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   LATEST ADDITIONS
BANDAI Arcadia
The Bandai Arcadia, is the same system as the Emerson Arcadia 2001, but sold in Japan. Please see this entry for more detailed informations. The Arcadia 2001 clones includes : Advision Home Arcade (France), Bandai Arcadia (Japan), GiG Electronics Leonardo (Italy), Hanimex HMG-2650, Leisure-Dynamics Leisure-Vision, Intercord XL 2000 system, Eduscho / Tchibo Tele-Fever, etc... It...
BANDAI TV Jack 5000
The TV Jack 5000 from Bandai released in 1978 is one of the first cartridge based system from Japan. It's the equivalent of european and american systems like the Hanimex SD-050, Acetronic Color TV Game, Prinztronic Micro 5500, SHG Blackpoint, Binatone Cablestar, Radofin telesports, etc. There have been tons of systems like these. The TV Jack 5000, like all these systems, use cartridges based on General Instruments chipsets which offers different games on each chip. That's why all these sy...
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...
UNIVERSUM Multispiel 2006
Basic pong system based on the popular AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments....
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...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
COMMODORE  CBM 700 Series
The Commodore 700 series featured the same hardware basis as the 600 series but had a built-in tilt-and-swivel monochrome 12" monitor, a detachable keyboard and housing for two 5.25" floppy drives. It was said that the 5/6/700 cases were designed by Porsche, not the more familiar Porsche auto factory, but the separate Porsche Design firm. Three version were also available: • 710 (CBM 128/80 in USA): 128 KB RAM • 720 (CBM 256/80): 256 KB RAM • 730 (CBMX 2...
COMMODORE  PET 200
The PET 200 is a rebadged version of the Commodore 8032-SK which is itself the same model as the 8032 with a rounded shape design and a separate keyboard. This design was used later on the CBM-II series computers. It is said that Ferdinand Porsche was involved in this design. It's not true since he died just a few years after the end of World War II. In fact, Commodore enlisted the services of Porsche Design, a separate firm from the famous car maker that specia...
MATRA MAX 90
Like the MAX 20, the MAX 90 was derived from the AX 25, a computer designed by Axel, a small and innovative French company. It was an almost PC-compatible system including some rare features at that time: 8 MHz 8088 processor, high resolution capability, and especially one or two 5.25" floppy disk drives of 2.7 MB capacity each. To our knowledge, it's the highest capacity ever seen for a 5.25" floppy drive unit. A few thousa...
DRAGON DATA LTD  Dragon 64
The Dragon 64, launched in 83, was exactly the same computer as the Dragon 32, except that it had 64k RAM instead of 32k, an OS9 operating system and a RS232C connector. The Extended Basic has been modified to provide RS232 I/O calls, to remove the USR bug present in the Dragon 32 ROM and to add calls allowing the additional interpreter to be invoked. This second interpreter was the same Extended Basic re-compiled to run from a higher memory address and store...
ORIC NOVA 64
The NOVA 64 seems to be a legal copy of the Oric Atmos for the Yugoslavian market. Here is what the Oric FAQ by Jim Groom says : "A Yugoslavian company (believed to be Avtotehna, based in Ljubljana) obtained a licence to make 5000 machines. Machines were made, but whether they were under license or not is not known in any detail. It is thought that they assembled parts shipped from the UK. I have a contact in Yugoslavia who says there were several in his village and about 30 in a schoo...
ACORN COMPUTER  Archimedes A5000
The Acorn A5000 was an all new model of the Archimedes family replacing the A540. It had 4 slots like previous models but a larger wider case making it look like a workstation computer. It was built on the new fast ARM3 processor as used in the A4 laptop. VGA output and new extra screen modes were introduced as well using cheap standardised IDE hard disks. The keyboard was the quality 'Brisbane' model as used on the previous high end Acorns. (Or could 'Brisbane' be the codename for the A...
COMMODORE  PET 30xx
The CBM 3xxx and 4xxx series were revisions of the original PET 2001. The range was rebranded CBM (Commodore Business Machine), as PET was dropped. The 3xxx series introduced the 3000 series ROM sets, BASIC v3, and a completely redesigned keyboard layout, which used a full typewriter keyboard instead of the "mickey mouse" keyboard of the PET, and dropped the on-board cassette unit....
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
Photograph of the desktop console of the world's first microcomputer system. It utilized the Intel 8008 single-chip microprocessor. The computer system was developed and manufactured by Q1 Corporation. They delivered the first microcomputer system to the Litcom Division of Litton Industries in Melville, Long Island on December 11, 1972 (and a second system in February, 1973). In April 1974 Intel introduced the second-generation, single-chip 8-bit microprocessor, the 8080. Until then, Q1 syst...
APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES  Microbee 128
The Microbee computers were popular in Australia where they equipped many schools. But these computers also sold well in Scandinavia or Sweden for example. The Microbee 128 and its extended version, the Premium series, were housed in the same case as the Microbee 32 but had four additional cursor keys. they shipped with a 5.25" or 3.5" single or double disk drives unit. Both 128 and Premium versions boasted improved graphics over the earlier machines, colour as standard and many other deta...
ATARI  VCS 2600
A new generation of games was born in the summer of 1977, a new concept revolutionizing leisure will let small leading and foreseeing companies make billions of dollars. Although the Atari VCS is not the first video game console ever, it will become a star while beginning in November of 1977. Millions of young players will hold it as mankind’s best invention ever. The first console idea was developed in 1975 by Atari and Warner Bros, its parent company. Initially the console was set to c...

