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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 (...

Little is known about this early computer from german company Triumph Adler. Hopefully, Rudolf L. Sch÷rger who worked there at the time, sent us some very precious information (in German): "1973 begann bei Triumph-Adler die Serienproduktion der TA 1000. Ich war damals im PrŘffeld tńtig. Nur mit einem Oszillografen ausgerŘstet, mu▀te ich defekte CPUs reparieren. Das ging nur deshalb, weil an die TA1000 ein Testtablau anschlie▀bar war. Mit diesem konnten auf der Hardwar...
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....
The V-20 is a classic MSX-1 computer. It's basicaly a V-10 with more memory....
FUJITSU  FM 77 Level 2
In 1979, Apple had seen a need to complete the Apple II series. After a visit to the Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) where he saw lots of new technologies (Ethernet network, GUI, OOP & Laser Printers), Steve Jobs (then chairman of Apple) decided to launch a graphical computer. After lots of work (and two rejected prototypes along the way), the Lisa was revealed in January 1983. Lisa was the original code-name. Supposedly, the Lisa was named after Steve Jobs' eldest daughter, Lisa Nicol...
SHARP  WD 2000
we are sorry but we have no information about this computer. It is a computer especially designed for Japan and it was never distributed elsewhere. It display japanese characters and is dedicated for word processing. If you have more info, please email us....
HITACHI  MB-6890 / Basic Master Level 3
This japanese computer seems quite powerful. The main board is located into the main case, under the monitor. Inside this main case there are 6 expansion slots which is quite enough ! Thus a lot of expansion boards were available (disk, printers, 8088, Z80 boards, etc). An interesting feature is that there's a little trap-door on the keyboard which reveals some cool control switches : a power switch, a text mode switch (80 / 40 columns), a reset button and volume control knob. Quite useful...
This computer was built at Meaux (France, Paris area) by Logabax which was owned by Olivetti at 65%. It was in fact the international version of the Olivetti M24. This was a highly PC compatible system. It means that it was truely hardware and sotfware compatible with the IBM PC of the time. Back then, all "PC compatible" systems were not exactly 100% compatible... so it was a real marketing argument for the Persona 1600. There were two true tests to know if ...
The Portfolio was one of the first, if not the first MSDOS compatible pocket computer. It was fully compatible with the IBM PC standard, although it was difficult to use software because of its very small screen. Its card drive can accept : - optional 32K, 64K or 128K memory (RAM) cards, - 64K or 128K programmable (PROM) cards, - 128K masked ROM cards, - and 512K Flash Memory cards. It had several built-in programs : - Worksheet: Lotus 1-2-3 File-compa...
The Commodore 64C was simply the original C-64 repackaged in in a beige C-128 style case. Internally, Commodore integrated most of the hardware onto a single VLSI chip. The new model did not differ much from its predecessor, the only innovation was the flatter case, which made the keyboard (which had off-white keys) more ergonomic (it looked like the C128 case), not as high as than the old one. But the new case did not only hav...

German advert (1983)

Kaypro II

Promotional picture

MICRAL 80/22

Promotional leaflet

Color Computer 2

New Zealand ad #2

SC 3000 / SC 3000H

French ad (jan. 1985...

SC 3000 / SC 3000H

Isaac Asimov #2

Color Computer

Semi-Tech brochure #...

Pied Piper

French ad (jan. 1980...


French ad (sept. 198...

TI 99 / 4A

UK advert (dec. 1979...

System 1

Promo pic #3

TO 7 / 70

German advert

BIT 60

1977 advert #1


French ad (jan. 1980...

AIM 65

French ad (dec. 1983...

Lemon II

U.S. advert(1982) #2


Apple Business Graph...


U.K. ad. (Aug. 1986)


M5 Japanese advert

M 5

French advert


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U.S. advert (1978)


French advert (sept....

LASER 200 / 210


At school we had the model I and the TRS80 model III was my first own computer. I still have it and it is still working and I also have lots of original documentation and tons of floppies. As I bought it once in Germany it has an extremely rare feature: German keyboard layout! So I''m very proud to have it $-) Would be happy to share memories about this machine if you like:

William (Bill) Vaughn
COMPUPRO System 816
I have a CompuPro 8/16 used in the Digital Research Dallas sales office for about two years before being put in storage (in the mid 80''s). Is there interest in this system? It seems complete (with documentation). It includes a S100 card cage module (with power supply) and a dual-drive 8" floppy drive module. I also have unpacked about 500 lbs of documentation, manuals and CP/M boxed (and loose) software.

Frank Franzoi
Hired in 1978, Laid off 1991...... Hired as a system engineer... Hi Bob etc... in Cleveland Oh.... Transfered to Detroit as Head honcho... Then became a sales person for the State of Michigan out of Lansing Mi... Had a Ball and sold over 6 million in equipment... And not a person in San Antonio would listen to us about total internet capability... Any how... got laid off and the company went away... am living off a pension etc but still miss the company and it''s capabilities that couldn''t be done because it was''t allowed by the lawyers ....

APPLE  Apple II clones
The most famous/infamous clone was the WOMBAT, trade name of a Taiwanese system sold in Australia. I think it was made by Bondwell, better known for CP/M systems.
Apple sued the distributor for patent/copyright infringement, winning the case and then going on to close down all the other clones.

Wozniak used the last bit in the video processor register to enable colour. Normally you would have needed at least 16kb to get four colours, the Apple would do it with just 4kb.

Unfortuneately, this meant that everything was based on multiples of 7 rather than 8, making it an absolute pig to program and very difficult to connect to the internet.

Ed Miska
I have a lot of info on OSI as I was selling them back in 1979-1980. I even still have a Challenger C3 without hard drive and a 19" rack supplied by OSI. I would be happy to help with anyone looking for details of the time.

I now regret dumping my Okidata 22 line printer, only two years ago. It still worked but had trouble with PC parallel port interface. The trouble was that the standard PC was sending something that woudl do a page eject about every two lines. This is an era before the laser printer. The paper was wide 15"(i think) tractor feed fanfold computer paper. A page eject on the Oki22 was very fast, about two seconds. (I was never able to find a PC driver for the printer.)

Benjamin Ashcroft
OMG. I remember this computer well. I was around 2 years old when my parents got this computer direct from the manufacturer down in Hornsby.
We had the version with the tape deck and programs usually took about half an to load. My first game I ever played was Frogger in green screen....I also remember playing a game that involved going around a set course and you had to avoid hitting the sides or any obstacles dotted around the course but I can''t remember the name of it!!!

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