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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 (...

FM R 70 wasn't just an expensive IBM Compatible, but a very sophisticated machine at its time featuring some newly added features common to most modern computers today. In example: • It came stock with 584 KB Base Memory, and 2MB of Extended RAM Memory (in newly developed SIMMS). • It featured a newly developed Cirrus Logic CL-GD video subsystem, adapted by many proprietary manufacturers of the late 1980's early 1990's. • It featured an i386-DX processor, as well as an optional mathematics c...
This lovely transportable computer has a built-in thermal printer, 5'' monochrom display and 5''1/4 disk-drive. It will be followed by the AVC-777 J2 which has two 5''1/4 disk-drives built-in. There was also the AVC-666 which was a desktop version of the AVC-777....
NEC  PC 8201A
Sheduled to be released in the U.S. in 1983 summertime, the PC-8201 was expected to compete directly with Tandy Model 100. Both machines were very similar, but the NEC could expand its internal RAM memory from 16 KB to 64 KB (only 32 KB for the Model 100). The 8201's 32 KB ROM contained the operating system, Microsoft BASIC interpreter, a simple text-editing program and a telecommunication program. It could display the full 128 ASCII character set as well as Japanese Katakana characters and ...
GRID GridLite
The GridLite was less innovative than the earlier Grid versions and was comparable to many other laptops of the time. However, its 4.77 MHz clock rate clearly compromised its performance front of its main 7 MHz competitors, the Toshiba T-1100 Plus, and the Zenith Z-171. One of its strong points was a new blue/yellow supertwist LCD screen which offered superior contrast and could be viewed from 45 degrees off to the side. The second original feature cons...
Although the HP-9825 was presented by HP as a desktop calculator with some computer features, it was really a desktop computer, in fact the first all-in-one computer everyone could use without being a computers guru. This system was lauched quite at the same time as the first personal systems (Altair 8800, Imsai 8080), however, its concepts and features were much more advanced but its price was about ten times the one of an Imsa...
The Thomson MO5 NR is a special version of the MO5, developped especially for the educative network called NanoReseau, hence the "NR". The NanoRéseau was initially composed of several original MO5 systems with their NanoRéseau expansions (64 KB RAM + Network features). The MO5 NR includes the network expansion and much more. The system uses the same case as the MO5E, but the MO5 NR is maybe closer to the
ACT Apricot F2 / F10
Unlike the Apricot F1 which was a kind of bridge between the home-computing and the professional markets, the F2 and the F10 were clearly marketed as business machines. They were quite similar to the F1, but included an extra expansion slot, more memory and larger storage capacity : two disk-drives for the F2 and one disk-drive and a 10MB hard-disk for the F10. Like the F1, the F2 and F10 had an infra-red interface for the keyboard and the mouse/trackball ...
ACT QI-300
The QI-300 was the last machine that showed Apricot's unique design style before ACT was bought by Mitsubishi and moved into standard looking boxes. It also had several unique features, including a security system based on an infra-red 'key card' that users had to point at the PC and activate to allow it to boot up. This was also the first PC to offer IBM's MCA expansion bus. The QI-300 was followed by the Qi 600 (80386DX-25) and the Qi 900 (80486DX) __________ Thanks ...
The Hector MX is the successor of the Victor / Hector 2HR and Hector HRX. It has the same characteristics as the 2HR and the HRX. The 2HR uses Basic, the HRX uses Forth, the MX uses both as available programming languages ! Its 64 KB ROM contains BASIC 3X, HRX Forth, a version of Logo and a machine language editor/assembler. Several other languages were available on cartridge as well, but there are not true ROM cartridges. They p...
The computer has an integrated monitor and separated keyboard. It was used as main business computer in Slovenia and also in schools, standing next to Commodore C64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum series; and normally equipped with Turbo Pascal 3.x and Wordstar. Iskra Delta was one of the biggest producers of computer systems in former Yugoslavia. Their systems could be found in almost all large companies in Yugoslavia where they were ...

Dick Smith advert


UK brochure #2

CBM 700 Series

Software catalogue


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1979 advert


Advert (july 1982)

Goupil 2

First U.S. ad (1982)


French ad

Serie 5

1977 advert


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J100 - J500

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Prototype software

TO 7

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German advert


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First US ad.

TRS-80 Model 12

U.S. advert (1983)


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M 170

French advert


Victor ad #2 (1982)

Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

Tandy 1988 catalog

1000 SX

US advert, 1981

ACE 100


Noel Griffin
I developed My-Plan the 3D spreadsheet that ran on J100 and J500. Ah System II - happy memories, but not fond of DD01 error 8''s :) TypeRite was superb

Fernando Bautista
Perdón por no escribir en ingles pero yo poseo una computadora así mejor dicho solo cpu falta la pantalla, teclado y el ratón actualmente está acumulado polvo así que me interesaría venderla alguien sabe o me podría dar un precio aproximado de ¿cuanto podría valer?

Fernando Bautista
Perdón por no escribir en ingles pero yo poseo una computadora así mejor dicho solo cpu falta la pantalla, teclado y el ratón actualmente está acumulado polvo así que me interesaría venderla alguien sabe o me podría dar un precio aproximado de ¿cuanto podría valer?

Fernando Bautista
Perdón por no escribir en ingles pero yo poseo una computadora así mejor dicho solo cpu falta la pantalla, teclado y el ratón actualmente está acumulado polvo así que me interesaría venderla alguien sabe o me podría dar un precio aproximado de ¿cuanto podría valer?

Shane Bolton
I worked for Datapoint starting in the late ''70s and finishing in the late ''80s. Started out as a Field Engineer fixing the broken ones, ended up as Support Manager in Melbourne. During my time at Datapoint I spent 3 years in San Antonio in software support.

Worked with some great people: Vern Green, Tim Morrow, Harold (Skip) Peterson, Mary Keinarth, Billy Taylor, Ray Tokar, Charlie Colbert, Harry Pyle, Kay Hancock, Graham Patterson and a bunch others.

I will always remember my time at Datapoint very fondly. A time of great innovation, fun, hard work and great people. Fantastic combination.

Petar Whywar
I am an (very) old commodore c128 computer user. In my attic I found my old „ c128”. After looking over his main PC board I was surprised by one special part designed like: COMMODORE FAB P/N 825091-01 (or 325091?) which care 28 pin chip: JAPAN 8515, U1009SS0, HN 482764 G. Additionally information,$ that peace of board with chip is connected to the 24 pin, U18 place (normally, at that place should be ROM 64K 128 Char, part No 390059-01!? That part carry also a strange text etched into the copper of the board of C128 computer. That phrase sounds like: RIP: HERD/FISH/GUAY/PAR.
I will be appreciate if somebody give me a clue what that staff is.

AMSTRAD  PCW 8256 / 8512
I am a British computer collector living in Texas. I am trying to hunt down an Amstrad PCW expansion pack that gives the PCW a serial/parallel capability. Would love to hear from someone that is willing to sell one of these.

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