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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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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...
MSX  MSX 2+
After Microsoft left the MSX project in 1986, ASCII continued alone. They presented a new improvement of the MSX 2 standard in 1988. No great enhancements, the MSX 2+ has 19268 colors instead of 512, some more graphic / KANJI resolutions and the FM-PAC cartridge is included, providing 9 channels of FM sound without drums or 6 channels FM sound with 5 FM drums. MSX2+ computers were only produced by Panasonic, Sony and Sanyo (t...
SONY  Hit-Bit 10
Very basic MSX "1" computer. It is the entry-level system of the Sony MSX range. It has got all the minimum features specified by the MSX 1 specifications: 64 KB RAM, two cartridge slots, 70 keys, etc. It has no built-in software applications unlike its brother, the HB-11. It was sold with different colored cases. Red in Japan (only), and black for exportations systems. Like most Sony HB (Hit-Bit) systems, exported systems have a letter at the end of their n...
KONTRON  PSI 80
This computer was also known as the Kienzle CC-9010, sold by Kienzle Computer GmBh. (Germany). The PSI-80 can be used in a multi-user (up to 16 terminals) configuration through Kobus, a coaxial network developped by Kontron. Several models were launched (with 32kb, 64kb or 128kb RAM). Microsoft BASIC is given with the 64kb and 128kb models. This BASIC interprets the statements as they're typed, so lines with syntax errors couldn't be entered. The upper 64kb (on the 128kb model) are used ...
METROLOGIE  BFM 186
The BFM 186 is a CAD computer. The expansion slots are not compatible with the IBM PC's : they are 16 bit slots contrary to the PC's which are 8 bit. The graphic system of this computer is a bit ugly : it has two video processors, one of them handles a character plane and the other one handles three graphic planes. Each graphic plane has a resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels but only a part of these planes (960 x 625) can be displayed, moreover, each plan can be zoomed (from 1 to 16) and can scro...
NBI Hantu
All the information we have come from a copy of a 1975 brochure of an NBI Hantu (later renamed to the System II). It boasted an Intel 8008 processor up to 16K of RAM and two 8" 250K floppies. NBI was the first software based wordprocessing system on the market. At that time, the competition had to change firmware each time the program was changed. NBI officially stood for "Nothing But Intials", however the real origin of the name NBI was "Necton Bilinium Incorporated" a name chosen by ...
SYSTEM FORMULET INC.  BUBCOM 80
Almost nothing is known about this rare japanese system... Apparently its was first marketed as the System Formulet Bubcom 80, then bought back by Fujitsu and sold as the Fujitsu Bubcom 80. Originaly it was a CP/M machine which used Fujitsu magnetic bubble memory. It had filesystem support for the bubble memory cartridge right in the CP/M BIOS. It seems also to have been one of the first japanese system to offer 8 colors display and is considered at the origin of the popular
CAMPUTERS  LYNX
The Lynx 48 was a competitor of the Sinclair Spectrum and the Oric 1. It was a good machine but its main problem was a lack of software. Several models were available with 48 KB, 96 KB or 128 KB RAM, and it was possible to reach 192 KB with on-board RAM expansions! There is even a monitor in the Lynx's ROM which allowed the user to write and edit programs written in machine code. The 96 KB and 128 KB versions featured 4 KB of ...
ICL  OPD - One Per Desk
This strange mixture between telephone and computer is actually a Sinclair QL (slightly modified, of course). It is based on the QL motherboard, but with some improvements, namely, ruggedized (in other words, more reliable) Microdrives. ICL also added some software in ROM: diary, address and phone book, communication software and a terminal emulator. It has a built-in modem and a speech synthesizer. According to ICL, each executive should have this computer...
COLUMBIA DATA PRODUCTS VP
The Columbia VP was a Compaq Portable like IBM PC compatible. Besides, it was said that Compaq designed the electronic part of the VP. It was the last computer made by Columbia, the company which made the MPC, first true copy of the IBM-PC. Columbia built a very rugged but heavy case which supported a 9" monochrome monitor, larger than the Compaq. All other features were the same as the Compaq....

