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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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 (...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION RAINBOW 100
The Rainbow 100 had a proprietary floppy drive format. Disks formatted for the Rainbow 100 could not be read or written to by other PC computers, even though materially they were the same type of 5'' disk. Chris Ryan reports: There were two versions : the model 100 and the model 100+. The 100 had 64 KB soldered RAM and the 100+ had 128KB with a socket expansion for an other option board. The system was triple boot (in BIOS, and could be set for...
SYNERTEK SYM1
Synertek was one of the suppliers of the 6502 processor, and the SYM-1 was intended as a chip evaluation board for hardware developers that were interested in programming and interfacing a 6502. The SYM-1 was a single board computer. It had a hexadecimal display and a hex keypad for programs and data entry. It was originally called the VIM-1 until MOS Technology objected to the name. It was actually quite a copy of the MOS KIM 1 offering same fonct...
XEROX  Sunrise 1800 / 1805
The Xerox 1800 is a "portable" system presented at the Las-Vegas Comdex in november 1983. It was produced in small quantities. It's a CP/M system with a small LCD screen of 3 line by 80 characters. It has a micro-tape recorder and a built-in modem (300/1200 baud). Several applications were sold with the system on digital tapes : Basic interpreter, electronic calendar, text utility & communication tool. The Xerox 1850 is a Xerox 1800 with an additional 16-bit processor for MS/...
COMMODORE  AMIGA 1500
The Amiga 1500 was a variation of the Amiga 2000 that was only available in the U.K. in 1990. This system came with two internal floppy disk drives (only one for the 2000), but without hard disk and controller card. Nevertheless, it was a true Amiga 2000 that could be easily upgraded. It also featured one of the latest motherboard version (6.2), the ECS chipset and Kickstart 2.04.
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Alan Lewis reports to us:

NATIONAL CF-3000
MSX 1 computer with 64 KB RAM, two cartridge slots and superimposition feature. The keyboard is separated from the main unit. At the right hand side of the main unit, there is enough room for an optional disk drive. The CF-3300 was a CF-3000 sold with this disk drive already mounted. The brazilian computer Gradiente Expert, is a clone of the National CF-3000....
APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES  Computer In a Book
The Computer-In-A-Book (CIAB) was released just after the Microbee 64. This strange machine was composed of one main unit and at least two 'books'. The computer was actually not in a book, but in the main unit, a Microbee 64. The first book held the user manual in a ring binder, the second book (Vol. 1) held a - new at the time - 3.5" floppy-disk drive and a power supply unit which supplied the main unit and the drive. This unit could also supply a second slave disk-book (Vol. 2). ...
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-9816
Hewlett-Packard has been one of the first large manufacturer to adopt the Motorola 68000 microprocessor since 1981. The HP9816 was the fourth 68000 based computer of the brand. It was also called the Series 200 Model 16. Hewlett-Packards Series 200 included the HP-9816, HP-9826, HP-9836, and HP-9836C. The Model 16 was intended to be a "lion package in a house cat". When the keyboard was "parked" in the optional special housing placed under the unit, the...
MICROACE MicroAce
A few months after Sinclair released its ZX-80, Microace of Santa Ana, California launched a clone of this computer. It was exactly the same machine, but a minor modification made that it could be expanded to 2 KB of RAM. The internal ROM was also a pure copy of the Sinclair's original. Sinclair thus sued Microace but met with large difficulties because the judge couldn't seee the ROM content! Sinclair eventually won because the Microace keyboard was also iden...
SINCLAIR  ZX SPECTRUM +2
The Sinclair Spectrum +2 was the first Sinclair computer made by Amstrad after they bought the rights of the Sinclair computers products. Thus, it is not suprising that the Spectrum +2 is very similar in shape and functionality to the Amstrad CPC-464. It was a kind of mix between the Spectrum 128 and the CPC-464 ! Even though it used several features of the CPC-464, such as the built-in tape recorder and a good full-stroke keyboa...
ACORN COMPUTER  BBC Master Compact
In 1986 the Acorn Business Computer range was long gone, and Olivetti - Acorn's new owners, having been forced to increase their stake from 49 to 80 per cent of the firm - were concentrating on making Acorn more profitable. The case for the 65C816-based Communicator was retained and given a basic box, housing a PSU and disk drive, to make a standard-looking 3-box computer system based around the BBC Master architecture. Also marketed in Europe as the Olivetti Prodest PC 128 S (S fo...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Satoshi Otsuka
5/1/2019
SEMI-TECH  Pied Piper
I used to work for the company as a design engineer after Pied Pier almost completed design phase. I enjoyed creating new designs especially graphics part using discrete components for next generation projects since no LSI solutions were available at the time. good old day.

Francis Remkiewicz
4/30/2019
AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS J100 - J500
In 1979 I worked for the IRS in Washington, DC. I convinced the IRS to sole source an AM Jacquard J500 for creating a time and attendance automated system for Headquarters, IRS. I worked with the AMfolks for over 18 months until completion. I was the first to transmit our DC data to the Data Center in Detroit over a 300 baud acoustic coupler.
That application, restructured many times is still in use by the IRS.
By the way, my 3 year old daughter learned to spell on Type-rite. Many a Saturday and Sunday she would accompany her dad to the office. Does anyone remember the heat issues with the J500? The heat in DC regardless of the A/C was a constant problem. I am glad to have been a tiny part of your history.

