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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 (...

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ICL  Personal computer
In the early 70s, the British government whished an English computer company could compete with the world major manufacturers. Some years later, the ICL company became one of the larger manufacturer of computers in Europe and did really compete with U.S. companies. In 1980, before the ICL Personal Computer was born, the company met serious financial problems, the English government paid several million pounds and ICL asked the British RAIR CIE to provide the ICL-PC hardware. This ICL Personal ...
R2E  Micral 8020 Series
This computer was basically the same as the Bull 80/22. However, the machine seems to have been designed by the team of R2E after the company was bought by Bull in 1978. It was first designed as an opened business system intended to be integrated into company networks. However, some time later, Bull got a significant part of the French educational market, so the R2E system was adapted to meet the Department of Education requirements and became the Bull 80/22....
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  CHALLENGER II
This computer is based on the MODEL 500 CPU board. It is actually a Super Kit (see Model 500) assembled with a cassette interface and a keyboard. OHIO Scientific presented two enhanced versions of the Challenger IIP : the Challenger II Disk Systems and the Challenger III. The Disk System version came with 16 KB of RAM (expandable to 192 KB)instead of ROM BASIC and one or two 8'' F.D. drives. The disk BASIC was automatically loaded ...
OLIVETTI  Prodest PC 128
The Prodest PC-128 was a rebadged and slightly redesigned version of the French Thomson MO6 Apart from case design touching up, technical features was the same as the MO6. This machine seems having been sold in very small quantity in Italy. ...
MICROWRITER Microwriter
Microwriter was not really a computer, but a very original pocket word processing system, designed in 1980 by Endfield Cie in the USA and later manufactured in the UK. It used a keyboard with only 6 keys which made it possible to keyboard all the alphabet letters, numerals and punctuation marks. The typing method used the letters shape likeness and only one hand was necessary to type text. It only required a few hours to get used to keyboard and then typing speed could be very fast. The inter...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 MODEL I
The Tandy TRS 80 model 1 was the first member of one of the most famous computer family. It was one of the first home computer and was launched at the same time as famous computers like the Apple II or the Commodore PET. Beside, Tandy competitors nicknamed was "Trash-80". The TRS-80 was developed was developed within the Radio Shack engeneering group, based upon several processor chips, SC/MP, PACE, 8008, 8080 and finally the Z8...
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  C2
Little information about this C2 system composed of a computer case and a separate floppy drives case. The system pictured is a C2-OEM-4. [OEM] means it could be bought by other computer companies that could put their own brand label on the case. [4] means dual case version. The main system was based on an 8 slot backplane (ref. 580), a 6502 processor board, along with a floppy disc controller and a serial port for the video terminal (ref. 505), and 3 x 16 KB static RAM boards (ref. 520). ...
MOTOROLA  EXORSET 30
The Exorset was designed by Motorola firstly to be a development kit for the MC6809 and Motorola systems. It has a built-in green 9'' monochrom screen and two 5''1/4 floppy-drives. It runs under XDOS (a compatible MDOS operating system). It is sold with a compiled Basic (BASICM), a text editor and an assembler. Douro reports us : The Motorola Exorset-30 has amazing graphic and sound capability. A modified version of this hardware is used in Williams arcade machines !...
MICRODIGITAL TK EXTended
TK Extended was a local version of PC-XT, launched by Microdigital in 1988. To minimize the technological gap between American and Brazilian models, the manufacturer offerred an upgrade card, named Cometa 286 (Comet 286), which goal was to replace the processor with a 7.15 MHz 20286 Intel processor, and also a 20287 math co-processor. This model marked the end of Microdigital, the same manufacuter of TK family, which included Sinclair ZX-81 (TK-85...
ONTEL OP-1
About Ontel OP-1 systems and Ontel company, Bob Hanrahan sent us this testimony: Memories of Ontel, Woodbury NY I worked for Ontel Corporation from 1979 to 1982, designing various controller boards for their line of 8008/8080/8085 based computer terminals. The OP-1 computer family included their high end 64K DRAM system called the OP-1/64. The OP-1/64 had a 10 card backplane (similar to VME) allowing it to be configured as a terminal, wo...

   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
FLIPPER PINBALL I / PINBALL I
Atari Video-Pinball (C380)
Atari - 1977
 game - pinball
MINIATURE GOLF (CX2626)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1978
 game - mini golf - sport
BRUTAL UNLEASHED - ABOVE THE CLAW (32X) (T-8301B)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Alternative Reality Technoligies (developer), Gametek (publisher) - 1995
 game - 2d - beat 'em up
TABLE TENNIS
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - ball and paddle - ping pong - sport - table tennis - tennis
HYPER BARRIER PONG
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
LUNAR LANDER
Compucolor
Compucolor (publisher) - 1978
 game - gravity - space
BONUS PINBALL / DELUXE PINBALL / SHOOTING GALLERY / SHOOT THE BEAR (cartridge #3)
Coleco Telstar Arcade
Coleco - 1977
 game - pinball - shooting gallery
DUEL
Indata Dai
Dialog Informatique - 1983
 game - fencing - middle ages - pirate
ALIEN INVASION (VIDEOCART-26)
Fairchild Channel F
Zircon International Inc. - 1979
 game - shoot them up
TYPING TUTOR
Tandy TRS-80
Microsoft - 1979
 misc - typing tutor
MISSILE COMMAND 3D (J9097E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Virtuality Entertainment (developer) - 1995
 game - 3d - shoot them up
LODE RUNNER
Sharp X1
Br°derbund Software, Soft Pro International - 1984
 game -
CHAMPION SOCCER (G-1034)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1984
 game - football - sport
CHEMISTRY MATH (26-3708)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application - chemistry - mathematics - science
YAMATO (G-1008)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - naval battle - shoot them up

   RANDOM ADVERTS
First US ad.

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS-80 Model 12

 
In schools #3

BULL
MICRAL 80/22

 
French advert (1987)

ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS
Z-171 PC

 
Jacquard brochure #5...

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
US advert, Apr. 1986

COMMODORE
C128 - C128D

 
US advert, Oct. 1981

APPLE
APPLE II+

 
US ad. June 1983

DYNALOGIC
HYPERION

 
French advert (1984)

EXELVISION
EXL 100

 
1977 advert #2

IMSAI
8048

 
French ad (dec. 1987...

COMMODORE
Amiga 500

 
DAK advert (US, 1986...

VISUAL TECHNOLOGY
Visual 1083 / Commuter

 
US advert, August 19...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Z-2H 1980 advert

CROMEMCO
Z-2

 
French advert

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM +2

 
Advert #6 (1982)

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Popular Electronics

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
Tandy 1988 catalog

TANDY RADIO SHACK
1000 SX

 
Advert #3

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
Japanese advert #2

CANON
X-07

 
First UK advert, Oct...

MEMOTECH
MTX 500 /512

 
Promotional picture

SMT
Goupil 2

 
Christmas 1982

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer

 
U.S. advert (1977) #...

POLYMORPHIC
POLY 88

 
French ad #3 (1984)

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
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