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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 (...

All the MCM machines were designed and built in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The company was originally called "Micro Computer Machines, Inc." (the term "micro computer" was all the rage in the early 70's) but sometime in the late 70's changed the name to simply "MCM Computers". MCM was among the first companies to fully recognize and act upon microprocessor technology's immense potential for developing a new generation of cost-effective computing systems. Their first machine was launched in...
This computer was used in the 80's in Hungarian schools along with the Primo. It was very similar to the Enterprise 64 as it was a licensed product. There is even a built-in joystick on the right of the keyboard. There are different models : 32 KB, 64 KB and 64 KB+ (picture here). The 64 KB+ has more video RAM (64 KB instead of 16 KB) and different versions of ROM (2.1 - 2.2 & 2.4 instead of 1.1 -1.2 - 1.3 & 1.4). The main physical difference of the TV-Comp...
Convergent Technologies of Santa Clara, California introduced the Worslate the same time as the Tandy Model 100. Although it was about the same size of the Model 100, the Workslate was primarily a spreadsheet machine. No other software could be loaded except some application which was adaptations of the basic spreadsheet program. The Workslate used a CMOS version of the old 6800 processor and 16B KB of RAM. RAM size couldn't be extended and allowed a limited 7...
The Superbrain was an integrated system with keyboard, display and disc drives. The system used two Z80A microprocessors at 4 MHz, one for the main processing, and the other for peripheral activities. The dual 5" floppy disc units could be 2x170 KB (single side), 2x340 KB (DS), and a 10 MB CompuStar hard disk could be added. The SuperBrain was sold with the CP/M operating system, Microsoft Basic, an 8080 assembler and Microsoft Cobol 74. The SuperBrain II appeared in 1982. It of...
BULL  L'attaché
"L'attaché" was the first Bull attempt to produce a portable PC-compatible computer. It was not made in France by Bull, but in Japan. This computer was mainly sold to french public services, as they were obliged at the time to buy french-made computers. But "L'attaché" was not very successful in the private sector when it was launched, because there were many competing that were technically more advanced and cheaper. The system hardware was made of two separate modules. A motherboard/displ...
ROBOTRON KC 85/1 - Z 9001
The KC85/1 was originally introduced as the HC-9001, "HC" meaning "Home Computer". But as the industry demand for computers was so high, they even used these home computers, so the name was changed to KC85/1, "KC" standing for "KleinComputer", which could be translated to "Small Computer". The machine had very limited graphical capabilities with 128 pre-defined graphic and 96 text symbols in text mode (8x8 pixels size). The BASIC language needs to be loaded from cassette every time you...
Little is known about this system, please help ! From Zahoor Iqbal Awan: I have used this system for 2+ years following configuration: Model System V - 100 Memory 8+8 mb Octart (Serial Ports) Boards x 2 Wyse Mono Terminals/Console 20+100 mb Harddisk (Bulky about 3~4kg) 20mb Tape Drive Large Floppy Drive Front Lock (Power system) Wyse Terminal Keyboard - Had to boot cromix bootstrap first and then on to AT&T Unix system V earlier releases. - Used Info...
COMART Communicator
Comart was the computer system group that took over the Byte Shop/Computerland chain when it had financial difficulties in the late 70s. They were a large company distributing North Star systems, and similar equipments. The Communicator was their first effort in distributing a British-made system. The Communicator is a S-100 bus system based around a main chassis with a 10-slot-mother-board. The system had 64 KB of RAM and came with three variations of dual flo...
ACORN COMPUTER  ABC 210 / Cambridge Workstation
The Acorn Cambridge Workstation was the only model from the announced, marketed but unreleased ABC (Acorn Business Computer) line, first claimed to be available in October 1984. The ABCs were a range of machines using an integrated monitor, disk drive, PSU and BBC B+ 64K motherboard with slight modifications, originally featuring CPUs from straight 6502 terminals to an 80286 based system. Differences between the released Cambridge Workstation and the 32016 co-p...
IBM  PC - Model 5150
The computer which caused the death of CP/M computers. In the early part of 1980, IBM decided to create a microcomputer (up to this date, IBM produced only mini and mainframes). They didn't really know that they wanted and they didn't think for one second that producing microcomputer was a profitable business (who would have thought!)! After hesitation between the Intel 8086 (16 bit) and the Motorola MC68000, they decided to use the Intel 8088 (8 - 16 bit) processor, as the two other ones we...

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Chuck Rose
It''s not quite accurate to say that double sided drives was the only thing to change in the Model 4D. It would lead you to believe that the ''D'' stood for double sided. In fact the ''D'' stood for "Deskmate" which was a piece of software that worked as a pseudo GUI (keyboard controlled) and also contained some simple productivity software like a text editor, spreadsheet, database, terminal program, scheduler, and an ''email'' program that allowed you to send messages to any other deskmate user via modem.

These were very basic applications without any bells and whistles but was good if you didn''t want to deal with the command line or if you just needed basic productivity software.

Philipp Maier
Hi Folks. I have a P5020, I could find out that P5020 and P3000 are the same machines. I have my system for about 10 Years, but I do not have a bootdisk and I could not find any image on the Net so far.

I have equipment to process Teledisk images, it would be awesome if someone could help me out with a bootdisk image, but I would also be fine sending Floppydisks around the world $-)

Here is a Photo of my P5020 (P3000):$


I HAD a Tandy-1000. It was in perfect working condition but sadly, when I had to move from a house to an apartment (downsizing) two years ago, it simply could not fit. I had a choice $ keep the Commodore 64 (the computer I had as a kid) or the T1000 (one that was gifted to me 10 years ago from family friends). The case of the computer was damaged in a house fire years before but it otherwise worked perfectly. In the end, it was scrapped for parts. :( I kept those parts and used them when I was teaching at university as part of a class project to construct a computer. :) In a way... it lives on. I enjoyed writing this article years ago and still love to read it. :)

George Burch
WICAT  150
I came across WICAT when I was with Booze Alan. We had an Army contract to build educational kiosks for recruiting. The spec required a Basic compiler which didn''t exist then. The WMCS OS was robust enough that we met the spec. The WICAT laser disc could be programmed to add graphic overlays (sprites and stuff) which made a big hit with the recruiters.

George Burch
WICAT  150
I came across WICAT when I was with Booze Alan. We had an Army contract to build educational kiosks for recruiting. The spec required a Basic compiler which didn''t exist then. The WMCS OS was robust enough that we met the spec. The WICAT laser disc could be programmed to add graphic overlays (sprites and stuff) which made a big hit with the recruiters.

Kerry Davis
OTRONA Attache
I got myself a new-condition Attache with the padded case recently, on ebay. Works perfectly, but didn''t come with any software. Any suggestions or sources would be greatly appreciated. email I saw the previous posts by Charles Raisch but the site no longer exists, and it seems like he might have passed away since then.

I did some software development work that was intended to be used on the Otrona and Compaq portables, for utility company energy audits, in the 1980s.

Frank Abbing
The DDp-516 was sold as P9200 by Philips. The DDP-416 was renamed
P9201. I worked as technician for Philips, was it 1969? One of my tasks
was to stick an aluminium panel with "Philips P9200" on it over the
Honeywell label.

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