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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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OHIO SCIENTIFIC  Superboard II
The Superboard II, also called Model 600, was quite the same board as the british clone Compukit UK-101. It came in only ready built version and did not featured neither power regulation on board - User had to build or buy a 5V external power supply - nor RF modulator to display on a standard TV, but only a composite video output. A 40 pin IC socket allowed an expansion board and OSI bus to be connected, giving access to memory expansion (up to 64 KB...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS-80 Model 12
The Tandy TRS-80 Model 12 was a business system intended to replace the Model II which was widely used as an accounting and management system by numerous small companies. Unlike Model II, it was a single board system with a white case instead of the typical dark grey one of previous TRS-80 models. It could be expanded by adding an optional card cage in which six expansion cards could be inserted, for example the monochrome high resolution card. However it was ...
SHARP  X68000 Pro II
The X68000 Pro is the successor of the X68000 Pro. It uses a new version of the OS : Human 2.01. The Sharp X68000 Pro II had a co-processor based on the Intel clone from AMD Banchu Bronta 6. The system used a character matrix of 16 X 24 dots which was a lot back then. Its FM Sound chip can produce 3 voices on 8 octaves mono and 4 bit microphone stereo sound (the Yamaha 2000 version). ________ Contributors: Dominique Braam...
OKI  A 10
The OKI A10 series was comprised of Intel based computers holding either 80286 or 80386 CPU (model 10/30/50/60) or an 80486 (model 70). They ran MS-DOS and specific Office Automation software. All models supported TCP/IP and 10Base2 networks. They could be used as servers or work stations for the Oki A100 series of computers and network servers....
UNITRON (GERMANY) 2200
This is a German clone of the Apple IIe. The keyboard of the UNITRON 2200 has built in macros, Applesoft commands and DOS commands. Very handy when doing basic programming. The only drawback is that the macro-key is the same key that changes from uppercase to lowercase and is also used when performing a reset. This results in constantly changing to lowercase when not wanting to. There are also two keys to make your own macros for the numeric keys. The drive ...
ACCESS COMPUTER  ACCESS Computer
The Access Computer had a 9.5" built-in screen (amber) and a built-in 80 CPS Dot Matrix Printer. It also had a built-in modem and came with a full range of software : CP/M, CBasic, Communication software, Perfect Writer, Speller, Filer and Calc. The name of the machine was shortly changed to Actrix (Access Matrix) because of copyright issues.
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From Tom Creviston: I so...

CODIMEX 6809
The Codimex 6809 is a brasilian clone of the Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer. After the success of another brazilian Coco clone, the Prologica CP-400, several brasilian companies tried to release their own compatible system. The Codimex 6809 is one of them. It has nothing quite special and doesn't seem to innovate at all... Anyone has more info about this system ? Source :
SEGA SC 3000 / SC 3000H
The SC-3000 is a computer based on the hardware of the first videogame systems released by Sega in Japan : the SG-1000 series. It can use the same game cartridges marketed for these consoles. The SC3000 can't be used without a ROM cartridge, which can be either a game or language. There were three different BASIC cartridges. One came with only 1Kb of RAM (and you had only 512 bytes free !), the second with 16Kb and the last with 32Kb. In official adverts, they show a total RAM of 48Kb. This w...
HEATHKIT  H8
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.
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Further information from John H. Swalby:

R2E  Micral 8030 series
Even though we know almost nothing about this Micral series, it was probably one of the first of the Micral 80xx series to be designed by R2E. Its hardware design was the same as the first Micral models, a bus card mounted along with several daughter boards. In the following models, i.e. the 8020 series, R2E had used a single board with expansion slots. The Micral 8030 and 8031 belonged to the same family. At least 4 versions of 8031 were launched, f...

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Popular Electronics

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
Magazine cover

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
ú99 in January 1982

COMPUKIT
UK-101

 
Sord Brochure #2

SORD
M-100ACE

 
French advert (1982)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL III

 
homo-computerus

HOLBORN
9100

 
M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
US advert (1985?)

LAMBDA ELECTRONICS LTD
PC 8300

 
Heath catalog

HEATHKIT
EC-1

 
ú149 in June 1981

COMPUKIT
UK-101

 
French advert.

SYMAG INFORMATIQUE
Micromachine 2000 et 3000

 
French advert #1

TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

 
French ad (dec. 1983...

RAIR MICROCOMPUTER
Business Computer

 
US advert, Jul 1985

AMPERE
WS 1

 
U.K. ad. (Aug. 1986)

SHARP
PC-7000

 
US ad. 1983 #2

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

DATA SOFT
VDP 80

 
french advert (nov. ...