   LATEST COMMENTS
maxra
8/22/2019
HONEYWELL DDP-516
"The best toy I ever found in GDR"
DDP516 cloned for KRS4200

In the early 70ts or late 60ts somebody has carried some boxes with electronics over the iron boarderline ...
In the eastern germany, GDR, in german: DDR, the guys of ROBOTRON reengenierd this arpa-net-"router" and build a funny nice toy driven by the operators mostly by a typewriter.
( papertape, drums, magnetic-tape also)

the best thing was the bootloading process, operated through the binary "console". Not so nice styled like the original, but with stable working buttons, - so if not in cold mornings the buttons were jumping around. But in seconds they were touched back ...

Very much fun, when the operating girls searching for the buttons around the mt-device and under the drum-section ...

But back to the facts:
KRS4200 has also rewritten opcodes: all the abbreviations stand for german words. So also was developd a "german speaking" BASIC.

In the middle of the 80 were so many "KRS" devices in the GDR, that a special hardware-emulator device emulating KRS was developed for the GDR - PDP11-derivat A6400 (This was the follower-device past KRS in the planing-economy of the GDR.). The result: my moonlanding game (commandline driven) was 10 times faster then on original KRS.

Today are only 2 or 3 devices in some museums. One you can find in "technische Sammlungen Dresden".

The guys of Halle-Computer-museum have some nice old pic of the device:
here some with a best looking DDR-folklore-sheet under the console:
http://www.robotrontechnik.de/bilder/Grossrechner/R4200/R4200_8_k.jpg

here is the website with some stuff around KRS4200:
http://www.robotrontechnik.de/index.htm?/html/computer/r4200.htm

N. Fleschy
8/21/2019
TANDY RADIO SHACK  2000
I loved my Tandy 2000 with its 3 volumes of instructions, including one for Basic, one for MSDos and one for Multimate.
It also had an Edline program for making a simple data base.
A program on one disc allowed for converting Multimate files to simple ASCII which allowed me to convert to be usable on a later computer. It was a workhorse. I was not interested in games, but more important was the ease of typing and editing a document. The printer did a nice job. It certainly beat using a typewriter!

Richard E Sgrignoli
8/20/2019
NEC  PC 8801
I was in the Air Force stationed in Japan (Misawa Air Base), and I bought the PC-8801n in Aomori, Japan with my reenlistment bonus in April 1982. The manuals were all in Japanese, so I hadn''t really been able to use it to its full potential. I used it for the next five years until I bought a Dell System 25, but the PC-8801 (now my secondary computer) lasted for about 12 years (until 1994) when it became inoperable due to the post office damaging the 8" dual drive when I shipped it from one duty station (Key West) to the next (Hawaii).

Marvin Johnston
8/20/2019
POLYMORPHIC  POLY 88
I probably have the worlds largest collection of remaining Polymorphic drawings, boards, etc. While I am not very quick on responding... too much stuff :)..., I may be able to help with information. My collection includes four or five Poly 88s, a Poly 8810, Poly 8813, and maybe around 200 spare boards in various stages from partially built to complete and tested plus two filing cabinets full of Poly documentation. My next project will be to start archiving all the software. I probably have several thousand Poly disks, both 5 1/4" and 8", so this will take a while!

