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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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NCR  PC8
After IBM produced the PC/AT, NCR introduced their AT clone and called it the NCR PC8. It was primarly produced in Augsburg Germany. It was 80286 based and clocked the CPU at 8 MHz max. With the PC8, NCR offered their NCR-DOS, but also a UNIX variant (Xenix). The system was bundled with NCR-DOS, GW-BASIC, Getting Started booklet, On-line NCR HELP, NCR User Interface, and User Diagnostics. Better pictures needed ! Ryan May reports :
OLYMPIA  PHC-2
This is a standard MSX 1 computer, no suprise... But though Olympia is a german company, it is in fact a Korean Daewoo / Yeno DPC-64. It is identical except for the colour....
ELECTRONIC PRODUCT ASS. EPA-6800
Virtually no information about this classic training board made in San Diego, California, and mainly used for educational purpose. Like most of the 6800 based systems of the time, the board was equipped with an Exorciser bus connector as well as its own expansion connector....
SHARP  MZ 80B
As the German magazine "mc" reported in its January 1981 first edition, the MZ-80B was shown first on the German Hannover show, in April 1981. The MZ-80B was one of the nicer, if not the nicer, and well designed home computer ever built. It also featured an innovative 'Intelligent' cassette deck which was able to find and load a program anywhere in the cassette tape. All the cassette functions were remote controlled by software. The MZ-80B was compatible with the other MZ 80x computers (
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1400 LT/FD/HD
This nice little laptop is one of the first real IBM PC compatible laptops featuring large LCD display (80x25 here) and true compatibility. This machine has two 720KB Floppy drives (and no hard drive). It boots from one floppy drive (DOS) while the 2nd floppy is used for data and programs you may wish to run. It has a NEC V20 8-bit processor which is switchable between 7.16 MHz and 4.77 MHz. It also has a CGA backlit LCD screen (monochrome), optional built in modem (1200 baud), math coproc...
HITACHI  MB-16000
Hitachi, along with Sharp and Canon, were among the Japanese video manufacturers who have decided to diversify into computers. They brought with them a strong reputation for reliability and value for money. The Hitachi MB-16000 was one of the first Japanese IBM PC compatibles.It was certainly well equipped and was able to compete at the highest level of PC and compatible systems of the time. It came complete with a colour monitor. One of its interesting cha...
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-9836
The Hewlett Packard HP 9000 is the ancestor of the actual HP9000 station! The RAM can be extended by blocks of 128 Kb. It is possible to add one or two processors (its power is then brought to 1.7 mips or 2.5 mips). It runs under HP-UX (Unix) and is sold with a database (image 9000), a 3D graphic program (graph 9000), as well as the BASIC, Pascal, FORTRAN and C programming languages. There was a later variant with a 68010 processor that supported HP-UX (the HP version of Unix). It was call...
AMPERE  WS 1
This was a very unique system with an extraordinary design. It was conceived by Ampere and produced by Nippon-Shingo in 1985. Sadly, it failed the US FCC certification tests and so was not available on the US market, which helps explain why it is so rare nowadays (along with its high price and narrow-targeted market)... One of the main characteristics of the Ampere WS-1 was the use of the APL programming language : an interpreted language extremely synthetic and very rich. APL ...
FUJITSU  FM Towns
Very little is known about this Japanese system. Help welcome !! It apparently had some success in Japan, with great game conversions. Based on the IBM PC architecture, it had excellent sound and graphic features. It has the barebone of a classic IBM PC system but was conceived from the start as a real familial multimedia system. Graphic resolutions go from 360x240 to 640x480 with 256 colors simultaneously on screen from a color palette of 16.7 millions colors. Most of these graphic modes ...
HEATHKIT  EC-1
From 1950 to 1965, electronic analogue vacuum-tube computers were used to design, test and run civilian and military equipment like aircraft, ships or rockets. The first systems were very expensive. However, components cost (especially vacuum tubes) was steadily decreasing. In 1960, Heath Company launched the Heathkit EC-1, the first analogue computer (almost) anyone could afford. It was sold in kit or pre-assembled forms and was quickly and widely used in industry and universities. Unli...

