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 available.
The operating-system was called TIKO, and was compatible with CP/M 2.2. It was first called KP/M, but was renamed at the same time as the computer changed the name from Kontiki-100 to Tiki-100.
One could also install an optional Intel-8088 processor-board, adding an extra 256 KB ram to the main 64 KB. A 16-bit operating system called TIKOS was used together with the i8088 board, and managed both the i8088 and Z80 at the same time. TIKOS was developed from CP/M-86, and was compatible with it. MS-DOS 2.11 was also available.
The Tiki-100 had 3 (maybe more?) graphics modes, but no text-mode as it used
bitmapped graphics only.
A separate network hub was available that allowed up to 8 (not sure) computers to be connected in a star topology. One of the standard Tiki's serial ports was used for the network, in high speed mode. The server was a Tiki-100 that ran MP/M.
Several programs were developed for the Tiki-100. Most common were: BRUM (a simple wordprocessor), Tiki-Kalk (Spreadsheet), Tiki-BAS (Database),WordStar and SuperCalc and a little snake-type game called Pyton.
A simple terminal program was also imbedded in the OS, and made it possible to
connect to a BBS through a 300 or 1200 bps modem. A serial terminal could be
used to acces the Tiki-100 via one of the serial ports.
Program languages like: C, Fortran, Cobol, BASIC, Pascal was also available.
Thanks to Jon Andre Finnerud and Jorn E.Haugan for information and pictures.
My first experience with a programming language was when I was 7 years old and my grandfather had a TIKI at home because he was a supervisor at my school. I guess it must have been around 1992. He taught me tiki-kalk and some basic. I also practiced touch typing, played snake and some robot game. Good times.
Sunday 1st November 2015
John Inge Erlandsen (Norway)
I remember the first time I saw the Tiki-100 was at a computer fair in Sandefjord and people were amazed of the speed of the graphic which was demostrated by the ability of having several balls bumbing to the floor at the same time withour any lag :-)
Wednesday 28th May 2014
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Full -stroke QWERTY 92 keys with numeric keypad, arrows and function keys