 1981,2 and 3. We used it for word processing. The company, Grinaker Projects, had a number of these systems. We wrote a cool construction bar chart scheduler program that would print out bar charts based on fields that contained start and stop dates, task, and sub-contractor. I could printout individual sheets per sub-contractor and I would distribute task lists to each sub on a weekly basis. It was pretty leading edge stuff for the time and it was very efficient.

Denis Wicking
Just found the complete collection - laptop, printer, disk base, manuals, bag when clearing out my dad''s gear. I will see if it works soon

pc macdonald
Iused the 9816/216, and the 9836 to program custom applications in HPBASIC for my customers who purchased HP vibration measurement products. That language was designed from the ground up to control instruments over the HPIB/GPIB interface that HP invented, and also over other interfaces. The big drawback of this language (which can run as a Windows application nowadays) is the lack of support for STRUCTURES, which can make programming a large, multi channeled system a real pain in the neck. I later ran HP VISTA,HP SINE, and SDRC software on the Series 300 systems under HPUX to make multi channel input/output vibration measurements on the HP3565S hardware. We are talking about testing satelites or aircraft with four to six input shakers, and hundreds of simultaneous acceleration response channels.

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