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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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GOLDSTAR FC-80 / FC-200
Goldstar became LG (Lucky-Goldstar) in 1997. The FC-80 and FC-200 are the same computers. The FC-200 was the name used for the "export" model (outside Korea/Asia?). This typical MSX-1 computer was made in Korea. It has no special feature apart from the official MSX specifications... Or maybe just one weird feature : it has a hole at the right of the cartridge slot to store a lightpen when not used. This lightpen was available as an option with its dedicated cartridge. ___________ ...
SORD  M-100ACE
The Sord M-100ACE was the professional version of the M-170, offering as standard a floppy disc controller card, a single or dual 5" 143 KB floppy disc unit and a colour graphic video card. Several I/O interfaces were also added and business oriented developpement tools could be used: FORTRAN and BASIC compilers and COBOL language. Four successive version were sold - M100-I to M100-IV - offering various hardware and design improvements. The model pictured...
COMPUTER DATA SYSTEMS  VERSATILE 2
This computer was designed as a versatile machine (!), it was supplied with five disks : - Disk #1 (OS and language) : Operating System, 12 K Extended Basic, Line Editor. - Disk #2 (Games) : Star Trek, Black Jack and Star Wars. - Disk #3 (Home Accounting) : Budgeting, Checkbook Balancing - Disk #4 (Small Business Accounting) : Payroll, Inventory, Taxes, Invoicing, Check Printing - Disk #5 : Blank floppy disk...
TIMEX / SINCLAIR 1500
The Timex-Sinclair 1500 is basicaly a Sinclair ZX-81 in a ZX Spectrum case with 16 KB RAM. Timex marketed the Sinclair computers on the North American market. The ZX-81 was sold as the TS-1000 (with 2 KB RAM instead of 1 KB of the original model) and the ZX Spectrum as the forth-coming TS-2000 (which remained a prototype). As the sales of the TS-1000 were dangerously falling, Timex produced a mi...
CANON  V-20
The V-20 is a classic MSX-1 computer. It's basicaly a V-10 with more memory....
RESEARCH MACHINES Nimbus PC
When the Nimbus PC series was launched, Research Machines already had a long history of providing innovative and reliable computers for the British education market. The Nimbus PC was also intended to support schools in the use of the computers. It wasn't a pale copy of a standard PC but a fast and versatile DOS machine entirely designed and manufactured by RM. The basic machine held 192 KB of RAM, a single 720 KB floppy drive and extended sound and graphics. It could be expanded to 1 MB ...
EPSON  PX 8 / HC-88 / Geneva
The PX-8 was the successor of the PX-4 and HX-20. The main improvement was a twice bigger flip-up LCD screen. It was sold with four cartridges which could be added to the base of the unit: a BASIC Programming Language, CardBox Plus, a diary for 400 names and addresss, Calc, a spreadsheet and WordStar the well known word processor. A double 5.25" floppy drive was available, and an Epson developed stan...
SINCLAIR  PC 200
The Sinclair PC 200 was one of the last computers built under the Sinclair brand (along with the PC-500). In fact it was not a Sinclair at all, but a desktop version of the Amstrad PPC-512. The case bore a striking resemblance to the Atari 520 ST case. It had a built-in 3.5" floppy drive on the right and mouse and joystick ports under the keyboard. And indeed the PC-200 was officially marketed as an Atari 520-ST competitor : sam...
FRANKLIN  ACE 500
The Franklin ACE 500 was a 100% Apple IIe and Apple IIc compatible computer with a built-in 5.25" disk drive and 256 KB of RAM. It looked pretty much like a black //c, featured all of the standard Apple ports and a better keyboard with a numeric keypad. It was also very similar to the Laser 128 in design and features. The ACE 500 was the last Apple II compatible Franklin manufactured. Its capabilities and abilities were identical to the Ace 2000 series. The...
ORIC TELESTRAT
The Oric Telestrat is the successor of the Oric 1 and Oric Atmos with which it is compatible. It was launched some months after Oric was bought by Euréka, a French company in 1985. It was designed especially for telecommunications, like the Goupil 2, the Thomson TO-9+ or the Exeltel. It was designed to be used with the Minitel (Fre...