   RANDOM ADVERTS
French ad (dec.1983)

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
French advert (june ...

SONY
Hit-Bit 75

 
Japanese leaflet

SHARP
MZ 80C

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

PANASONIC
HHC

 
Scary...

THOMSON
TO 7

 
QL monitor ad.

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
1978 brochure #1

MSI
6800

 
U.K. ad (Apr. 86)

THORN EMI
WREN

 
Victor ad #2 (1982)

SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
Japanese ad #1

CASIO
PV-2000

 
German brochure #2

ATARI
STACY

 
U.S. advert (1982)

COMMODORE
C64

 
In schools #2

BULL
MICRAL 80/22

 
Japanese advert. #2

TOSHIBA
HX-10

 
UK brochure #1

COMMODORE
CBM 700 Series

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION
6800

 
U.S. advert (1980)

QUAY CORPORATION
500 Series

 
French advert (septe...

HEATHKIT / ZENITH
Z-100/110/120

 
UK advert

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Model A / B / B+

 
French advert (june ...

OLIVETTI
M10

 
US advert Apr. 1982

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL III

 
French advert (1981)

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
French advert (1979)

HEATHKIT
H8

 
Advert (july 1982)

SMT
Goupil 2

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
ZX User
9/23/2017
SINCLAIR  ZX SPECTRUM+
Hi nikigre,

on https://www.worldofspectrum.org/ you also get several programs that are able to play .tap or .tzx files.

There are also several apps for smartphones that can "play" .tap or .tzx.

Francis
9/22/2017
AMSTRAD  PCW 8256 / 8512
Hi, I am Francis. I have a collection of Amstrad 8512 disks which I would like to convert to PC floppies. Can anyone help? Preferably by someone in The Netherlands. Many thanks.

Bruce Felger
9/21/2017
SONY  Series 35 Model 10
what format does this machine use for it''s data files?

PHILIP J SCHWIRIAN
9/21/2017
DATAPOINT CORPORATION Datapoint 2200
I worked for Datapoint from 1976 to 1989 in Technical Support in San Antonio, TX starting at the woodcock building. I was hired as a senior Technical Support Engineer and was promoted to be the first and only Support Engineering Specialist (reported to Oscar Gordon a Director). I just ran into this site and decided to leave a comment. Previous to Datapoint I had worked on Main Frame computers. I remember being introduced to the Datapoint 2200 version 1 a the Permian Oil Basin Show in Odessa TX in 1975. I have supported and provided training on CTCs first product the Datapoint 3300 around 1970/1971 when I worked for a small company in Rockville MD call TST Communications. I had attended training on the 3300 in the old Kadak building in downtown San Antonio, TX which was my first introduction to San Antonio where I have resided for over 41 years. I spent almost 50 years in the IT field and am not retired! I remember my 13 years with Datapoint fondly!

Steve
9/19/2017
YAMAHA  C1
Does anyone want a Yamaha C1 music computer? It runs, crt display seems a little flaky. It''s been in storage for 20 years.

ZeroCool235
9/14/2017
ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS  Z-160 PC
I would love to have the Zenith, if you could just shoot me an email about shipping and handling that would be cool!

Bob Gregory
9/11/2017
ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS  Z-160 PC
Hi Everyone,

After 30 years of running my business I am retiring by the end of the year. For the first 8 years or so we were a ZDS dealer and I have seen them all. Z150m Z160, Z386, Z86, the whole offering.

The purpose of this post is that I have a Z160 in pristine running condition with a 20MB hard drive $ 5.25" FDD that I am willing to GIVE AWAY at no cost other than packaging $ shipping fees. I also have a Compaq Portable in the same shape. There are no strings, I just think it would be nice for Zenith people to get the Z160.

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