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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 (...

The Sharp MZ 700 series replaced the aging MZ 80 (MZ 80K, MZ 80A and MZ 80B) series. Moreover, the MZ 700 was compatible with the MZ 80K and MZ 80A. The MZ 700 series is composed of four machines: the first three models were launched in 1983 (November 1982 in Japan) and the last one was launched in late 1985 (in fact, this one is the "ancestor" of the MZ 800): - the MZ 711 was the "nak...
CZERWENY Spectrum Plus
In 1986, Czerweny relaunched a new version of the CZ-2000. Internal hardware was the same as its predecessor, but the case was alike the one of the genuine Spectrum+ ROM messages are in Spanish, and inside is a Sinclair Spectrum motherboard issue 6. Computer could be delivered with Spanish or English keyboard. Like every CZ computers, all the parts, except chips, were designed and made in Argentina, in the Czerweny Paraná ...
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.

Further information from John H. Swalby:

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...
The Serie 5 was a multi-user system. It could support from 1 to 3 users. It had a 5 MB Winchester hard-drive and could be upgraded with a 10 MB hard-drive (for the Serie 5D only). It could use CP/M, MP/M II or Oasis as its operating system. The serie 5 was quite similar to the Altos ACS-8000 which was a bit more powerful....
ISOT EC-1035
Very little information about this Bulgarian mainframe used by big East European companies as an industrial or information management system. It was partially compatible with IBM mainframe and could also share programs and data with the russian Minsk-32. It could run in multiprogram mode thanks to its virtual memory. The ISOT brand name means 'State Economic Alliance' Thanks to Bojidar Stefanov for information and picture....
Also called the PMC 101, this PMC MicroMate is a small CP/M computer that "extends" a dumb terminal into a full blown computer. The case is the size of a full height floppy drive, and contains a half height 5 1/4" floppy drive as well as the Z80 computer itself. The system also has stickers on it indicating it was either sold by or OEM'ed by Trios Micro Systems. It comes with 2 CP/M v3.0 boot disks: one for 9600 baud and one for 300 baud. Communications to the terminal is software selectable ...
Thanks to Michael Hoyle for this information: The HeadStart had two models. HeadStart VPU and HeadStart ATS. The VPU was an impressive machine. It was a portable or a desktop machine. Notice the picture has a smaller keyboard that snapped on the front bezel and a handle on the back. No customers ordered the portable version. The VPU had a Z-80 and an 8086 and could support up to 1MB RAM. Inside the computer consisted of three circuit boards. Two (over the top of ...
TIKI-DATA Tiki-100
The Tiki-100 was a Norwegian educational, professional, homecomputer system that was quite popular in schools. Acutally they first used the name Kontiki-data, and named the first few models Kontiki-100, but had to change the name to Tiki after the Thor Heyerdahl Society, wich owned the rights to the Kontiki name, threatened with a lawsuit. Five models were available, featuring one or two 80 KB, 200 KB or 800 KB 5'' floppy disc drives. An optional 20MB Winchester harddrive was also a...
SCIENCE FAIR Microcomputer Trainer
Peter Crunden-White, the proud owner of this Microcomputer Trainer, sent us some photos along with the following note: In about 1986, I purchased a Science Fair Microcomputer Trainer (MCT) from my local branch of Tandy (in Cheshire, UK). The machine was sold by Tandy shops, it was one of their 'wire-it-yourself' project kits and ran on 6 penlight batteries. I recall that my older brother wired it up for me, but we never really had much success with it, although we en...

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J. Gareth Williams
And I just fell victim to the same quirk as my mentor. The engine presumably strips out the word d r o p, to prevent against embedded S Q L attacks.

J. Gareth Williams
For anyone not in the know - the Brian Reffin Smith who posted below on Feb 10th, 2015, is the author of an absolutely fantastic children''s book on programming in BASIC. I''ve been trying to get in touch with him for years. So if you read this, Brian, visit my site and $ me a line. I wanted to thank you for bootstrapping me my career. :)

Ooops, the MCM 70/700 weighed about 20 lbs. Still quite portable in my backpack. See the Wikipedia article.

The writeup is incorrect to say "The Q1 System remained the world''s only self-contained, general purpose microcomputer system until Intel introduced the 8080 second generation microprocessor. " Since the MCM 70/700 was introduced in 1974 using the 8008, with a plasma display and dual cassette tape drives. The MCM was far more portable, weighing only 4lbs. I may have been the first person to hitchhike with a microcomputer, in the summer of 1974....

tOM Trottier
I programmed these in APL in the summer of 1974, mainly converting mainframe functions $ workspaces to the MCM/700 environment. I still have some stock certificates....

SHARP  MZ 2000
i can offer this PC - 200 USD.

David Barradine
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
I used to repair these machines in the 80''s, happiest days of my life, we used to charge £300 a time to replace the floppy drives, I used to get 10$ bonus on repairs then, I had just got married and bought our first house I made so much money I paid the mortgage off within 5 years, drove around in firms Ford Capri''s which were replaced every two years. Still working in IT but hate the job now, how i wish i could go back to those days.

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