LEANORD
Silex

 
1978 brochure #8

MSI
6800

 
US advert, Feb 1982

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
UK advert, Oct 1983

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
Japanese advert

SONY
SMC 777 - 777C

 
1980 advert & price ...

RCA
Cosmac VIP

 
Promotional picture

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 

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8/22/2017
AXEL  AX-20
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8/21/2017
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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8/20/2017
SCIENCE FAIR Microcomputer Trainer
The first year this appeared in any Radio Shack catalog was 1985. It shows "New for ''85" in its description.

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1985/hr155.html

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
INTERSYSTEMS DPS-1
In my post below, I didn''t finish a sentence.

The company I worked for sold Ithaca Intersystems computers with the usual trusty Televideo terminals, with the monochrome monitors.

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
INTERSYSTEMS DPS-1
Interesting that the guy who started the company added a comment!

In about 1980 or so I went to work for a small computer sales and service company in Oklahoma as the Service Manager. We sold Ithaca Intersystems computers to small businesses and court reporters$ most of our customers had two 8-inch floppy drives and ran C/PM (I think?). Some had Z-80A processors, and later the CPU cards had Z-80B CPUs which could utilize more RAM. Software was the Peachtree accounting software and Wordstar. To copy a file or create a directory, you had to use a program called "PIP" (Peripheral Interface Protocol or something like that), I seem to remember, instead of just a cp command. I had this fabulous system with the front lights and switches. The ones our customers got were plain looking. Wish I could remember more about the models. I can still see the S-100 bus, and those cards sitting into it, though.

There were the usual Televideo monochrome monitor

Besides the Intersystems sales and support, my assistant and I maintained all the ScanData cash register systems for Hardee''s restaurants in the state. Oh, that could be a nightmare.

Those big old 8-inch floppy drives with the Intersystems had to be realigned and serviced every few months, or the stepper motor and head would be unable to read previously formatted floppies! That was a pain in the rear, taking a loaner drive to a customer, making sure it could read their disks, then dragging their drive housing back to the company to use an oscilloscope and special alignment disk to tune it up. It was a mess if their disks couldn''t be read, but none of my customers ever lost their data. I remember how exciting it was when we got the first Winchester (I think) hard drive. Wish I could remember its capacity!

The company I worked for also sold Diablo daisy wheel printers, the 620 and 630 models, to go with the Intersystems computer. Those things were workhorses! The court reporters printed so much stuff on the Disaperf perforated continuous paper that they pounded the heck out of those 630s and they just kept on printing. I think I soldered hundreds of RS-232 connectors, making printer cables for those printers. Pin 2 was transmit, I think, pin 3 was receive, and pin 7 (or 20?) was ground. In those days, purchased computer cables were too expensive, and/or didn''t work with your system, so you had to make a custom one, anyway.

One of the people at Intersystems told me that Carl Sagan used an Ithaca Intersystems computer and Wordstar to write Cosmos.

Later our company went broke due to mismanagement by the CEO and Sales Manager, and I bought one of the systems and ran my own word processing business for awhile, and also serviced the computers for the previous customers for a few years on the side, til they got new IBM PCs. Wish I had kept that computer, the first one I owned.

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A
In September, 1979, I went to work at Texas Instruments in Lubbock, Texas, where the TI-99/4 and 99/4A was mostly manufactured. I was an electronic technician and did soldering and wire-wrap on prototypes in development, mostly software cartridges and add-on devices, as well as worked in testing, repair, burn-in (each new system was left on for several days, I think it was, then re-tested). And I helped train people on the assembly line. I did the wire-wrap prototype version of the speech synthesizer module$ a female engineer designed it$her name escapes me at the moment. .That speech synthesizer was a big deal for its time. She and I were the only two women in that module (and most of the rest of TI) who weren''t assembly line workers

Even though I worked on those computers, I could not afford to buy one for myself! Lordy, they were about $1,700 with all the extras such as the cassette tape drive, if I remember correctly, a fortune back then. But I did have a system at work to use! Much different than programming in FORTRAN on a mainframe!

In those days, another "module" or modular building at TI actually repaired people''s broken calculators and mailed them back to the user. Imagine that.

TI had these automated mail robots that followed a special painted line on the floor, in and out of modules and up and down the big hallway. We used to put stuff in front of them to see what would stop them and what wouldn''t. For 1979, it all was very futuristic to me.

Later, I moved to the Front End module to make more money, where I ran a boron/phosphorus ion implant machine, one of the several hundred processes in creating semiconductor chips. The implant machines were these huge particle accelerators that were the crankiest machines I ever worked with. The chips have multiple layers, and these machines placed a positive or negative charge on the unmasked areas of a chip''s layer. We made the first 256k memory chips there! Then I went back to college after I made enough money, and left TI and Lubbock, which were both good to me.

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8/17/2017
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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