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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 (...

The 2650 was first reviewed in the US magazine Radio-Electronics, in the April 1977 issue. This computer was supplied in assembled form with an Editor / Assembler. A 12K BASIC was also available on cassette tape or floppy if you had the HD interface. ...
The goal with the TK95 was to offer a true Spectrum compatible system with a case and keyboard as strong and convenient as a Commodore 64. The inside of the machine was neverthless quite similar to its predecessor, the TK-90, with some ROM improvements that increased the degree of compatibility and corrected some bugs (ROM No Maskable Interrupt) of the original Sinclair and Timex models. Two BASIC command were added, ...
Although the P6040 was very like a calculator, it was a real computer featuring 16 KB ROM, 2 KB RAM and a tiny BASIC programming language. A three position selector allowed to enter a BASIC program (LOAD position), execute (EXECUTE) or debug by running one instruction at a time (STEP). Sadly, out of the 2 KB of available RAM, only one was available for BASIC program and variables. Hopefully, an optional 2 KB RAM extension was available. Programs could be listed or executed using the red diode...
Little is known about this system. Help welcomed ! I.S.T.C. (Informatic SystŔmes TÚlÚCom) was a french company which was selling imported computers from USA, like the Apple II or the Compucolor. So it wouldn't be surprising if the ISTC 5000 was also an imported system. But which one ? We have not found the answer yet... It is a big system with a built-in 10'' amber display (80 x 25 characters) and one or two integrated 5.25''...
NEC  PC 8801 FE
As for the PC-88xx series, a lot of versions were released. In 1988, PC-98xx were already sold for hobby users. 8-bit machines were about to become history. The PC-8801FE was positioned as a low-cost entry machine but it did not succeed in the market. This machine did not have expansion slot, nor N88-BASIC disks (only disk-utilities were included), in order to reduce cost. But it had video-output and superimpose feature to enjoy games on a television. This was the sole new feature. However...
The 99/8 was intended as an upmarket companion to the TI 99/4A . Something like a small business computer. However, at TI they didn't think it would generate any income, so it was never released. It has built-in features which were optional in the 4A : The speech synthesiser and the Pascal UCSD ROM card. It is a prototype computer and was never marketed. _______________________ Very interesting information from CC Clarke
The following information comes from Death Adder : One of the rarest Commodore machines ever. Only very few units have been built with case, a few (more) without. As opposed to the widely held opinion, this computer is NOT called 'C64 laptop'. Commodore developed this 3 pounds laptop in 1984 and presented it to the public at the Consumer Eletronics Show in January 1985 (Winter CES). In contradiction to what you might think when y...
Although the HP-9825 was presented by HP as a desktop calculator with some computer features, it was really a desktop computer, in fact the first all-in-one computer everyone could use without being a computers guru. This system was lauched quite at the same time as the first personal systems (Altair 8800, Imsai 8080), however, its concepts and features were much more advanced but its price was about ten times the one of an Imsa...
SHARP  PC-1260 PC-1261 PC-1262
These small pocket computers were derived from the PC-1251. They had same keyboard and size. The main difference was the larger display, which now provided two lines with 24 characters, which was a great advantage, especially for BASIC programming. The built-in BASIC interpreter was also close to the PC-1251 interpreter. In 1984, the PC-1260 and PC-1261 were released. The only difference between these two was that the former had 4 KB RAM and the latt...
R.F.T. KC 85/3
The KC 85/3 was the successor of the KC 85/2. Improvements over the old system were more free RAM for programs (30 Kb instead of 18 Kb), a larger ROM (16 Kb over 4 Kb), which included the Basic interpreter (with the KC85/2, you had to load it from tape). Both CAOS and Basic interpreter also had some new commands, especially for graphics management but the Basic remains fully compatible with the 85/2 version. _____ Info provided by Stefan Goehler....

UK advert (feb. 1980...

MK 14

French advert #2

BBC Model A / B / B+

US advert


U.K. ad. (dec. 1985)

CPC 464

NorthStar brochure #...


French ad (dec. 1983...

Vegas 6809


Kaypro 10

German ad #2

MZ 700

US advert, September...

LASER 3000

US advert (1987)

1400 LT/FD/HD

French advert (1981)

ZX 81

US advert Sept. 1981

Color Computer

U.S. advert  Apr. 19...

PC 8801

First C-10 ad


An advertising

System I / II / III

US advert Oct 1983


First UK advert, Oct...

MTX 500 /512

Advert #1

ZX 81

8-page US advert #5

Portable III

US advert, August 19...

C128 - C128D

U.S. advert (1977) #...


US advert

SMC 70

Lisa 1 pin

LISA / LISA 2 - Mac XL

U.S. ad. June 1983

Kaypro II


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YAMAHA  CX5M Music Computer
I have an old cx5m that I am refurbishing - however it''s missing a couple of function keys. Does anyone know where I can pick up parts?

This was the first Unix system I ever worked with. I found it in a lab at my University and started teaching myself Unix.

The school saw what I was doing on my own time and hired me as a system administrator for their new Sun-2 as a freshman.

My how time has flown. Most people have forgotten all about the Fortune if they ever knew about it at all.

Robert Carnevali
This was my first real computer. My employer at the time had one and wanted to get a different model. They sold it to me by letting me pay weekly with a little out of my paychecks for a year. It had 384K RAM that I expanded to 640K. I also took out a floppy drive and added a 20MB hard drive. It did have a socket for an 8087 chip. The monochrome monitor was clear, but the PC released a ton of radio interference from the video adapter. The neighbor upstairs complained that when I''d load a video game on it, he could see the video on his television overpowering his own antenna reception. I gave it to a friend after I got a Northgate 386 PC. When she passed away, I helped clear out her apartment and it wound up getting thrown away. I still regret doing that as I''d love to have it back again. One day I''ll find one somewhere for sale.

I was Anderson Jacobson''s service manger in Philly (Jeffersonville), and we had a Hyperion as a sales demo. The Philly office only sold a few units, but we did use the demo as an office computer. I found it quite useful, and the bundled software was advanced for the time. It worked OK except for the floppy drives.

Paul Miller
I had an Atari 400 before this by the 550 was my first "real" computer. Like many others here I learned a lot about computers with it. I spent a ton of time on a bulletin board dedicated to the 550 in Michigan (Michigan Software I think?) over a 300 baud modem.

There was a 550-specific magazine at the time that I poured over every month. Someone published some assembler in there to control the speaker to make tones. I wrote a synthesizer/sequencer (callled Sanyo Synthesizer) using that and had it published in the same magazine, when I was in 7th grade. Someone also published some code to do smooth-scrolling and I used that to make a simple game with a space ship where you fly through some caves, and had that pubished as well.

The graphics were much better than the standard IBM PC and I wrote a lot of programs with colorful graphics and animation, spending a lot of time working out pictures on graph paper and turning them into bytes.

COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
This celebrative model was produced only in Germany in 1986 (about 350 units).
In 1984, there was only a "marketing gold sample" mase in USA for winter CES.

From 1982 to 1993, all models and Commodore 64 versions:
- C64 Silver Label
- C64 Breadbox
- Commodore 64C
- C64 Golden Edition
- C64 Aldi
- Commodore 64G
- Commodore 64GS
... others with "Commodore 64" brand

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