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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 (...

IMSAI  8048
A soon as the Intel single chip microcomputer was available, IMSAI developped this single board computer. The 8048 processor offered integrated RAM, ROM, I/O, Timer/counter and interrupts. IMSAI added a 24 keys hexadecimal keyboard, a 9-digit LED hex display, 26 I/O lines connectors, 5 relays, Teletype and audio cassette interfaces. 2 Kb of ROM and 1 Kb. of RAM was intalled. Sockets was available for one additional Kb. The system was expandable up to 64 Kb. of RAM off board. The 8048 board was i...
The Jupiter ACE looks very similar to the Sinclair ZX 81. Actually, the designers of this computer, Richard Altwasser and Steven Vickers, played a major role in creating the Sinclair Spectrum. The ACE is very similar to the ZX 81, but has some extra features: it has a user port, and it can generate sound (the ZX 81 can't). It can also use RAM expansion modules for the ZX 81 smaller than 64KB via a small adapter. Its most significant ...
This computer, also known as the Talking Computer, was fully compatible with the Apple II and the CP/M operating systems thanks to its dual processor motherboard (6502 and Z80). It was manufactured by the Creative Technology Cie. which will later become wide-world known for its Sound Blaster cards. Cubic 99 also had a vocal synthesizer which allowed the user to record and to reproduce words in English or Chinese language. Several commands of the BASIC lan...
TELEVIDEO  Personal Mini PM/4T
The Mini PM/4T was the multi-user version of the Televideo PC compatible. A video terminal was used for interfacing directly to the system. The InfoShare Operating System can run many multi-user programs or execute most single-user MS-DOS programs. The PM/4T can be linked to up to four computers (PCs or Televideo's PM Workstation [a terminal]). It was sold for $6000, and a 16-user version was available at $9000. A $99 card was required to connect each PC to the system.
The Matra Alice 90 is the successor of the unsuccessful Alice 32 and is 100% compatible with this computer. This computer was designed, like its predecessor, to be used as a "first contact" computer. Genlocking allowed the user to use the computer and watch TV simultaneously. The ROM contains a version of the world famous Microsoft BASIC, but this version of BASIC can't access to the highest graphic mode (320x250), it could be accessed from the built-in asse...
The IBM PC AT was the successor of the PC and the XT. IBM added a lot of new features: they abandoned the old Intel 8086 to the Intel 80286, so the PC AT used new 16 bit expansion slots. The PC AT had a new version of the Microsoft OS: MS-DOS 3.0 which could manage the new 5.25" floppy disk format (1.2 MB), the new hard disk capacities (20 MB and more) and allowed file sharing. It had a new keyboard too (the same we use now, mo...
This is the successor of the Pasopia 5. It has improved sound and graphics. A cool feature was it was sold with three interchangeable colored panels, so it was possible to change the color of your computer any time you liked. There were blue, red and black panels....
The Tandy TRS-80 Model 12 was a business system intended to replace the Model II which was widely used as an accounting and management system by numerous small companies. Unlike Model II, it was a single board system with a white case instead of the typical dark grey one of previous TRS-80 models. It could be expanded by adding an optional card cage in which six expansion cards could be inserted, for example the monochrome high resolution card. However it was ...
The iPDS (Intel Personal Development System) was a portable system intended to support both hardware and software design and development for boards based on many different families of Intel microprocessors (8085 or 8088) or embedded microcontrollers (8031/8051/805X family). The unit was powered by an Intel 8085. It contained one floppy disc drive and a 64 KB bubble memory chip that could be used as a boot disk if no floppy disc was inserted. Through the I<...
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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did you know the 040 nextcube was actually used for graphics design at id software at the time doom was made

Jim Moore
I still have one of these, it has not the DD floppy drives$ it has two 1.44MB DSHD drives. Oh, and just giving it a power on test before deciding what to do with it, you have the option on boot, during POST, as to whether or not to use Turbo Mode.

Now I know it works, I think I''ll blow the dust off a couple shrinkwrapped disks and load the thing up with DOS EDIT. After all, you don''t need four cores and 8GB of RAM just to type a document, right? For that matter I could go completely retro and do my HTML coding on the thing as well!

Please, correct the release data, was introduced december 1983, not 1981.
Note that a XT compatible the same year of the orginal IBM PC release is a nonsense.

Richard Freeberg
I bought a used SOL 20 at at the Sunnyvale Swap Computer swap meet about 1979 or so. I used it to learn 8080 assembler. I still have it in the back room and have somehow protected it from the wife''s semi-annual "purge" of all that "junk". At the same swap meet in 79 I had the chance to purchase the original Intel 4040 prototype board from an old Intel engineer who was cleaning out his garage, for $5, cash. But since I had blown my wallet on the SOL, I didn''t have any money left! LOL Next year, the same engineer had realized what he had, and mounted and ''framed'' the 4040 board. It was NOT for sale...

Alberto Frenicchi
During the years ''78 to 80'' , I was working for the italian Company Olivetti and together with Liciano Mazzeo, I was in charge of the quality assurance of OEM products. From Ontel we have been buying a word processor versione of the OPPO.1, I travelled a lot at that times to Woodbury, almost every month, and I had the privilege to know David Ophir, Moshe Nadby, David Shiffer, Frank Kirby, Bruce Komusin and many other ingeneers which I don''t remember the name of.
Everybody have been very good cooperative people and I''ve spent an unforgettable time with them from both the view points: professional and friendly.
All my greetings to all the people that shares with me the memorie of the Company and of the people that worked in it.

SCIENCE FAIR Microcomputer Trainer
It''s got 2k ROM and 64bytes of RAM, of which 48 are user addressable. Create a program and step through it, and you wrap at 49 bytes. It''s got a simulated instruction set. The underlaying chip the TMS1312 is an TMS1100 variant. The printed manual states this.

I still have one living and am writing a simulator. Anyone got a way to dump the PROM?

Me being in a Retro mood, I started re-coding some old MZ-700 games into a free Android app. Pity there is no real emulator so far.

At least Man-Hunt, Painful Man and Land Escape (so far) can now be shown to our minors to show them, where it all began...

Check out$com.gumhold.RetroRunnerMZ

Long live those "poor" ASCII-graphics :)

Hope you like it,


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