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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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HITACHI  MB 6892 / Basic Master Level-3 Mark-5
The advanced versions of the Basic Master series. There were 281 predefined characters available. Technical information comes from J.Kubota Museum....
FUJITSU  FM 11 AD
The FM-11 was announced as a higher-end model of the FM-8 in November 1982, simultaneously with the mass market FM-7 machine. The FM-11 series was intended to be used in offices. FM stands for "Fujitsu Micro". The FM-11AD was released as the same time as the FM-11EX and FM-11ST. The FM-11ST is a cut-down version of the FM-11AD: F-Basic built-in ROM and no floppy disk drives on standard model. Ja...
SPECTRAVIDEO  SV 318
The Spectravideo SV-318 has characteristics very close to the MSX machines (same video, sprites, sound, I/O, etc.). It was even sold as an MSX computer in some places, but it is not fully MSX compliant and can't use MSX programs. Notice that instead of using cursor keys, the Spectravideo uses a small joystick, which emulates cursor keys. The photo above shows the SV318 with its expansion base. This provides 64 KB RAM, a 80 column video and a floppy disk con...
UNISYS Icon
The ICON workstation and LEXICON file server were originally designed by Cemcorp, the Canadian Educational Microprocessor Corporation, specifically for use in Canadian schools. They were first produced by Burroughs then took the name of Unisys when Burrough and Sperry merged to form Unisys. Up to about 20 diskless workstations got everything off of the central file-server. They ran QNX, a flavour of Unix operating system with optional GUI shell. The ...
AMPERE  WS 1
This was a very unique system with an extraordinary design. It was conceived by Ampere and produced by Nippon-Shingo in 1985. Sadly, it failed the US FCC certification tests and so was not available on the US market, which helps explain why it is so rare nowadays (along with its high price and narrow-targeted market)... One of the main characteristics of the Ampere WS-1 was the use of the APL programming language : an interpreted language extremely synthetic and very rich. APL ...
ACORN COMPUTER  System 1
This 6502 modular system was the first computer produced by Acorn in 1979. It was basically the same type of computer as competitors offered at that time (KIM-1, MK14, Nascom, etc...) : a 6502 or Z80 CPU (in this case, a 6502) mounted on a simple "naked" board, with a one-line display and a hexadecimal keyboard. The System 1 is no exception : it featured an eight-digit seven-segment LED display,...
YAMAHA  YIS-503 / Diabolik
This Yamaha computer is specialised in music and sound production. In fact it is a classic MSX 1, but if you bought the special Yamaha synthesizer and piano keyboard, then it was clearly different. You got 48 pre-recorded sounds with a quality really surprising for that time, and as it is real synth, you could change or create you own sounds. The YIS-503 is in fact the same computer as the Yamaha CX5M, but it has not got the SFG-...
MULTITECH  MPF-III/312
After the MPF 2, compatible with the Apple II+, Multitech introduced the MPF3 in 1983 at the Las Vegas CES. It was compatible with the Apple IIe but, like the MPF2, had no real success. The MPF-III was released in two versions. The initial one was the /312 which used PALs and LSTTL logic. Later the /327 version was released and this used MMU and IOU ASIC chips just like the Apple IIe. The /327 ma...
IBM  5140 Convertible
IBM had little luck with it's portable models, and realized to keep up, they needed a laptop. IBM came up with the 5140, it was a laptop that could be converted into a main desktop in seconds. The LCD screen detaches for a color CRT to be attached. IBM didn't sell many of these due to the fact the LCD was not backlit, and conpetition was less expensive. The IBM 5140 was available in two models, the 2 and the 22; the only difference being the 22 came with diagnostics software. IBM saw littl...
SHARP  X1 Turbo III
The X1 Turbo III is the successor of the X1 Turbo II. It is equiped with a new floppy disk-drive (1.2 MB instead of 320 KB)....

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1977 Advert #1

IMSAI
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German advert (1983)

KAYPRO
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French advert (1987)

ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS
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OLIVETTI
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COMPAQ
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ATARI
MEGA ST

 
US advert (1987)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
1400 LT/FD/HD

 
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TOSHIBA
PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

 
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TOSHIBA
HX-10

 
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SORD
M 170

 
Advert

APPLE
APPLE III

 
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NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
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POLYMORPHIC
System 8813

 
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ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
ACS-8000

 
French advert (1983)

SYMAG INFORMATIQUE
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French advert (septe...

HEATHKIT / ZENITH
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ACORN COMPUTER
Archimedes

 
French ad (may 1984)

MULTITECH
MPF-1 A/B

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
George C
2/15/2019
CANON  AS-100
I was a Canon Dealer from 1983 to the late 90s. The AS-100 was the first personal computer we sold. Software was limited but we has some success selling these for general accounting applications. We had our most success with the ATHENA. I ended up tossing three AS-100 in the dumpster but they were all in working order. We built a cabinet with wheels about the size of a small refrigerator which allowed us to transport the AS-100 to prospect sites. Can''t believe we did that.

Walsh Robert
2/7/2019
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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Carl Plumer
2/5/2019
ACT Apricot Portable
I''m very interested in acquiring the beautiful Apricot PCs, manuals, after market books, etc., and peripherals. Means a lot to me and I will treat them all like fragile crystals of pure joy. Ping me at carlsplumer AT gmail DOT com if you want to chat about your Apricot stuff. Cheers!

Martin How
2/5/2019
FORTUNE 32:16
I bought one of these in 1983/4 to replace an IBM 5110. It was my first UNIX experience. I learned to program in C using Informix and the C integration library to batch process and add event code it Perfrom forms. We had a 40Mb disk and an extra SCSI disk and expansion cabinet with a serial port expander for 8 people. PSUs were a bit flakey with the caps blowing up, but we quickly learned to pull the plug at the first sound of fizzing on start up.

We replaced it in 1989 with an Acer Altos running SCO System. Mostly the business runs MS but we still run some UNIX today.

For fun i now programme and build hardware for the raspberry Pi still using to old skills gained on the Fortune 32:16

Gary Nelson
2/4/2019
IBM  AN/FSQ-7
I was a first generation USAF "BlueSuit" graduate of the IBM Kingston training program in 1961$my job code was 30551. I was a computer repairman and later computer operator of the Q7 at Duluth Air Defense Sector (DUADS). One topic I have not seen mentioned was the fact that many of the voltages that ran the computer came from motor-generators that were controlled by the computer itself. The pentode tubes were designed so that, when run at lower or higher than normal voltage, they would fail. By this means, the failure rate of 48000 tube system could be acceptably low.

Don
2/2/2019
IBM  PC Junior
I have a PCjr for sale - original boxes, 2 keyboards, 2 joy sticks, 8 games, 10 magazines and all original books - guide to Operations, Basic book, Hands on Basic, IBMPCjr sample disk.

Loren
2/2/2019
COMMODORE  PET / CBM 40xx
Hi! I created a DIY 3D Printing project to build your own fully working Commodore PET Mini, just like this one! Take a look at it here: https://commodorepetmini.com

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