Corey Lynch
8/19/2019
TANDY RADIO SHACK  Color Computer 3
Michael Devenney, I am definitely interested. please E-mail me at the.lynchster@gmail.com

Mark (Michigan)
8/18/2019
SEEQUA  CHAMELEON
I got mine at a computer show in Detroit when the computer was about a year old. It still fires up. I did have to replace the power supply. (try to find one!) I wish they would make a Windows, Mac dual boot laptop!!!

technology history junky
8/16/2019
R2E  MICRAL-N
nitpick: it is not fair description to call the 8008 "8-bit 4004".
the 4004 was very limited intel in-house design, and not much was left from this - i think the 4040 and there the dynasty ends/

the 8008 was built to CTC instruction set, same as datapoint 2200, which was a reasonably capable processor. (interesting tidbit is that CTC also asked TI to build one, not just intel. they came up with a chip, and had samples, but very few people ever saw one, let alone a working circuit with one).
its weaknesses were the straight jacket of 18-pin package, and only 14 address bits, so only 16K.
the 8080 added a lot more than just the 40-pin package and 16 address lines, but it''s hard to argue that those were the main difference.

it is fair to say that the 8008 was closer to the 8080 which started the revolution than to the 4004/ i believe the instruction set of the 8008 is the foundation of the 8080, which was the foundation of the 8086, and all the way to the intel engine which still runs the world to this day.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
AFTER BURNER COMPLETE (32X) (84507)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1994
 game - plane - shoot them up
BASEBALL (TV ARCADE IV) (18V403)
RCA Studio II
RCA - 1977
 game - baseball - sport
ASTRO COMMAND (#9)
Epoch Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1983
 game - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up - space
PONG
Atari Super Pong (C140)
Atari - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
BATTLE VADER (#5)
Epoch Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1982
 game - shoot them up - space
FIGHT FOR LIFE (J9037E )
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari - 1996
 game - 3d - beat 'em up
MASTERMIND
Commodore Vic 20
Commodore (publisher), Ivan Berg Software (developer) - 1982
 game - quiz - text only
HOCKEY
Magnavox Odyssey 300
Magnavox - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
THE GOONIES
Sharp X1
Konami - 1986
 game - platform
ART MASTER (VT3601)
Vectrex
GCE - 1983
 misc - animation - paint program - vector graphics
MINIATURE GOLF (CX2626)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1978
 game - mini golf - sport
CHAMPION ICE HOCKEY (C-59)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1985
 game - hockey - sport
BLACKTHORNE (32X)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Blizzard Entertainment (developer), Interplay (publisher), Paradox Development - 1994
 game - platform
SUBMARINE
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - naval battle - submarine
DESERT FOX / SHOOTING GALLERY (VIDEOCART-02)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1976
 game - duel - shooting gallery - tank

   RANDOM ADVERTS
French ad (dec. 1983...

RAIR MICROCOMPUTER
Business Computer

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

COLUMBIA DATA PRODUCTS
MPC

 
1978 brochure #20

MSI
6800

 
DMS-15

DIGITAL MICRO SYSTEMS
DMS-3/F

 
Advert #1

MICRODIGITAL
TK-85

 
Advert (february 198...

SMT
Goupil 2

 
Japanese advert

SONY
Hit-Bit F1XD

 
French advert

EPSON
HC / HX-20

 
German advert

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Brochure #3

SORD
M-100ACE

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

I.S.T.C. (INFORMATIC SYSTČMES TÉLÉCOM)
5000

 
Japanese advert

TOSHIBA
PASOPIA 7

 
promotional picture

MATTEL ELECTRONICS
Aquarius

 
french advert (jan. ...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL III

 
Advert #1

SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
Commodore watches!

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
U.K. ad (Mar. 86)

AMSTRAD
PCW 8256 / 8512

 
French advert (jan. ...

YENO
DPC-64

 
Advert (May 1984)

BRANDT ELECTRONIQUE
Ordinateur de Jeu JO7400 (JOPAC)

 
M5 Japanese advert

SORD
M 5

 
U.S. ad #2 (1982)

NORTHSTAR
Advantage

 
U.S. advert (1983)

EPSON
QX 10

 
US advert Oct 1983

APPLE
APPLE II+

 
8-page US advert #3

COMPAQ
Portable III

 
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