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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 (...

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MSX 1 computer with 64 KB RAM, two cartridge slots and wordprocessor software built-in. The FS-4000 was sold as a wordprocessor system based on the MSX technology. It has a 24 dots thermal printer built-in the case. It was available in black or white case. It is equiped with MSX JE-1, Kanji 1, and chinese characters ROM......
The model 3 is generally regarded as the successor to the Model 1. Its two 5.25" floppy disk drives could convert model 1 disks. Initially Radio Shack wanted to sell both the model 1 and 3 at the same time, but the FCC forced them to stop selling model 1. Is so they were discontinued because of the excessive radio noise that they put out. However, the Model 3 wasn't FULLY compatible with the model 1. There were differences in ROM which meant some program...
PHILIPS  VG 8000 / 8010
In 1982-83, Philips was working with Thomson on an European computer standard. As the project didn't make any progress, Philips left the project and joined the MSX standard. The VG 8000, made in France, is the result. It is a very poor MSX computer and is not 100% compliant with the standard : no Centronics port, no Expansion bus, no Audio out, a poor keyboard and a non standard PAL connector. It was pretty expensive and didn't have any success. It was quiclky ...
MITS  Altair 8800b
The Altair 8800b - second and last of the 8800 series - was an improved version of the 8800 model of which it corrected some drawbacks. Externally, the case had a more professional design, with a smarter back-lit front panel including modified toggle switches and five new functions allowing to read/write/Modify CPU accumulator. Internally, motherboard could support up to 18 S-100 connectors. It was powered by a stronger power supply unit (8V - 18 amp.). The...
SANCO  7000
The Sanco 7000 was sold with the Microsoft Basic interpreter (V.4.45) and KBasic, a special basic which allowed advanced data management. Notice that the sanco 7000 has a 1 KB ram used for cache disk. More than 5000 Sanco 7000 were delivered, mainly in France....
The VIC-20 – a "family" version of the PET series (using the same microprocessor and Basic language) – was the first computer to sell more than one million units. Once dubbed the MicroPET during the 1980 Computer Electronics Show, it later became known as the VIC-20. VIC referenced the VIC-I (Video Interface Chip) chip used for graphics and sound. There does not seem to be any obvious rationale behind the usage of the number 20, other than the fa...
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...
The Seequa Chameleon was one of the first luggable computer that contained both a Z80 and an 8088 processor. So it was capable of running either CP/M or early MS-DOS operating system, hence its name. Basic version featured 128 KB of RAM while the "Chameleon Plus" version had 256 KB on board. Built-in 9" cathodic monochrom screen could be replaced by an external color monitor to use the 16-color text mode.The machine was also available with an internal hard disk. Seequa also manufactured tw...
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 ...

French advert (july ...

LASER 200 / 210

German leaflet #1

MZ 800 - MZ 1500

Jacquard systems

J100 - J500

Apple temptation...

ACE 1000

1977 Advert

SOL - 10 / 20

1977 advert

8001 / 8051

TEI brochure cover

Terminal Processor

QL catalogue #3

QL (Quantum Leap)

French advert.

Victor / Hector 2HR / 2HR +

Ohio brochure


French advert (1980)

Victor Lambda

German advert (1983)


Promotional leaflet

M23 Mark III

U.S. ad #2 (1982)


UK advert

1000 HX

First US ad.

TRS-80 Model 12

German advert #3


French advert


New Zealand advert

Altair 8800b

Advert (february 198...

Goupil 2

French ad (oct. 83)

MPF-1 Plus

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Japan advert.


First ad (Sept. 87)



Jim Schwartz
This, too, was my first computer. I remember building it from a kit. I learned to program in BASIC using this computer. I have since made programming my career, all self-taught.

We bought one of these in kit form, where we had to build it ourself.

Dave Smith
HI, I was a technician back then and worked for OSI. I repaired many of these units. I am interested in purchasing some of the older units C1P, C2P, etc.

Lucio Libertini
COMPAQ Portable II
I''ve been trying to use the "send more information" form to correct the info I supplied ages ago (and that I forgot about entirely until I came across this page again and read my name), but it doesn''t seem to work, so I''m adding this post instead.

Ignore what I wrote about the versions of MS-DOS supported by the computer. I think I messed up while making the disk images, or possibly used bad disks$ the computer does indeed boot and run MS-DOS 6.22. Mine has it currently installed on the hard drive. Takes up quite some HD space, but it runs speedily. It''s possible to use drivespace compression, but when doing so everything involving disk access slows down to a crawl (the 286-8 is not a fast CPU), so I just dealt with it.

I managed to find a compatible 40MB Quantum hard disk (a ProDrive, I think - I don''t have it around now so I can''t check), but it''s a voice coil unit, and I like the stock stepper-motor drive''s delicious retro nature and sounds, so I kept that in.

Dave Colglazier
To previous posters, I have scanned the Forth manual and it''s available but I have no information on the Math package that I assume is the floating point mentioned here. I did install and test the entry points using the 5 and N keys so I think it''s the proper one. I have made EPROMs from these for those who want them...please see previous post for contact information about these or any other AIM parts you are needing.
Tuesday 28th October 2008
Harry Dodgson (USA)

Just found this page - to use the Forth Math ROM, just use "N" and it will load the words into the dictionary. VLIST will show them. I don''''t have any documenation, but looking most of the routines can be determined from the names.

Saturday 11th November 2006
Juan Jerez (Spain)

I own an AIM-64 with the Forth ROM''s includding the floating point extenxions. Does anybody have the manual for the floating point ext. or know how to use the floating point words ?

Dave Colglazier
The voltage needed to run the main board is 5VDC. The 24 VDC is needed for the printer to function only. The 12VDC rails are not needed to run the main board but are used when running TTY or RS232 interfaces when desired.
I still buy and repair these computers for resale. My eBay user name is orgwood. I also have some spare parts/printers. I provide documentation to owners who contact me if I have it available especially for odd add-ons from the Computerist, Seawell, and MTU. If you have documentation, please don''t discard it but contact me as I scan it and post it on my page or send it on to others who host sites that store this sort of thing. I''m particularly in need of any hardware related to keyboards like the keycaps $ switches, but I have many Display PC boards for those missing theirs.

Mike Perzel
I joined IBM right out of the Navy in 1957 and trained on the SAGE computer in Kingston NY. Our team installed the system at McCord AFB in Tacoma, WA. I recall during installation, the air-conditioning system was being tested and I do believe room temperature was around 50 degrees, and this was in the summer. In fact, I received several cash awards for changes to the 026 card punch manual. installati

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