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- There are now 992 computers in the museum -

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 (...

In August 1978, first units of the "Advanced Basic Computer for the 1980s", in short ABC-80 left the Swedish Luxor factory. A few months earlier, Luxor contracted with two other companies, Scandia Metric and Data Industrier AB (DIAB), to build the first totally Swedish computer. Scandia Metrics which had previous experience of computer based products designed the main board, DIAB manufactured the chips, while Luxor, one of the biggest TV set manufacturers, built the monitor, case and keyboar...
The RAIR Business Computer is an obscure system since nearly nothing can be found on the net about it (apart from here :-)) The Business Computer is a multipost system. It can control/serve up to 4 attached terminal stations via RS422 connectors. Its main particularity is to mix two technologies: 8-bit with its Intel 8085 CPU and 16-bit with its Intel 8088 CPU. Thus it can run CP/M, MP/M and PC-DOS software with no problem (according to the advert). For mass storage, the system is equip...
MICRONIQUE  Victor / Hector 2HR / 2HR +
The 2HR (HR for High Resolution) is the successor of the Victor / Hector 16k models, but this time is conception is entirely french. The machine has been completely redesigned and this new model is then more powerful. This is in fact a completely new machine with more memory and high-resolution. It is still compatible with the 16k models in a "model 1" mode choosen at the start-up menu....
The AS-100 is a 16-bit professional computer based on the Intel 8088 CPU. It has 128 KB RAM, built-in speaker, optional 8087 math co-processor and real time clock. The whole system (monitor + disks + keyboard) weights more than 30 Kg! The AS-100 is not a real IBM compatible system. It can use MS-DOS as its Operating System but that's all. The computer can display 25 lines of 80 columns, or 640 x 400 pixels, with 8 colours from a total of 27. The character matrix consists of 9 x 7 pixels. The...
This computer is still based on the PDP-8 architecture but is less "opened" than the DECmate II. Indeed DEC realised that the PDP-8 based products were rarely expanded to their full potential. Thus, they conceived the DECmate III wich offers less expansion possibilities but which was also cheaper. As the last incarnation of the PDP-8 technology, the DECmate III use a single chip containing all the PDP-8 hardware ! Only one pair of 5''1/4 disk-drives (RX50) is supported and it is not possible...
This Polish computer was first introduced in fall 1983. As pretty much every sophisticated piece of hardware from the Eastern Block, it was copied from a western computer. The ROM is based on the TRS-80 model II, so the Meritum can be considered as a TRS-80 clone. It was mainly used in schools and is considered as the precursor of the polish computing industry as it was the first computer to be produced in Poland. In fact the Meritum is not entirely Polish ...
The 99/8 was intended as an upmarket companion to the TI 99/4A . Something like a small business computer. However, at TI they didn't think it would generate any income, so it was never released. It has built-in features which were optional in the 4A : The speech synthesiser and the Pascal UCSD ROM card. It is a prototype computer and was never marketed. _______________________ Very interesting information from CC Clarke
The Horizon was a S-100 bus based system. It was the first floppy-disc based system hobbyists could buy. In a case with a choice of wood or blue metal cover, the basic version included a 4 Mhz. Z80 microprocessor, 16 KB of RAM, a 90 KB 5''1/4 floppy drive with a controller card, a serial terminal interface and 12 S-100 slots. It was sold with the North Star Disc Operating System and a Basic interpreter allowing random and sequential disk files. The Horizon-2 version offered a second floppy-disc ...
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....
LUXOR  ABC 800 Series
This computer is the successor of the Luxor ABC 80 There were several successors to the ABC800, most notably the ABC802 with built-in small 9" monitor and the ABC806 with more memory and more advanced 512x240x16 graphics. The ABC 800 series was also sold by Facit under the DTC (DeskTop Computer) name, in a darker enclosure.

Anonymous contribution: The Luxor I...

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J100 - J500

NLS advert

Kaypro II

Swedish advert


French advert

8 / 16

Japanese Ad

MZ 800 - MZ 1500

French advert (dec. ...


French advert (1979)

Proteus III

French advert (1979)


Promotional picture

VIC 20

french advert (nov. ...


Japan advert.


UK advert (1986)

PC 1512

Bit Shopper


DAK advert (US, 1986...

Visual 1083 / Commuter

First advert - Nov.1...

PC - Model 5150

Japanese advert #3


French advert.

SV 318

German leaflet #1


Advert #5

VIC 20

Same with a man


U.S. advert (1976)


Japanese advert.

Tutor / Pyuuta

Stupid picture


M5 Pro & M5 Jr Japan...

M 5


About these countries, a small correction:
1. Floppy disk drives were Hungarian (very high fault rate) and later German. Theoretically they could be Bulgarian, as Bulgaria manufactured FDDs and disks these times. Eastern German 5.25" FDDs were mostly quite nicely working clones of Japanese Teacs.
2. Keyboard and case is Polish, as well as some chips made by Unitra CEMI and rarely TOMI. Keyboard is reed switch-based.
3. Many Meritum units have K565RU* memory chips, Soviet, not Bulgarian (has Bulgaria made memory chips these times?). 64K units may have Japanese/western chips as it was easier to get through bureaucracy and buy expensive western parts than to buy dense RAM from SU and slash yourself performing quality control again (Soviet export-grade chips had terrible quality control). Generally in silicon, chips in computers from Eastern block are East German (Z80-land VLSI chips), Polish (TTLs, rarely SRAM) or Soviet (all kinds), in some cases western/Japanese. Rarely Romanian (CMOS).

Hi, I''m still looking for an M-20 to buy. If I can''t find one I do have many old books
and some old software on floppy for an M-20

wait you know i am amigaman ,and are jealous wish it where someone else.So you lie about everything. TS!!! . you guys bs dont know the real date you gust screw up here now you say 1990 for the cdtv ..wait wiki and the others say 1991 ..dav even says 1990 .wrong idiots is 1986 really aga was out in 1990 Mass Brothers sold cdtv in 1988.Look it up if you dare -all version where out by commodore in 1987., Oh I have a screen grab of all you morons making fooltards of yourselves.

Svend Saustrup
I sold quite a few of those at the time from my shop/workshop in Aarhus.
A brilliant machine that came with all documentation - even schematics for
all the boards in the machine. (I guess I still have the manuals somewhere).
We used to convert them to be used for entry to professional phototypesetters.
The MFB model was equipped with all the types of floppy drives and a program
to analyse and setup all diskette formats. Genious !!

Simon Anthony
Does anyone remember my software ? Did anyone actually use it? I once worked for ECS which branded my products. Does anyone remember my articles in Acorn User and Archimedes World ? - and Archive for that matter ?

I''m told my NewSaver prog was used in schools in Wales, UK not NS.

I''m just wondering...

I have a Durango F85 incl. some discs and would like to sell it. Anybody interested?

Best regards

SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
I worked for Victor (Sirius) from 1982 to 1984. I miss those days.
Was the best job I had (other than being a mom) and have some good memories. I wanted to buy one of the computers but even with discount I couldn''t afford.

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