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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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TELEVIDEO  Personal Mini PM/4T
The Mini PM/4T was the multi-user version of the Televideo PC compatible. A video terminal was used for interfacing directly to the system. The InfoShare Operating System can run many multi-user programs or execute most single-user MS-DOS programs. The PM/4T can be linked to up to four computers (PCs or Televideo's PM Workstation [a terminal]). It was sold for $6000, and a 16-user version was available at $9000. A $99 card was required to connect each PC to the system.
DATA TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES Associate
The Associate system was no more or less than a typical integrated CP/M based system. Built for a professionnal use, it offered an anti glare screen, a robust keyboard and either dual floppy disk or hard disk configurations. To distinguish itself from multiple competitors offering the same hardware configurations, D.T. Industry proposed a full software package called Solutions, for free. It included the CP/M operating system, Spellbinder word processor, Microplan SpreadSheet and an acc...
POLYCORP Poly 1 Educational Computer
The Poly was a home/educational computer platform developed in New Zealand in the early 1980s. It was marketed to schools, but because it was prohibitively expensive and somewhat idiosyncratic, the main customers seem to have been the Australian Army and somebody in China. Perhaps its most remarkable feature was its ability for networking, which seems to have used a protocol all of its own. For a year or two it may have been the most network capable home computer in the world, before 3Com tho...
SORD  M343
First information from Jules Allen: I worked for the British Sord importer in the early 80's and we had a couple of these beasts. They were the first high-end professional grade computer I had seen, they were aimed at financial applications. ...
I.S.T.C. (INFORMATIC SYSTÈMES TÉLÉCOM) 5000
Little is known about this system. Help welcomed ! I.S.T.C. (Informatic Systèmes TéléCom) was a french company which was selling imported computers from USA, like the Apple II or the Compucolor. So it wouldn't be surprising if the ISTC 5000 was also an imported system. But which one ? We have not found the answer yet... It is a big system with a built-in 10'' amber display (80 x 25 characters) and one or two integrated 5.25''...
SMH - ALCATEL ALPHA Plus
This big computer was a wordprocessor system and had everything built-in: monitor, disk-drives and printer. The printer, mounted on top of the case, could print 30 characters per second. The wordprocessor software enabled to define tabulations, paragraphs and left/right margins. All kind of editing functions were available : delete, insert and replace characters, words, lines or paragraphs. Underlining, automatic central adjustment, tables with horizontal and vertical lines were also possi...
NEC  PC 8801
The NEC PC 8801 was the successor of PC 8001. It offered fine colour graphics. It had an optional MS-Dos board. It was one of the fist, if not the first color CPM computer. It ran in three bootable modes: CPM, MS-Dos, and N88-Basic. The N-Basic would natively boot on the system without disk, just like the PC 8001. It also had a software / hardware switch to turn it into PC 8001 mode. ...
COMMODORE  PET / CBM 40xx
These computers are new versions of the PET series. The main improvement was the new ROM version (v4.0) which offered new possibilities such as direct disk operation commands (DLOAD, DSAVE, COPY, HEADER, etc.) or the ability to repeat cursor control characters by holding down keys. Late models also had a larger screen (12'') than the 2001 computers. The disk drives were "Intelligent", which means that they were CPU driven (MOS 6502) and had internal RAM (4 KB) & ROM (16KB, which contained the...
PRAVETZ IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82
In 1979, the Bulgarian Techical Cybernetics Institute took up with the idea of creating a small microprocessor based system. In 1980 the first three Bulgarian microcomputers were produced. Their creators called the machine IMKO-1 for Individualen Micro KOmputer. In 1981 a series of few tenths machines was released. First users were enthusiastic about the versality and ease of use of the IMKO. Furthermore, the price wasn't very high. Mass production started in 1982. Firs...
CZERWENY CZ-1000
TADEO CZERWENY "CZ" is a an electromechanical company, which was founded by Tadeo Czerweny in September 1958. It is located in Parana, Entre Rios province, in Argentina. The company made transformers, electric motors, etc. In the 80´s Czerweny marketed the Timex Sinclair´s models, under its own name. The CZ-1000 is thus a rebadged Timex Sinclair 1000, which is itself a Sinclair ZX-81 with 2 KB RAM. In Argentina Czerweny mod...

