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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 (...

MEMOTECH  MTX 500 /512
The Memotech company started manufacturing expansion cards and high quality memory modules for the Sinclair ZX 81 home computer. The British Memotech MTX 512 has a hardware which looks like the Sord M5. It also has characteristics, which are close to the MSX standard, but is not MSX compatible. It uses a dedicated chip for video (Texas Instruments TM 9918 or 9928) and sound (Texas Instruments ...
Like the Spectrum Plus, the CZ-Spectrum replaced the CZ-2000. It also was Sinclair Spectrum fully compatible but featured several enhancements: Ľ A Reset button, Ľ Two Sinclair compatible joystick connectors Ľ A video composite output in addition to the TV/RF modulator. The machine seems to be built under Sinclair licence as it used same Ferranti ULA chip than genuine Sinclair Spectrum. Th...
The motherboard accommodates up to four memory boards, each with 16 K 16 bit words of programmable memory, four IO cards, and an optional front panel card. A parallel IO card includes two 16-bit input and two output ports as well as EPROM sockets for IO device handler sofware. System software includes 8K macroassembler, linker and relocate loader, an editor and a debugger. The M16 provides a 8K PACE BASIC which features IO and memory access, wait for input or timer. And, last but not le...
SHARP  X68000 Pro
The X68000 Pro is the successor of the X68000 Ace and Ace HD. It uses a new version of the OS : Human 2.0 and a new Graphic User Interface (SX Windows instead of VS). It has 3 expansion slots instead of two....
The FH-2000 was the successor of the Panasonic HHC. Like its predecessor, it was a portable machine intended to run professional custom applications. The computer was solidly built, featuring an IBM/PC-like keyboard and an 8-line LCD display located into the cover. The basic software was comprised of an 8086 BIOS and a BASIC interpreter close to the Microsoft/GW-Basic, stored in one of the four ROM sockets. These sockets provided up to 512 KB of memory area...
The Macintosh Plus was the first real improvement on the Macintosh 128 (The Macintosh 512 was only a Mac 128 with 512 KB RAM). It had a lot of new features: the extended ROM held the new version of Mac OS, enhanced graphics libraries, drivers for hard-disk and external floppy-disk units, a SCSI bus, AppleTalk networking and the new file manager: HFS (Hierarchical File System). The new floppy-disk unit could use double-sided 800 KB disks (only one-sided 400...
In 1985, despite of the severe limitations of the political system, the Romanian computer company ICE-Felix, located in Bucharest, started to design and produce Sinclair Spectrum compatible computers. The company was founded in 1970 and became the main computer equipments manufacturer in Romania. Several mini and microcomputers were developed, based initially on the French C.I.I. company licence. The HC-85 was the first manufactured model. It was primarily intended for the Romanian school...
This one was very similar to the 6128 except that the disk drive is a 5 1/4" one !! No more cursed 3" disks that were so hard to find in 85 because nobody else was using them. The keyboard was exactly the same as the 6128. But if you look at the connections you can see MIDI plugs and a RS232 connector ! Alan Sugar tries to implement some real standards at last... Clearly, Amstrad wanted to prepare for the 16/32 bit battle, declared with the soon-to-be-launched Atari 520ST, but with an old Z8...
This is one more MSX 1 computer with standard MSX features and two cartridge ports. The ML-F48 had 32 KB of RAM, the ML-F80 had 64 KB....
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...

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Just stumbled across this site. I was one of hardware/firmware designers for this product. I may still have some manuals for the system, if there is any interest in me scanning them.

I designed the DRAM system (48K), the dot-matrix printer microcontroller hardware/ firmware, the RS232 terminal interface.

Also involved in a CPM conversion project that we never brought to market. Still know many of the team (Mike Varanka, Gary Cook, Roland Guilmet, Dennis Chasse, Dave. As well as the next generation (8088/86 based) system which we prototyped and didn''t make to market.

OS was called AMOS (Athena Multitasking Operating System) and used a bus based system that when each board was installed automatically provided relevant driver for the OS. No external software needed.

Interesting side note: Met Bill Gates of Microsoft, when we contracted Microsoft for Assembler, Basic, and Fortran software packages for the system.

Gabriel Graša
EPCOM / SHARP Hotbit HB-8000
There''s a TV commercial ($7PeCWm_trY8) from december 1985 which shows the Hotbit being sold for Cr$3,900,00.00 (yes, nearly 4 million cruzeiros). That would have meant about US$400 as the exchange rate was Cr$10,000.00 that month (things were very dinamic then!). In 2015 dollars, that''s US$877.77.

Frank michelson
Frank you are the worst sports analyst ever and should quit.

Great to see so many posts for the Wren. I would love to see any schematics or service information for this great little computer.

Frank Isola
I hate old computers, wwatch me at 5:00 on around the horn! I am an awful sports analyst but I hate old computers! Bye yoo Nerdz!
I''m Franklin Isola and I approve this message.

Dave Malby
I purchased the Hyperion that was 1 year old in 1985 from Anderson Jacobson in Santa Clara, CA. I used it for tax preparation for businesses. I was one of the first Registered California Tax Practitioners that prepared taxes using a portable computer and filed taxes electronically. I believe I used the first edition of Turbotax that was introduced by Mike Chipman which I conversed with on the phone when I ran into problems. The computer only gave me grief if I forgot to save the file on the 2nd floppy or when someone tripped on the power cord.

COMPAQ Portable II
I just bought a Compaq Portable II with 286 CPU, which has a fixed hard drive (20MB), which is temperamental because it''s not being recognized at bootup. In about 1990, I had borrowed a Compaq Portable (from work) with two 5.25" floppy drives but no fixed hard drive. I used this to write assembly programs. Now (5/17/2015), I can used this Compaq Portable II to read and run files from my old diskettes, which contains some of my work. I need a new hard disk for the Compaq Portable II.

It will run on MS-DOS versions 6.20, IBM-DOS 3.30, Compaq-DOS 3.31, but not MS-DOS 5.0, 3.2, or 3.30. It''s a little strange that certain flavors of MS-DOS will not work, yet IBM and Compaq flavors do.

I have the IBM Diagnostics for IBM Personal Computer AT diskette (version 2.03). And it''s readable on the Compaq Portable II.

I also need the MS-DOS 6.2 disks to install on my new hard disk.

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