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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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HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-5036A
The HP 5036A Microprocessor Lab was designed by Hewlett Packard to be a learning tool for acquiring the basics of microprocessor operations. It was also used to help students, technicians and engineers understand how to repair faulty microprocessor-based systems. Mounted in a brief case, the HP 5036A provided both the hardware and software basics and vital troubleshooting information needed to solve hardware problems. The board held a 8085A CPU, 2 KB ROM and 1 KB RAM. Displays for the Address...
ALPHA MICRO 1000 Series
The Alpha Micro 1000 was a line of systems based on the 68000 microprocessor. According to customer requests, each system could be configured from a single user microcomputer with 128 KB of RAM, up to a 60-users system with 3 MB of RAM and 2.4 GB of disk storage. The operating system of the 1000 series was AMOS, a multi-user, multi-tasking and timesharing system allowing the user to easily add terminals and printers to the current configuration. Several programming languages were available to...
ACORN COMPUTER  A4
The Acorn A4 was the laptop version of the Acorn Archimedes and was one of the first RISC laptops (and by the way, one of the most powerful - five times faster than a 50 MHz 486 for some operations). The operating system (RISC OS 3.10) was located in the 2 MB ROM. The 9'' LCD screen could only display 14 shades of grey, but used a clever dithering system to make more shades apparent. The A4 could be used for about 3 hours with its internal batteries. ...
TESLA PMI-80
The PMI was used for learning programing machine code in Czech and Slovakian polytechnic university from 1982 year. It was developed and manufactured in Tesla Piestany factory which core business was to produceo active components like diode, transistor and integrated ciruits, including the MHB 8080A CPU and chip from his family. It was a basic system, enclosed in a plastic case and precisely based on the MHB 8080A, a Tesla version the 8080 processor. It had minimal ROM, RAM and I/O cap...
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION DECMATE II
The DECMATE II shared the same case, power supply unit and RX50 dual floppy drive as the Rainbow 100 and was sold as a desktop or tower stand system. Like DECMATE I and III, it was a member of the PDP-8 family based on the Harris 12-bit 6120, a single chip PDP-8 compatible microprocessor. The same year, DEC launched the Rainbow 100, a Z80/8088 based system to compete with CP/M and MS-DOS machines, as well as the PDP-11 Profess...
SPECTRAVIDEO  SV 318
The Spectravideo SV-318 has characteristics very close to the MSX machines (same video, sprites, sound, I/O, etc.). It was even sold as an MSX computer in some places, but it is not fully MSX compliant and can't use MSX programs. Notice that instead of using cursor keys, the Spectravideo uses a small joystick, which emulates cursor keys. The photo above shows the SV318 with its expansion base. This provides 64 KB RAM, a 80 column video and a floppy disk con...
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...
SALORA Manager
The Salora Manager was the Finnish version of the Video Technology Laser 2001. However, it had some differences compared to the original: • It had a new case to match the cheaper Fellow in the more Salora-like colouring, • The keyboard had been modified by adding the Scandinavian letters Ä, Ĺ and Ö, • Joysticks ports were different so you could only use joysticks manufactured by Salora (many machines were hacked to use Atari...
APPLE  APPLE IIgs
The Apple IIGS was designed in response to the Amiga 1000 and Atari 520ST computers & could be considered a cross between the Macintosh & Apple II (naturally, it can't use Macintosh programs). It was (and still is) a quantum leap for the Apple II line. Sales were strong initially and the IIGS even outsold the black and white Macintosh units that were its contemporar...
SHARP  MZ 2500
The successor of the MZ 2200. The characteristics, especially the graphic characteristics, are impressive, it is one of the most powerful of the MZ computer series. It takes from 2 to 8 seconds to define P.C.G (user generated characters, similar to sprites) with the Sharp X1 serie, while it takes only 0.5 seconds with the MZ-2500. It has features in common with the X1 series and will be replaced with these computers....

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   LATEST COMMENTS
MCbx
7/26/2016
MERA-ELZAB Meritum
About these countries, a small correction:
1. Floppy disk drives were Hungarian (very high fault rate) and later German. Theoretically they could be Bulgarian, as Bulgaria manufactured FDDs and disks these times. Eastern German 5.25" FDDs were mostly quite nicely working clones of Japanese Teacs.
2. Keyboard and case is Polish, as well as some chips made by Unitra CEMI and rarely TOMI. Keyboard is reed switch-based.
3. Many Meritum units have K565RU* memory chips, Soviet, not Bulgarian (has Bulgaria made memory chips these times?). 64K units may have Japanese/western chips as it was easier to get through bureaucracy and buy expensive western parts than to buy dense RAM from SU and slash yourself performing quality control again (Soviet export-grade chips had terrible quality control). Generally in silicon, chips in computers from Eastern block are East German (Z80-land VLSI chips), Polish (TTLs, rarely SRAM) or Soviet (all kinds), in some cases western/Japanese. Rarely Romanian (CMOS).

Steve
7/25/2016
OLIVETTI  M20
Hi, I''m still looking for an M-20 to buy. If I can''t find one I do have many old books
and some old software on floppy for an M-20
stecla1@gmail.com

amigaman
7/25/2016
COMMODORE  CDTV
wait you know i am amigaman ,and are jealous wish it where someone else.So you lie about everything. TS!!! . you guys bs dont know the real date you gust screw up here now you say 1990 for the cdtv ..wait wiki and the others say 1991 ..dav even says 1990 .wrong idiots is 1986 really aga was out in 1990 Mass Brothers sold cdtv in 1988.Look it up if you dare -all version where out by commodore in 1987., Oh I have a screen grab of all you morons making fooltards of yourselves.
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Svend Saustrup
7/24/2016
GEMINI  GALAXY
I sold quite a few of those at the time from my shop/workshop in Aarhus.
A brilliant machine that came with all documentation - even schematics for
all the boards in the machine. (I guess I still have the manuals somewhere).
We used to convert them to be used for entry to professional phototypesetters.
The MFB model was equipped with all the types of floppy drives and a program
to analyse and setup all diskette formats. Genious !!

Simon Anthony
7/24/2016
ACORN COMPUTER  BBC Model A / B / B+
Does anyone remember my software ? Did anyone actually use it? I once worked for ECS which branded my products. Does anyone remember my articles in Acorn User and Archimedes World ? - and Archive for that matter ?

I''m told my NewSaver prog was used in schools in Wales, UK not NS.

I''m just wondering...

Frank
7/22/2016
DURANGO F85
I have a Durango F85 incl. some discs and would like to sell it. Anybody interested?

Best regards
Frank

Elena
7/21/2016
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
I worked for Victor (Sirius) from 1982 to 1984. I miss those days.
Was the best job I had (other than being a mom) and have some good memories. I wanted to buy one of the computers but even with discount I couldn''t afford.

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