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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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COMMODORE  C64 Aldi
Externally, the C=64 Aldi had same case colour as a standard C=64 but the keyboard was light grey, like the future C=64G and C=64C. Internally, the motherboard was redesigned to minimize production costs, most of the TTL chips were removed, replaced with a new MMU chipset. First releases of this board had some compatibility problems with C=64 peripherals - they lacked the 9V user port voltage, ...
FRANKLIN  ACE 1000
The Franklin ACE 1000 was launched in 1983. It was the successor of the ACE 100, released in 1981. The ACE 1000 had 48 KB RAM and allowed for a 16 KB Language card. It also supported lower-case letters, had a numeric keypad, and a larger case. From the factory, the Ace-1000 did not support colours but there was a colour chip that could be added by the dealer for $50 (this dealer add-on was an attempt to protect themselves legally against lawsuits from Apple)...
SONY  Hit-Bit 20
The Hit-Bit 20 is a very basic MSX "1" computer. It looks very similar to the Hit-Bit 10. If someone could tell us the difference that would be nice. It seems to have been sold only in Spain... The Hit-Bit 20P model has a spanish keyboard, which is strange, as if we follow the Sony naming logic, the Spanish model would have been called Hit-Bit 20S, and not Hit-Bit 20P which was reserved for PAL models which didn't need a special...
CASIO  MX-10 / MX-101
This MSX system has only 16 KB and one cartridge slot, nearly the minimum required by the MSX standard. It is quite similar to the Casio PV-7, but doubles the RAM, which is the minimum if you want to run a minimum of MSX software. Hopefully an expansion unit (KB-10) was available and added two catridge slots and more memory to the MX-10. There are big arrow keys on the right hand side of the keyboard arranged in circle. The whole pad is called "Joypad 1" an...
IASIS ia-7301
The IASIS ia-7301, also called 'Computer in a Book' is a training computer, based on the Intel 8080 microprocessor. It was delivered with a 250 pages programming course (contained in a 3-ring binder), but without any power supply. User had to buy it as an option ! Basic version offered 1 Kb of ROM holding the monitor, 1 Kb of RAM and two I/O ports. Programs were saved through a standard tape recorder. An optional expander board allowed to add standard cards (S100 bus ?) to increase memory siz...
ATT Unix PC
The AT&T UnixPC was AT&T's attempt to get into the business computer market of the mid-1980s. There were two flavors of this machine: the 7300, and the 3B1. Basically the circuitry is identical in both machines however the 3B1 allowed more room for hard-drive storage, as shown with the ominous bulge underneath the screen. (not shown in model above). The windowing manager was absolutely wonderful keeping the UNIX system well hidden, however, you could naturally open a shell and i...
MBC  ALCYANE A6E
The Alcyane had a very powerful basic for files managing called Alcybase. It could use a specific version of APL. It was possible to network 2 to 4 computers together. The manufacturer was MATRA DATASYSTEM (until 1986) These computers where mainly sold with 10 MB removable 12" hard disks from CII Honneywell Bull. A multi-user system was also released, called A10. Jean Pierre Bouhot was one of the founders of MBC. The C letter came from COTTIN who went into partnership with Bouhot. ...
RESEARCH MACHINES RM-380Z
Research Machines is based in Oxford, England and the RM-380Z was their first model. It was designed specifically for the education market and the vast majority of its users were in this area. The computer was based around the Z80A processor. It had a clever physical bus made of ribbon cable with IDC crimp on connectors obviating the problems of poor connections associated with edge connectors. The basic system was composed of a 4 KB main unit, a typewriter style separate keyboard and a mo...
TIMEX / SINCLAIR 1000
This is the US version of the Sinclair ZX-81 marketed by Timex. The main difference is that the TS 1000 has 2 KB RAM instead of the 1 KB RAM of the original ZX-81. See the ZX-81 pages for more info......
NATIONAL CF-2000
A classic MSX 1 computer with original cursor keys and 2 cartridge slots....

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APPLE IIe

 
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ALICE

 
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OLIVETTI
M10

 
U.K. ad (Mar. 86)

AMSTRAD
PCW 8256 / 8512

 
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ZX 80

 
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MITS
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PB-100

 
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FS A1F

 
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QX 10

 
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   LATEST COMMENTS
Bill March
3/5/2015
ONTEL OP-1
I was the Credit Manager at Ontel In my position I met with all the customers such as LATIN DATA ,AEG TELEFUNKEN , SACO,etc .I also remember BRIAN STEPHENS,JOHN EMMERICK,DOM BONNAMO,DAVE HANLON,and manny more nice persons. I was one a few that were transfered to Tewsbury MA when VISUAL took over .The day i arrived in MA. they were talking of going bankrupt .I stayed a year and watched the company be destroyed..

mat
3/3/2015
UNISYS Icon
Is there any way I can find this game or even pictures of this game
It was the offshore fishing fame on the unysis icon computer. I havent seen this game since I was a kid

Metalic29@hotmail.com

Marc
3/1/2015
ACORN COMPUTER  BBC Master Compact
As many Australians know, these machines plus the original beebs were prolific in Australian public and private (mainly Catholic) primary and high schools.

And thus I have a confession to make. I helped load hundreds of these and the beebs into skips for recycling (destination unknown) in about 1994-5 as schools transitioned to Macs or X86 clones.

At that time I had gone from C6 to Amiga and then to a 386 and didn''t see to keep one of these around (even though I was kinda fond of them having used them as a student myself). All that I kept was an Archimedes, which were briefly adopted in some places.

Sorry, aficionados!

Andreas
2/28/2015
SHARP  PC-1500 / PC-1500A
Hello Debby, as far as I know resetting is done by pressing the "All reset" on the bottom with something long and thin like a pen.

Thijs
2/27/2015
SIGNETICS Instructor 50
I have a complete instructor 50 including manuals.
Didn''t use it for ages but it should be working.
For anyone who is interested.

Phil Sketchley
2/26/2015
AMSTRAD  PCW 8256 / 8512
I HAVE A PCW 8512 WITH DISCS AND PRINTER STILL IN ORGINAL PACKAGE. IF ANYONE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT ME ON P.SKETCHLEY@BTINTERNET.COM

Julißn
2/26/2015
COMMODORE  C64C
C64C was my first step into the computer world. I was 12 (too old for a newbie nowadays) when my father and I went to the shop to buy it. Programming in Basic, playing games with friends, reading related books to learn something else... all was great with the Commodore64C!!

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