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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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BASIS  BASIS 108
This professional computer was compatible with most of the hardware and software designed for the Apple II. It could run under DOS 3.x, but thanks to its second CPU, a Z80 processor, it could also run under CP/M. The Basis 108 had 128 KB RAM, (two switchable memory banks of 64k). Two 5"1/4 disk-drives (Apple compatible) could also be mounted inside the computer. In the picture, these are Apple Disk II drives. The Basis 108 was a good Apple II compatibl...
PHILIPS  P2000C
In the early 80's Philips produced a series of business/home microcomputers generically known as the P2000 series. There were five different lines developed over the few years the machines were produced: the P2000T, P2000M, P2000B (later called P2500), P2000C and finally the Yes, a MS-DOS machine. The weird thing about these different machines was that they were all incompatible with each other. The P2000C, was probably the most advanced of the P2000 series and the early portable from Philips...
RESEARCH MACHINES LINK 480Z
The Link 480Z was meant originally as a disc-less network station. It was designed to offer a lower cost computer to schools. The name "Link" meant link in a chain. It was a very reliable system, and one of the first personal computers used in the English schools. Because of the good reputation of the Research Machines computers, the Link 480Z was one of the three computers chosen for the U.K. 1982 Educational Scheme, with the Sinclair Spectrum and the
XEROX  860
This was not a really a computer but rather a wordprocessing system. The full-text monitor could display 70 lines of 102 characters. The text could be black on a white background, or the inverse. The Xerox 860 was equipped with one of the first WYSIWYG word processors: BravoX (later called "Xerox Document System Editor") which was originally developed for the 1972 Xerox Alto and became the predecessor of virtually all modern word processors Two 8" disks (600 kb) stored the...
SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION S/09
The SWTPC S/09 system was the second computer of the brand based on the Motorola 6809 microprocessor, said to be the most powerful 8-bits general purpose MPU available. As with the first 6809 version, it used the SS-50 version bus. The S/O9 system had a 20-bit adress bus. It was able to address up to 768 Kb. of memory and used dynamic address translation to map 4K pages into the 64K address space of the microprocessor. The system could be used as a multi-user/multitasking platform. It wa...
CASIO  FP 1000 / FP 1100
The Casio FP-1000 and FP-1100 were essentially the same machine, except that the 1100 had colour capabilities, 48 KB VRAM and enhanced graphic mode (640 x 400). The FP-1100 came with either a monochrome (green) monitor which would display colour as shades, or the colour monitor. The cable feeding the video to the monitor was a simple 2 core unsheilded RCA cable. The mono minitor had a switch at the back so that one could swap foreground and background (green on black or black on green) Bot...
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED Hawk
The Husky Hawk has inherited the very solid case of the Hunter. The screen was well protected with a thick layer of plastic and all the ports had protective coverings. However, it was not designed to take the rough treatment that the Husky could endure. For example, it could not being used in the rain. The chicklet keyboard featured a numeric and arrow key keypad. However, Husky could produce 'cut down' versions dedicated to particular applications. Severa...
TIMEX / SINCLAIR 2068
This is the American version of the Spectrum. It has an additional 8K extension ROM, cartridge port, two joystick ports and AY-3-8912 sound chip with extra Sinclair BASIC commands to support these devices (STICK, SOUND). It was packaged in a hard plastic silver case with nonstandard plastic keys. The TS2068 is Timex's re-engineered 48K Spectrum. It was released in Fall 1983 just before Timex Computer Corp folded in Spring 1984. A rogue arm of Timex in Portugal continued to sell TC2068s (same ...
AMSTRAD  CPC 664
The Amstrad CPC 664 was sold for only one year. Successor to the Amstrad CPC 464, it was quickly replaced by the Amstrad CPC 6128. It was sold with a monochrome green or colour monitor and a built-in floppy disk drive. The floppy disk format was the Hitachi 3 inch, an uncommon format already used on the Tatung Einstein and the Oric Atmos. CPC 464, its p...
JVC HC-95
The JVC-95 conformed to the maximum graphics specification of the MSX-2 standard. However, like the Pioneer PX-7 it also carried a sophisticated hardware interface that handled video superimposition and various interactive video processing features. In fact, the case housed two separate electronic cards. One was purely MSX, the second was dedicated to additional video functions. Several programs were bundled with the system, th...

   RANDOM ADVERTS
ú149 in June 1981

COMPUKIT
UK-101

 
U.S. advert (1982)

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION
VT-180

 
New Zealand ad #1

SEGA
SC 3000 / SC 3000H

 
1977 Advert #1

IMSAI
8048

 
U.K. ad. (1986)

ATARI
520 / 1040 STf / STfm

 
Last +4 sales, Apr. ...

COMMODORE
PLUS 4 - C232/264/364

 
Price list

CAMBRIDGE COMPUTERS
Z 88

 
Dutch advert

COMMODORE
PET 2001

 
Newburry brochure #1

GRUNDY
NEW BRAIN

 
Japanese advert (198...

SONY
Hit-Bit 55

 
french advert (jan. ...