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TOSHIBA
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Newburry brochure #2

GRUNDY
NEW BRAIN

 
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NORTHSTAR
Advantage

 
1977 advert

IMSAI
8080

 
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TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

 
US advert, Feb 1982

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
QL monitor ad.

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
Advert

ATARI
800

 
From Walkman to M5

SORD
M 5

 
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SHARP
PC-1500 / PC-1500A

 
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QL (Quantum Leap)

 
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MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
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HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
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APPLE
APPLE II

 
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ORIC
ORIC 1

 
1946...

THOMSON
TO 7

 
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TOSHIBA
PASOPIA 7

 
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AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
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MICRODIGITAL
TK-85

 
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Pied Piper

 
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KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
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EXELVISION
EXL 100

 
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TOSHIBA
HX-10

 
French ad

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Serie 5

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
RayWashed
8/30/2014
SANYO  MPC 100
I have a MPX-100, but mine has no light pen and no hole, it seems it''s never had it, where it should be there is a round plastic where says "64K"

jt august
8/30/2014
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A
The TI-99/4a was a follow up to the TI-99/4, which is missing from the museum. The machine was at its time the most powerful on the market, at 16-bits and screaming fast, but TI mandated that everything developed for it had to go through the GPL interpreter, which slowed program flow to start with. But the BASIC interpreter was written in GPL, so it was double interpreted, making it the slowest executing BASIC ever released. And TI sought to keep all software release in house, which proved to be a horrible business model, as has been seen more than once over the years.

jt august
8/30/2014
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A
The TI-99/4a was a follow up to the TI-99/4, which is missing from the museum. The machine was at its time the most powerful on the market, at 16-bits and screaming fast, but TI mandated that everything developed for it had to go through the GPL interpreter, which slowed program flow to start with. But the BASIC interpreter was written in GPL, so it was double interpreted, making it the slowest executing BASIC ever released. And TI sought to keep all software release in house, which proved to be a horrible business model, as has been seen more than once over the years.

Martin Ward
8/28/2014
COMPUKIT UK-101
Change the dollar sign to a hash sign in the URL''s below

Martin Ward
8/28/2014
COMPUKIT UK-101
If you have old software on cassette tape, which no longer loads, I have written a program which analyses the tape (saved as a wav file) and extracts the data:

http://www.gkc.org.uk/martin/software/$CUTS

My collection of Compukit UK101 software can be downloaded from here:

http://www.gkc.org.uk/martin/software/$UK101

Gary Cartwright
8/28/2014
IBM  AN/FSQ-7
I was hired by IBM in 1958 to help install and maintain the ANFSQ-7 at DC-13 at KI Sawyer AFB outside of Marquette Mich. By that time the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) systems were being installed in 3 story buildings. The computer was amazing compared to what we have today. What we call RAM today was a 64K core memory unit (that was the "Big Memory Retrofit - the original was 4K)

I was part of the maintenance team until the USAF Operation Bluesuit, which turned over maintenance to Air Force personnel. I stayed on as Contract Technical Services until the site was closed in 1963. It was the basis for my continued career in IBM in "commercial" field service, eventually programing support, engineering and finally product pricing before I retired. Since then I have built PC''s as a hobby. SAGE was the great beginning of that career.

Tom
8/27/2014
COMMODORE  C64
A piece of computer history. Sometimes I ask myself where we would be without it.

I must say, back in the day I hated the C64. I "grew up" on CBM30XX machines and owned a VIC-20. It was the arrogance of the C64 users toward the VIC which made me not want a C64 and in fact it wasn''t until sometime in the early 90s that I bought one of them (C64G) and only because it was dirt cheap. This one has been passed on to my brother a long time ago but I have since purchased an original C64 (the brown breadbox) and two C64C in a bundle for the horrendous sum of $1. One of the "C"s works the other two have faulty graphics. The screen just shows garbled rubbish on one and stays black on the other. Eventually they will be wall mounted in my study, (together with a VIC-20, a C16 and a TI99/4A). Now I am chasing a "Aldi C64", another C64G and if at all possible, a SX-64 to complete the collection.



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