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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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OLIVETTI  P6040
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...
OSBORNE CORP.  VIXEN
The VIXEN is bundled with CP/M 2.2, WordStar 3.3, Supercalc 2, MBASIC, a game called Desolation, Osboard Software (for drawing graphics), Media Master (to transfer data to MS DOS disks) and Turnkey to change some system features. The Osborne VIXEN was priced at $1298. An optional 10 MB hard disk could be added with an interface card (the hard disk was $1498, more than the computer !). Curtis A. Ingraham (who worked for Osborne) reports: The Osborne Vixen was i...
OLIVETTI  Prodest PC 128S
The Olivetti PC 128S was exactly the same machine as the Acorn BBC Master compact. It was sold only in Italy. Olivetti merely transformed the case design with nice blue and grey patterns and translated all the programs of the original Acorn Welcome disk, as well as the manual into Italian language. Although it was one of the most advanced 8-bit computer, the PC 128S, like its predecessor, the PC 128, didn't meet a large suc...
PANASONIC FS A1 GT
This system is a MSX Turbo R. It is one of the last MSX computer ever made. It is the successor of the MSX 2+ systems and thus has many characteristics in common. New features include a new PCM sound chip which can sample sound up to 15 KHz and replay up to 22 kHz. There is an internal microphone for the PCM unit. There is also an additional CPU, the R800 wich is a 16-bit RISC processor. The user can select the CPU (Z80 or R800) b...
ATT PC 6300
The PC 6300 was in fact an Olivetti M24 sold under the ATT brand. Launched a few months after the presentation of six new UNIX super-micro and mini ATT computers (march 1984), the PC 6300 was the first ATT system to be IBM PC compatible. It represented the low-end system of the ATT products. But the PC-6300 (and the Olivetti M24) was an excellent PC compatible system, twice faster than the IBM PC XT computer thanks to a real...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1000 HX
The Tandy 1000 HX is a member of the Tandy 1000 series family. See this entry for more info. The Tandy 1000 HX, released in 1987, was designed as another entry level IBM compatible personal computer and the successor to the EX. Like the EX, the HX was a compact computer with the keyboard built into the computer casing. The computer came with an Intel 8088 CPU, 256 KB of memory, and had one 720 KB 3.5" disk drive on the right s...
MUPID Mupid
The MUPID (Multipurpose Universal Programmable Intelligent Decoder) was originally mainly marketed as a Prestel (or BTX as it was called in Austria and Germany) terminal for the Austrian post office (that operated this service). However, contrary to numerous dumb videotext terminals used in various European countries, this one was actually a true home computer featuring a Z80 microprocessor, BASIC, a large amount of memory (128kB), a colour video interface and several I/O ports. It could be c...
SANYO  Wavy 3
This is apparently a classic MSX 1 computer, though this particular model is quite rare! Its particularity is to have three cartridge slots!...
AMSTRAD  NC 100
By 1992, once fast-growing Amstrad was struggling. Its reputation as a PC maker had been undermined by a batch of dodgy Seagate disk drives at the same time that bigger-name vendors were engaged in a price war, squeezing Amstrad out of the market. The NC 100, NC 150 and NC 200 were three products that its founder Alan Sugar was hoping would help revive the company's fortunes. Cutting edge, they were not. Both were based...
FUJITSU  Micro 16s
The Micro 16s was designed to be a powerful package of hardware and software in a professional business system. It offered a unique architectural design for the time: interchangeable microprocessors and thus operating systems. In fact most commonly used processors were Intel 8086 and Zilog Z80. One or two processor boards could be plugged into the Micro 16s and either one could be in control of the bus, the memory, etc. Fujitsu also planned to launch Motorola 68000, Intel 80286 and Zilog Z80...

   RANDOM ADVERTS
Italian ad #3

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
French ad (sept. 198...

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
US advert, Aug. 1983

OSBORNE CORP.
Executive

 
French advert #4

INDATA
DAI

 
The personable compu...