ADD-X SYST╚ME
SMP-8

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

SORD
M203 Mark II

 
1978 brochure #19

MSI
6800

 
Advert #1

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Advert

CROMEMCO
Z-1

 
U.S. advert (1980)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
US advert (1987)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
1400 LT/FD/HD

 
French ad (feb. 1986...

EDUCATEL
Microlab

 
U.S. advert (1979)

INTERSYSTEMS
DPS-1

 
Italian ad.

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
QL catalogue #4

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
German advert

ATARI
800

 
Australian advert (j...

MULTITECH
MPF-III/312

 
French advert

THOMSON
TO 8 - TO 8D

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
rosie duff
8/22/2017
AXEL  AX-20
whne I was younger my father had bought me one of these as a award for cleaning the kitchen (I know good award) but it was actually very efficient.

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8/21/2017
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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8/20/2017
SCIENCE FAIR Microcomputer Trainer
The first year this appeared in any Radio Shack catalog was 1985. It shows "New for ''85" in its description.

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1985/hr155.html

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
INTERSYSTEMS DPS-1
In my post below, I didn''t finish a sentence.

The company I worked for sold Ithaca Intersystems computers with the usual trusty Televideo terminals, with the monochrome monitors.

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
INTERSYSTEMS DPS-1
Interesting that the guy who started the company added a comment!

In about 1980 or so I went to work for a small computer sales and service company in Oklahoma as the Service Manager. We sold Ithaca Intersystems computers to small businesses and court reporters$ most of our customers had two 8-inch floppy drives and ran C/PM (I think?). Some had Z-80A processors, and later the CPU cards had Z-80B CPUs which could utilize more RAM. Software was the Peachtree accounting software and Wordstar. To copy a file or create a directory, you had to use a program called "PIP" (Peripheral Interface Protocol or something like that), I seem to remember, instead of just a cp command. I had this fabulous system with the front lights and switches. The ones our customers got were plain looking. Wish I could remember more about the models. I can still see the S-100 bus, and those cards sitting into it, though.

There were the usual Televideo monochrome monitor

Besides the Intersystems sales and support, my assistant and I maintained all the ScanData cash register systems for Hardee''s restaurants in the state. Oh, that could be a nightmare.

Those big old 8-inch floppy drives with the Intersystems had to be realigned and serviced every few months, or the stepper motor and head would be unable to read previously formatted floppies! That was a pain in the rear, taking a loaner drive to a customer, making sure it could read their disks, then dragging their drive housing back to the company to use an oscilloscope and special alignment disk to tune it up. It was a mess if their disks couldn''t be read, but none of my customers ever lost their data. I remember how exciting it was when we got the first Winchester (I think) hard drive. Wish I could remember its capacity!

The company I worked for also sold Diablo daisy wheel printers, the 620 and 630 models, to go with the Intersystems computer. Those things were workhorses! The court reporters printed so much stuff on the Disaperf perforated continuous paper that they pounded the heck out of those 630s and they just kept on printing. I think I soldered hundreds of RS-232 connectors, making printer cables for those printers. Pin 2 was transmit, I think, pin 3 was receive, and pin 7 (or 20?) was ground. In those days, purchased computer cables were too expensive, and/or didn''t work with your system, so you had to make a custom one, anyway.

One of the people at Intersystems told me that Carl Sagan used an Ithaca Intersystems computer and Wordstar to write Cosmos.

Later our company went broke due to mismanagement by the CEO and Sales Manager, and I bought one of the systems and ran my own word processing business for awhile, and also serviced the computers for the previous customers for a few years on the side, til they got new IBM PCs. Wish I had kept that computer, the first one I owned.

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A
In September, 1979, I went to work at Texas Instruments in Lubbock, Texas, where the TI-99/4 and 99/4A was mostly manufactured. I was an electronic technician and did soldering and wire-wrap on prototypes in development, mostly software cartridges and add-on devices, as well as worked in testing, repair, burn-in (each new system was left on for several days, I think it was, then re-tested). And I helped train people on the assembly line. I did the wire-wrap prototype version of the speech synthesizer module$ a female engineer designed it$her name escapes me at the moment. .That speech synthesizer was a big deal for its time. She and I were the only two women in that module (and most of the rest of TI) who weren''t assembly line workers

Even though I worked on those computers, I could not afford to buy one for myself! Lordy, they were about $1,700 with all the extras such as the cassette tape drive, if I remember correctly, a fortune back then. But I did have a system at work to use! Much different than programming in FORTRAN on a mainframe!

In those days, another "module" or modular building at TI actually repaired people''s broken calculators and mailed them back to the user. Imagine that.

TI had these automated mail robots that followed a special painted line on the floor, in and out of modules and up and down the big hallway. We used to put stuff in front of them to see what would stop them and what wouldn''t. For 1979, it all was very futuristic to me.

Later, I moved to the Front End module to make more money, where I ran a boron/phosphorus ion implant machine, one of the several hundred processes in creating semiconductor chips. The implant machines were these huge particle accelerators that were the crankiest machines I ever worked with. The chips have multiple layers, and these machines placed a positive or negative charge on the unmasked areas of a chip''s layer. We made the first 256k memory chips there! Then I went back to college after I made enough money, and left TI and Lubbock, which were both good to me.

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8/17/2017
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