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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
APPLE  MACINTOSH II
The Apple Macintosh II was launched in 1987 at the same time as the Macintosh SE. It was considered "revolutionary" because, for the first time, the Macintosh was expandable thanks to its internal slots and had colours (the previous Macintoshes all had monochrome displays). The Mac II also marked Apple's entry into the realm of serious computing. It used a more classic keyboard (which looked like a PC keyboard) and proprietary RGB monitor (see 'Read more' sec...
ZPA IQ-151
The IQ-151 was a Czechoslovakian home computer manufactured by ZPA Novy Bor (Novy Bor being the town where ZPA was based). It was mainly intended for educational purpose and was actually supplied to all types of Czech schools. The main peripheral was a standard cassette recorder, but several modules could be connected to 5 built-in expansion slots: VIDEO (display), BASIC (interpreter), BASIC G (graphic Basic interpreter), GRAFIK (256 x 512 graphics), STAPER (printer), MINIGRAF (plotter)
PANASONIC FS A1 FX
The Panasonic FS-A1 FX is a MSX2+ computer. MSX2+ computers were only produced by Panasonic, Sony and Sanyo. There were only available in Japan... The FS A1 FX had 64 KB RAM, 128 KB VRAM, built-in disk drive and A1 Cockpit Internal Software without FM-BIOS (MSX Music Basic ROM). It also features JIS 1st Class Kanji Support (128KB), but no built-in FM sound chipset, the sound cartridge was sold separately. Ren-Sha Turbo feature provides auto-fire mode whil...
IBM  PC AT
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...
SORD  IS-11c
This is an upgraded version of the original IS-11 computer. Basically, it has a much wider LCD screen (80 x 25), which means it's 6 times larger than the original IS-11 screen. The IS-11c is more wordprocessor and communication oriented than the IS-11, that's why wordprocessing and communication software are included, as welle as a Modem. The DB-PIPS package (spreadhseet, graphics, file manager) delivered with the IS-11 is there available on a ROM cartridge. ...
ADVANCED COMPUTER SYSTEMS ACS-1007
This single-unit computer was sold in France in 1980. There were in fact three models : - Series A with two tape-recorders, - Series B with one disk-drive, - Series C with a hard-disk (ACS-1740) ? Three languages were delivered with the system : Extended Basic, Fortran and Cobol. ...
SCIENTIFIC COMPUTER  SYMBOLICS 3600
This scientific computer had characteristics which were incredible. It had a 170 MB hard disk, when other computers used 10 MB hard disks! It was designed to make CAD or artificial intelligence applications. It used a graphic interface very similar to the Macintosh one (!) and was sold with a mouse. Several languages were supplied with the computer: Lisp, C, Fortran and, InterLISP (developed by Xerox). It used a custom CPU, the 68000 was used to run the keyboard, the mouse and to boot ...
R2E  PORTAL
The only display device is a very small LED screen (R2E said then that screen wasn't necessary with business computers, what were they thinking!). It has a built-in thermal printer (48 columns, 28 cps). It runs under Prologue and is sold with BAL, a business language (which is a mixture between Basic and Cobol). Notice that R2e is the company that made the first micro computer in 1972: the R2E Micral....
ATARI  ST BOOK
After the success of the Stacy, Atari presented a new portable computer: the ST Book. It was a rather nice toy: very light, impressive battery life, MIDI ports, battery-saved RAM, etc. The Hard Disk contains a small Null-Modem program to transfer files (very handy!). It has no internal floppy drive, the external floppy was a weird (and expensive!) unit that used the same interface as Atari's hard disks (ACSI). Despite its interesting characteristics, an...
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.

   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
DAIMAN
Indata Dai
Dialog Informatique - 1983
 game - eat them all - maze - pac-man
WIPE OUT
Arcade
RamTek - 1974
 game - ball and paddle
SPACE HARRIER (32X) (84505)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1994
 game - shoot them up
TENNIS
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
NFL FOOTBALL (PA2045)
Atari Lynx
Atari - 1992
 game - american football - nfl - sport
SQUASH PRACTICE
GI AY-3-8500 (4 games)
General Instruments - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - squash
FORTRESS OF NARZOD (VT3304)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5
 game - shoot them up - vector graphics
KUNG FOOD (PA2076)
Atari Lynx
Atari - 1992
 game - beat 'em up - scrolling
SUPER NOVA
Tandy TRS-80
Big Five Software - 1980
rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4
 game - shoot them up - space
PACHINKO (G-1027)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - pachinko
DRAGON SLAYER (24)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch, Nippon Falcom - 1986
 game - role playing game
SUPER MAHJONG (04)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - mahjong - mind games
POWER FACTOR (PA2109)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Hand Made Software (developer) - 1992
 game - platform
TV GOALEE
Arcade
Chicago Coin - 1974
 game - ball and paddle - football
COSMIC CARNAGE (32X) (84700)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1994
 game - 2d - beat 'em up

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French leaflet

SHARP
MZ-3500

 
French advert (april...

THOMSON
TO 9

 
Proud mother

THOMSON
TO 7

 
French advert (july ...

ORIC
ATMOS

 
Advert (july 1982)

SMT
Goupil 2

 
Nice ad (1983)

NEC
PC 6001

 
Memotech leaflet

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Advert #2

HONEYWELL
DDP-516

 
Japanese advertiseme...

NATIONAL
CF-2000

 
1978 brochure #4

MSI
6800

 
French brochure

COMMODORE
PC Compatible systems

 
U.S. Advert #5 (1980...

APPLE
APPLE II

 
U.S. advert (1982)

QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS
QDP-100

 
French advert#1 (198...

SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
close-up

RESEARCH MACHINES
Nimbus PC

 
Promo pic #6

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
US advert, September...

VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 3000

 
French advert #2

CANON
X-07

 
Italian ad #3

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
Newbrain brochure

GRUNDY
NEW BRAIN

 
Advert

COMMODORE
C64

 
UK advert, Oct 1983

COMMODORE
C64

 
1978 brochure #13

MSI
6800

 
1977 Advert #1

IMSAI
8048

 
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