INTERTEC
SUPERBRAIN

 
French advert #1

INDATA
DAI

 
Z-2 1977 advert

CROMEMCO
Z-2

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

OHIO SCIENTIFIC
Superboard II

 
UK advert, Oct 1983

COMMODORE
C64

 
New Zealand Review

SEMI-TECH
Pied Piper

 
Promo pic #5

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
french advert (may 1...

COMMODORE
PET 30xx

 
1983 Badges

COMMODORE
C64

 
DMS-15

DIGITAL MICRO SYSTEMS
DMS-3/F

 
Jacquard brochure #4

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
Promo pic #4

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
1978 brochure #4

MSI
6800

 
U.S. advert (1980)

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
Apple accessories

APPLE
APPLE II

 
French advert (1978)

SINCLAIR
MK 14

 
Japanese advert (198...

NEC
PC 6601

 
French advert (june ...

SONY
Hit-Bit 75

 
1978 brochure #8

MSI
6800

 
U.K. price list

ACT
Apricot F1

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
matthew
3/31/2015
NEXT COMPUTERS  NeXT Cube
did you know the 040 nextcube was actually used for graphics design at id software at the time doom was made

Jim Moore
3/31/2015
OLIVETTI  PC 1
I still have one of these, it has not the DD floppy drives$ it has two 1.44MB DSHD drives. Oh, and just giving it a power on test before deciding what to do with it, you have the option on boot, during POST, as to whether or not to use Turbo Mode.

Now I know it works, I think I''ll blow the dust off a couple shrinkwrapped disks and load the thing up with DOS EDIT. After all, you don''t need four cores and 8GB of RAM just to type a document, right? For that matter I could go completely retro and do my HTML coding on the thing as well!

Marcelo
3/30/2015
TANDY RADIO SHACK  2000
Please, correct the release data, was introduced december 1983, not 1981.
Note that a XT compatible the same year of the orginal IBM PC release is a nonsense.

Richard Freeberg
3/30/2015
PROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY CORP  SOL - 10 / 20
I bought a used SOL 20 at at the Sunnyvale Swap Computer swap meet about 1979 or so. I used it to learn 8080 assembler. I still have it in the back room and have somehow protected it from the wife''s semi-annual "purge" of all that "junk". At the same swap meet in 79 I had the chance to purchase the original Intel 4040 prototype board from an old Intel engineer who was cleaning out his garage, for $5, cash. But since I had blown my wallet on the SOL, I didn''t have any money left! LOL Next year, the same engineer had realized what he had, and mounted and ''framed'' the 4040 board. It was NOT for sale...

Alberto Frenicchi
3/29/2015
ONTEL OP-1
During the years ''78 to 80'' , I was working for the italian Company Olivetti and together with Liciano Mazzeo, I was in charge of the quality assurance of OEM products. From Ontel we have been buying a word processor versione of the OPPO.1, I travelled a lot at that times to Woodbury, almost every month, and I had the privilege to know David Ophir, Moshe Nadby, David Shiffer, Frank Kirby, Bruce Komusin and many other ingeneers which I don''t remember the name of.
Everybody have been very good cooperative people and I''ve spent an unforgettable time with them from both the view points: professional and friendly.
All my greetings to all the people that shares with me the memorie of the Company and of the people that worked in it.
Alberto

uridium
3/29/2015
SCIENCE FAIR Microcomputer Trainer
It''s got 2k ROM and 64bytes of RAM, of which 48 are user addressable. Create a program and step through it, and you wrap at 49 bytes. It''s got a simulated instruction set. The underlaying chip the TMS1312 is an TMS1100 variant. The printed manual states this.

I still have one living and am writing a simulator. Anyone got a way to dump the PROM?

Martin
3/28/2015
SHARP  MZ 700
Me being in a Retro mood, I started re-coding some old MZ-700 games into a free Android app. Pity there is no real emulator so far.

At least Man-Hunt, Painful Man and Land Escape (so far) can now be shown to our minors to show them, where it all began...

Check out https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id$com.gumhold.RetroRunnerMZ


Long live those "poor" ASCII-graphics :)


Hope you like it,


Martin

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