   RANDOM ADVERTS
U.S. advert (1982)

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION
VT-180

 
French advert

MBC
Alcyane

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

MATTEL ELECTRONICS
Aquarius

 
French ad (may 1984)

MULTITECH
MPF-1 A/B

 
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ADD-X SYST╚ME
SMP-8

 
Advert #1

MICRODIGITAL
TK-85

 
French advert

CASIO
PB-700

 
5500 advert (Jan. 19...

I.S.T.C. (INFORMATIC SYST╚MES T╔L╔COM)
5000

 
English advert.

PIONEER
Palcom PX-7

 
Advert #4 (1982)

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
Japanese Ad

SHARP
MZ 800 - MZ 1500

 
French ad (dec. 1982...

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
French article

LEANORD
Silex

 
1977 Advert

PROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY CORP
SOL - 10 / 20

 
U.S. advert

SAGE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Sage II

 
Spectrum+ French ad.

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
French advert (july ...

OKI
IF 800

 
German ad #1

SHARP
MZ 700

 
French ad (dec.1983)

TELEVIDEO
TS-803

 
Proud father

THOMSON
TO 7

 
french advert (april...

NEC
PC 8001

 
1976 price list

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
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MYARC
Geneve 9640

 
HP brochure

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-9826

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Rusty
5/26/2016
HITACHI  S1
Craig - it probably had my hard disk interface card in it. We didn''t sell many. I reverse engineered the os/9 level 2 card that was needed for os/9. It did the ram memory mapping as well as extra ram. I probably have my sketches somewhere. The S1 was a stunning piece of hardware in its day - it was full of custom ics as compared with the mb6890 which was pretty well all standard ics.

Rusty
5/26/2016
HITACHI  MB-6890 / Basic Master Level 3
I designed a number of add-on cards for this computer in my teenage years - two floppy disk controllers, hard disk interface with networking, multifunction card with rtc, two ay-3-8910 psg chips and a spo256 speech chip along with two atari joystick ports and a z80 card to run cp/m. I still have those boards but not the computer. It was a very well made piece of hardware and very reliable - too expensive for me to buy at the time.

David Fisher
5/24/2016
ACT Apricot PC
Hi our company used apricot to run out factory manufacturing snooker balls, we still have loads of the 3.5" disks (Supercalc) and would love to access some of the infromation, does anyone know how to convert the disk to work on dos. I know it can be done as he have had it done before.

John Adams
5/23/2016
COMART Communicator
I worked in Byeshiop Manchester we sold these along side North Star Commodore Pet, Apple II, Sharp Mz80k vic20 and Cromemco.

I still have a Communicator with 10Mb hard drive, I think it will end up at Bletchley as they said $ it off.

I fell out with them somewhat after I set up sale to Kellogg''s to weight the frosties packets instead of them buying a harris mini, then when the guy came round to discuss the sale I was told to make the tea.

I said to the young lad who worked Saturdays that I thought I should set up on my own, he told the owner who sacked me.

He had previously given me my P45 when I had to visit hospital for something less than trivial.

I am not bitter as it was a really good grounding and I have had my own Computer company ever since.

He went on to manage Clive sinclairs z88 thing and Byteshop went on to be purchased by another company which still trades.

Steve
5/23/2016
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1



It really is teeming with scams on the internet, really not normal. In one week I lost 500usd for payments. I had inquiries made ??at Dandy Cash.com came just disappointed. I would recommend anyone to advertise on the site.I''ve only tried it a different website, and when I had finally found someone who was still honest (steve.mccclaren309@gmail.com) Because he asked me in advance, but doubted he could give evidence and so I took the risk anyway and I was able to borrow from him. 30000usd,please don''t email anybody said to be a loan lender in this website because they are all scams,they disappoint me and run away with my 500usd,Mr Steve Mcclaren is the only one i trust because he gave me the loan i needed,,please do not email anyone in this website because they are scams they pretend to be loan lenders they rip people of their hard earned money the USA Attorney General Of Police are searching for this guys in the internet right now so don''t email this guys please they will rip you off like they did to

Rob Guest
5/22/2016
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
I have a Husky Hunter 208K still in its original box with its manual. Not sure that it still works..... but willing to give it to a good home for the price of the postage.

Sergio
5/22/2016
ACT Apricot PC
Hello,

I''''m looking for the original Apricot mic for my act portable, if someone has one to sell please contact me.

cottony@virgilio.it

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