Cameron
4/26/2019
AMSTRAD  PPC 512 / 640
I still have one.In case with books and all cords.Except for the slew of D cell batteries one needs to have on hand if no plugs or 12v car holes are around it worked like a charm. And you can play some basic games on it.Reaaaaal basic.It is next to me right now. I like to take it to cyber cafes and plop it on a table just to see what people do and how they react.lol

Chris Appleton
4/16/2019
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
I''ve just acquired a Husky FC486, non-working. I''d love to get this functioning as I''d like to donate it to my local computer museum but (probably due to the military target market) there''s very little information on it.

It gets power, beeps three times if the digitiser is disconnected but not at all if it''s connected. The screen just shows some coloured lines and it goes no further. Anyone shed any light on where to find service manuals etc?

Pete
4/10/2019
DATAPOINT CORPORATION Datapoint 2200
Just an add-on to Gordon''s comment that he didn''t remember if the Datapoint 1100 came in a cassette only version. It did. I programmed on such a device in the 1975-1977 time frame, and it could do amazing things for its limited hardware specs (at least as compared to the 2200).

Michael Teggin
4/1/2019
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
If anyone has a old Husky from pre 1984 then I’d love to purchase one. Thanks to Alex for reminding everyone my job at 16 without qualifications and an education behind me! Did give me a great grounding with some great people I ‘seeved’ Didn’t do to bad taking over the whole of service and Operations and now mixing it with the directors and board of JLR! :)

Thanks to Husky Computers I got an education and a desire to progress in industry. Brilliant times and sadly missed in Coventry!

Skel
3/24/2019
APPLE  APPLE IIgs
The Apple IIgs was one of the biggest blunders Apple ever did! The Machine had an amazing graphics ability, fantastic sound system, the disk drives were whisper quiet and fast, the computer''s appearance on the desktop was pleasing, backward compatibility, and it''s operating system was the forerunner to the modern Mac one. A lot of care and time went into engineering this beast.

There was just one problem - the blunder was not the fault of the machine. NO, the problem was: Apple''s management was not interested in pushing it and preferred the Mac instead! BIG MISTAKE, if this had become the Mac, they would probably have millions and millions of more Mac users today! Such a waste!

I remember in my senior year in high school, the computer science department had brought in a whole room of these. The Apple IIgs was just better than the first few versions of the Mac at the time and we all preferred to use the IIgs than the Macs! I learned Pascal on the IIgs. I still have fond memories of this computer!


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
STAR HAWK
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
 game - 3d - shoot them up - space - star wars - vector graphics
KAGAKU (GENSOKIGOU MASTER) (E-107)
Sega SC 3000/SC 3000H
Sega - 1983
 game - educational game
PAC-LAND (PA2059)
Atari Lynx
Atari, Namco - 1991
 game - pac-man - platform
GRAN TRAK 10
Arcade
Atari - 1974
 game - car - racing - top-down view
MR BOMB
Gakken Compact Vision TV-Boy
Gakken - 1983
 game -
SOLITAIRE
Atari Super Pong (C140)
Atari - 1976
 game - ball and paddle
APB - ALL POINTS BULLETIN (PA2042)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Quicksilver Software, Tengen - 1991
 game - car - driving - police
SUPER ASTEROIDS AND SUPER MISSILE COMMAND (PA2093)
Atari Lynx
Atari - 1995
 game - shoot them up
FLICKY (G-1036)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1984
 game - platform
SOCCER
Arcade
RamTek - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - football - sport
CHASER (PC/SD-201)
SD-2xx systems
SEL - 1982
 game - eat them all - maze
CONGO BONGO (G-1007)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - platform
TENNIS
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
DUEL
Indata Dai
Dialog Informatique - 1983
 game - fencing - middle ages - pirate
DOGFIGHT
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - lightgun - plane - shooting gallery

   RANDOM ADVERTS
US advert Nov. 1987

COMPAQ
Portable 386

 
German advert (1983)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL II

 
Nascom 1 brochure

LUCAS
Nascom 1

 
U.S. advert (1982)

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION
VT-180

 
French advert (april...

THOMSON
TO 9

 
U.S. ad. (1983) #1

OKI
IF 800

 
French ad (dec. 1986...

MULTITECH
MPF-1 Plus

 
French ad (1985)

TOSHIBA
PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

 
Z-2 1977 advert

CROMEMCO
Z-2

 
French advert (1984)

OLIVETTI
M24

 
U.S. advert (1980)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
German brochure #2

ATARI
TT 030

 
German ad #1

SHARP
MZ 700

 
Previous system

COLUMBIA DATA PRODUCTS
MPC

 
Nice ad (1983)

NEC
PC 6001

 
Promotional pict.

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
Scary...

THOMSON
TO 7

 
An advertising

CROMEMCO
System I / II / III

 
UK advert #2

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
French advert (june ...

THOMSON
MO 5

 
Jacquard brochure #3

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
advert #2

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION
6800

 
French advert (july ...

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
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