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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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MICRONIQUE  Victor / Hector 1
These models are identical to the original Victor Lambda and are thus compatible with it. But when Micronique bought back the Victor Lambda to Interact, they modified it : they changed the CPU (Intel 8080A -> Z80A) and re-designed entirely the mother board and the overall conception. But these 16k models experienced a lot of little changements which lead into a certain confusion about the Hector / Victor family. First the Victor logo changed, then the name w...
ACORN COMPUTER  BBC Master
The BBC Master was an enhanced version of the BBC Model B providing improved features, but sadly also introducing compatibility problems with earlier BBC systems. These features were: loads more memory such as shadow, sideways and private RAM, 4 sound channels, twin cartridge sockets, as well as several built-in ROM software packages like View (word processor), ViewSheet (spreadsheet), ADFS (Advanced Filing System), a text editor and termi...
SINCLAIR  ZX SPECTRUM+
In 1984, the Spectrum is already 2 years old and starts to look obsolete when compared to its competitors and the Commodore 64 in particular. That's why Sinclair launches a new-look version of the Spectrum : the Spectrum+ was born. In fact, it does not bring anything more apart from some cosmetic changes. Concerning the keyboard, the rubber keys are replaced with a better keyboard directly inspired by the keyboard of the QL, launched the same year. Though the keys are made of plastic this tim...
YENO DPC-64
This is a classic MSX 1 computer. It was also sold under the Daewoo brand. It's one of the few Korean MSX computers... It has 64kb RAM and 4 big blue cursor keys... Not much more to say !...
COMMODORE  SuperPet
The SuperPET SP9000, also known as Micro-Mainframe or MMF9000, was developed in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. It was primarily designed with universities and scientists in mind. Based on the CBM 8000 series design, The SuperPet has two processors, a standard MOS 6502 like all Pet systems, and a Motorola 6809. It could run all the original C-8000 software as well as modern 680...
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  LCM-1001
Almost no information about this 'computer' which was probably the first microprocessor trainer Texas Instruments produced. The system held two chips, a quad-Nand 74279 logic chip and a 4-bit SPB0400 processor which was the first processor made using the VLSI process technology. One programmed it through various switchs, results were displayed on LED diodes. Thanks to Steve Perry for information and pictures....
OSBORNE CORP.  OSBORNE 1
The Osborne 1 is one of the first portable computers but needs external power source. Its name comes from Adam Osborne, the man who made this computer a reality (not quite true, see end of the text). It has a very small built-in screen (8.75 x 6.6 cm, which can display 128 columns!!) and weighs more than 10 Kg. The first models couldn't display more than 52 columns by line, so to access to the 76 other columns, the user had to scroll among the screen thanks to the cursor keys. It works un...
QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS QDP-300
The hardware features of the QDP-300 were very close to those of the QDP-100 model. Apart from the shape of the case, the major differences were: - An integrated help system, - A cache memory to speed up the disk drives operations, - A new motherboard design allowing the 6 Mhz. Z80-C microprocessor to be used. The QDP-300 was backed by one-year on-site warranty performed by the General Electric Company.
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SHARP  MZ 2200
The MZ 2200 is basicaly a Sharp MZ 2000 with an optional built-in 3.5" floppy disk drive and no buil-in monitor....
TELENOVA  Compis
The Telenova Compis computer was designed to be used in swedish schools. It featured a 80186 cpu and used CP/M 86. The name "compis" would be a synthesis of the word Computer and the swedish word "kompis", meaning Buddy or mate. It was also a shorting for 'computer i skolan' (computer in school). The Compis was called Scandis in Norway. There was a small speaker in the keyboard. On the later models (Compis II) the network identity and other setup-data of the computer were also sto...

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U.S. advert (1980)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
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POLYMORPHIC
POLY 88

 
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TPC-8300

 
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HP-9816

 
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APPLE
APPLE IIe

 
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MSI
6800

 
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DATAMAN DESIGNS
Menta

 
French advert (1980)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
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THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
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TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

 
Advert (february 198...

SMT
Goupil 2

 
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Imagination Machine

 
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ALICE

 
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DIGITAL MICRO SYSTEMS
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SHARP
PC-1500 / PC-1500A

 
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APPLE
APPLE II

 
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ZX SPECTRUM

 
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APPLE
APPLE III

 
Motorola ad.

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MACINTOSH II

 
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   LATEST COMMENTS
Rusty
5/26/2016
HITACHI  S1
Craig - it probably had my hard disk interface card in it. We didn''t sell many. I reverse engineered the os/9 level 2 card that was needed for os/9. It did the ram memory mapping as well as extra ram. I probably have my sketches somewhere. The S1 was a stunning piece of hardware in its day - it was full of custom ics as compared with the mb6890 which was pretty well all standard ics.

Rusty
5/26/2016
HITACHI  MB-6890 / Basic Master Level 3
I designed a number of add-on cards for this computer in my teenage years - two floppy disk controllers, hard disk interface with networking, multifunction card with rtc, two ay-3-8910 psg chips and a spo256 speech chip along with two atari joystick ports and a z80 card to run cp/m. I still have those boards but not the computer. It was a very well made piece of hardware and very reliable - too expensive for me to buy at the time.

David Fisher
5/24/2016
ACT Apricot PC
Hi our company used apricot to run out factory manufacturing snooker balls, we still have loads of the 3.5" disks (Supercalc) and would love to access some of the infromation, does anyone know how to convert the disk to work on dos. I know it can be done as he have had it done before.

John Adams
5/23/2016
COMART Communicator
I worked in Byeshiop Manchester we sold these along side North Star Commodore Pet, Apple II, Sharp Mz80k vic20 and Cromemco.

I still have a Communicator with 10Mb hard drive, I think it will end up at Bletchley as they said $ it off.

I fell out with them somewhat after I set up sale to Kellogg''s to weight the frosties packets instead of them buying a harris mini, then when the guy came round to discuss the sale I was told to make the tea.

I said to the young lad who worked Saturdays that I thought I should set up on my own, he told the owner who sacked me.

He had previously given me my P45 when I had to visit hospital for something less than trivial.

I am not bitter as it was a really good grounding and I have had my own Computer company ever since.

He went on to manage Clive sinclairs z88 thing and Byteshop went on to be purchased by another company which still trades.

Steve
5/23/2016
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1



It really is teeming with scams on the internet, really not normal. In one week I lost 500usd for payments. I had inquiries made ??at Dandy Cash.com came just disappointed. I would recommend anyone to advertise on the site.I''ve only tried it a different website, and when I had finally found someone who was still honest (steve.mccclaren309@gmail.com) Because he asked me in advance, but doubted he could give evidence and so I took the risk anyway and I was able to borrow from him. 30000usd,please don''t email anybody said to be a loan lender in this website because they are all scams,they disappoint me and run away with my 500usd,Mr Steve Mcclaren is the only one i trust because he gave me the loan i needed,,please do not email anyone in this website because they are scams they pretend to be loan lenders they rip people of their hard earned money the USA Attorney General Of Police are searching for this guys in the internet right now so don''t email this guys please they will rip you off like they did to

Rob Guest
5/22/2016
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
I have a Husky Hunter 208K still in its original box with its manual. Not sure that it still works..... but willing to give it to a good home for the price of the postage.

Sergio
5/22/2016
ACT Apricot PC
Hello,

I''''m looking for the original Apricot mic for my act portable, if someone has one to sell please contact me.

cottony@virgilio.it

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