   RANDOM ADVERTS
IIe version

MICRODIGITAL
TK-3000

 
Advert #2

PRAVETZ
IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82

 
1977 advert

COMPUCOLOR CORPORATION
8001 / 8051

 
french advert (febru...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Aborted advert

IMSAI
8048

 
1978 brochure #4

MSI
6800

 
8086 version

SEATTLE COMPUTER
Gazelle

 
German brochure #1

ATARI
TT 030

 
Mail order

THOMSON
TO 7

 
US advert March 1982

APPLE
APPLE III

 
U.S. advert #2 (1979...

OHIO SCIENTIFIC
CHALLENGER 4P

 
Official flyer (vers...

MYARC
Geneve 9640

 
US advert, April 198...

APPLE
APPLE II+

 
French advert (1980)

MICRONIQUE
Victor Lambda

 
French advert

SORD
IS 11

 
QL catalogue #4

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
Spectrum+ French ad.

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
French advert (1984)

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-150

 
French ad

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Serie 5

 
Promotional leaflet

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
French advert

AI ELECTRONICS
ABC 26

 
M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
Promo pic #2

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
French advert.

HANIMEX
PENCIL II

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Mike Dalgleish
7/24/2017
RCA Cosmac Microtutor
I''m interested in finding a microtutor. If you have one please $ me a line on md @ md46 . com

Neeko
7/24/2017
MATSUSHITA  National JR 200
Column in Impress Akiba PC Hotline
http://akiba-pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/column/retrohard/1069058.html

James Bell
7/23/2017
XEROX  8 / 16
Worked for Balcones Computer Corporation with Robert Burns (the MicroManiac) and brother Jay Bell.
Balcones Consulted for Xerox and took the Xerox 820 from I to Xerox 820-II. If you look through the BIOS code documentation you''ll see references to Balcones. Balcones drove adding the expansion connector and developed the 16/8 CPU card for Xerox. The expansion chassis used a WD1002 controller to interface the external floppy and hard disk (same type of controller used in the Kaypro 10)...both Kaypro and Xerox 820 were derived from the "Big Board". Our first prototypes of the 16/8 CPU card was created using a "multiwire" connection method, but production versions were multilayer printed circuit boards. I still have at least one of the multiwire prototypes. Jay Bell always said that the weak link in the 8086 card design was the use of many PAL chips whose timing did not always meet spec and thus created an instability sometimes.
Balcones also sold their Accounting System (The Boss System) which was sold by Xerox and Rank Xerox worldwide. A lawsuit relating to Xerox royalties for various projects ended up taking Balcones down. Many of Balcones employees transitioned to PC''s Ltd (later called Dell) where Jay Bell and Robert Burns designed the first 286 system for PC''s Ltd which was Michael Dell''s first in house Computer design.

James Bell
7/23/2017
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
I worked for Balcones Computer Corp. in the late 70''s and early 80''s working with the dynamic duo: Robert Burns and Jay Bell. Together they consulted for numerous companies on CP/M and BIOS micro code and utilities software. We had upgraded a Q1 from the standard 48K to 64K of memory and configured a CP/M setup for the Q1. It''s possible the BIOS code was updated as well. I did not work personally on the system but it was in the same lab I worked in (called "The Shack"). I vaguely recall the customer was from Portugal.

Tom
7/23/2017
SHARP  MZ 700
Hi
As a young child we had a mz700 at home, today i enjoy loading the roms on my computer and see the difference between what i remember and how it is in reality :)

Can anyone help, i remember a game that you needed to manage or control a newspaper company
I might be wrong here, I don''t think we really understand what it really was but that''s the best i can tell.

I remember it was mostly text and white display.

Does someone know what i am talking about ? or something similar to that

Thank you
Tom

Phil Cantor
7/23/2017
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS-80 Model 100 / 102
I used one of these during my junior year of college in 1984. I was doing an internship at NIH in Washington DC and used this to write papers and communicate with my friends back in Iowa... racking up big phone bills using the modem to tie into the mainframe. My roommate created a huge poster of an orca using ASCII which he then printed using a dot matrix printer in his lab. It was a lot of fun... my first laptop.

michael nurney
7/22/2017
COMMODORE  Amiga 600
The Amiga laptop comment is incorrect, there was no amiga laptop after the 8 bit laptop was canned, none was ever considered. The A600 was the bastard son of the cancelled A300 that Commodore Uk requested and agreed on. The German commodore group however insisted on a hard drive and thus a big increase in cost. When the 600 was finally ready - none of Commodores divisions ordered it - no one wanted it. It was supposed to be a cheaper A500 (A300) and upgradable with plug in hard drive, ram etc up to the A500 spec

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