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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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DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION 300 Professional series
In conceiving the Professional 300 series, DEC designers decided that new machines must be able to perform several tasks at once, apply the same user interface, communicate efficiently and use the same software as Digital's popular microcomputers. These personal computers were really desktop-sized versions of the PDP-11, one of Digital's popular minicomputer. Both models shared the PDP-11 instruction set and memory management. Both had an operating system based on Digital's RSX-11M+. For the ...
IMSAI  VDP 80
The IMSAI VDP-80 was the first commercially succesful business computer, accounting for almost 50% of the store sales where I worked at the time. It was delived with 48 KB or 64 KB of RAM, and newer systems offered the Persci 299, double-sided, double density floppy drives. Both models of Persci (277 or 299) were a dual drive with a shared voice coil positioner in the center. The primary CP/M applications were Electric Pencil or Wordstar which made them a hit in law offices. FMS-80 (databa...
SONY  Hit-Bit 101
The HB-101 is a standard MSX1 system. It was produced in red and black cases (the red version being sold in Japan only). It has a handle that can be pulled on the front of the keyboard to carry it easily. It also has a "Pause" Key which can freeze any program. A little joystick could also be inserted onto the cursor keys. There is the same built-in software (Personal Data Bank) found on the HB-501. It is composed of an agenda, a memo and an address manager. ...
HITACHI  H2
The Hitachi H2 is a MSX 1 computer with 64 KB RAM and a built-in tape recorder. It can be easily carried thanks to its big handle......
NIXDORF PC 05
The Nixdorf PC 05 was made by Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Ind.). It was same machine as the Panasonic FH-2000. It was sold only in Germany, either under its own brand name, or under the name of companies which used it for custom applications....
HONEYWELL H316 - Kitchen computer
And now something for the ladies... Torin Darkflight kindly sent us following information and picture about this rather weird machine: "This odd-looking and almost laughable computer was released by Honeywell under the official name H316 Pedestal Model, but was featured on the cover of a Nieman-Marcus catalog under its more commonly-known name, the "Kitchen Computer". The Kitchen Computer is most likely where the classic recipe storage clichÚ originated, as this wa...
PHILIPS  VG 8020
The Philips 8020 belongs to the MSX 1 family. In fact, it wasnt't built by Philips, but, as the Yashica MSX, built by Kyocera in Japan. The VG8020 comes in 3 different versions : 8020/00 are first PAL models, 8020/19 Secam models (black case) and 8020/20 PAL models with a more integrated motherboard. There is another difference between the Secam and Pal models, one missing key. The Pal versions have one key at the right side of the right SHIFT key which is miss...
GRADIENTE Expert Plus
The Gradiente Expert Plus is a Brazilian MSX 1 computer. It is composed of two parts: the main unit and the keyboard. Gradiente is a Brazilian consumer electronic products company. It is not suprising as the unit's design looks like a HI-FI system... Along with the Hot-Bit, the Experts were the only MSX systems available in Brazil. The first model (Expert XP-800) was in fact a clone of the National CF-3000. It is a quite complete MS...
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...
LUXOR  ABC 80
In August 1978, first units of the "Advanced Basic Computer for the 1980s", in short ABC-80 left the Swedish Luxor factory. A few months earlier, Luxor contracted with two other companies, Scandia Metric and Data Industrier AB (DIAB), to build the first totally Swedish computer. Scandia Metrics which had previous experience of computer based products designed the main board, DIAB manufactured the chips, while Luxor, one of the biggest TV set manufacturers, built the monitor, case and keyboar...

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French ad. June 1983...

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-9816

 
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ORIC
ORIC 1

 
U.K. ad. (dec. 1985)

AMSTRAD
CPC 464

 
1978 brochure #8

MSI
6800

 
Advert (january 1982...

SMT
Goupil 2

 
Creativity built-in

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
US advert Oct 1983

APPLE
APPLE II+

 
French advert #1

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Model A / B / B+

 
Micro7 coverpage (se...

EXELVISION
EXL 100

 
Charlie Chaplin #2

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
Advert #1

SMT
Goupil G4

 
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ADD-X SYST╚ME
SMP-8

 
US advert, July 1985

IBM
PC AT

 
First advert

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
U.S. advert (1977) #...

POLYMORPHIC
POLY 88

 
US brochure (recto)

SANYO
MBC-1000

 
French ad (dec. 1986...

MULTITECH
MPF-1 Plus

 
End of life

TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

 
Plus3 advert

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
Semi-Tech brochure #...

SEMI-TECH
Pied Piper

 
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NEC
PC 8801

 
French brochure fron...

ORIC
ATMOS

 
French advert (april...

THOMSON
TO 9

 
French ad (dec.1983)

TOSHIBA
PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
TheBeetles
1/20/2017
TIKI-DATA Tiki-100
Isn''t it good?
Norwegian Wood.

Steve Hofer
1/19/2017
MORROW DESIGNS Micro Decision
They sold these Morrow computers ar Von''s Computer Store In West Lafayette Indiana when I was in college in 1982. I remember thinking that the Morrow wa the only system that I would consider buying at that time. The system looked good, felt good and, above all, just worked. It was relatively inexpensive and came with useful software.

Steve
1/19/2017
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION DECMATE II
Actually, CP/M PREDATES the DECMATE WPS series! The system was certainly not like CP/M. Digital AKA DEC, was not related to Digital Research. Digital Research CP/M required an 8080 processor. The Z80 was 8080 compatible, but the PDP 8 was NOT. CP/M did NOT support the 8086 series of processors, like those MSDOS did.

samer hadman
1/17/2017
IBM  PC - Model 5150
i have an ibm pc with eias slots and 500mb hdd 2.88fdd ps-2 mouse and keyboard mobile +963933513647

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1/15/2017
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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1/14/2017
AMSTRAD  PC 1512
I am north London-based writer with our old grubby but fine otherwise 1512 in need of a home (collections only i''m afraid). We''re giving away the screen, keyboard, hard-drive (2 slots) and its manual - the mouse is filed somewhere else in the office I''m afraid, likewise the software disc. It''s first genuine taker, first serve. $Please let me know if it''s worth it to any of you, that i keep the mouse and software disc when i eventually find them$

Feel free to get in touch if you can use any or all of this

Best

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Dan Mihai
1/13/2017
ELECTRONICA CIP-03
Found this post while browsing around$ I am the original designer and the project manager (from the ITC side) of commercializing this design as CIP-01 at Electronica Pipera back in 1987$ Calin Popescu was the project manager from the Electronica Pipera''s side.

It all started when during several brainstorming discussions over quite a few satisfying games of Bridge with Cristi Hera (Pupu) and Virgil Vladescu (Bombone) - graduates of IPB Automatica / Calculatoare - about the weaknesses of the FCE''s HC-85 design, I had the idea of designing an alternate Spectrum clone hardware as a fully synchronous Finite State Machine (FSM) which ran everything (Z80A CPU, shared video memory controller, and later even the PAL encoder) from a single ~18 MHz crystal and with zero CPU WAIT states - a first for that time, and which made this design be the only Sinclair Spectrum clone generating "pure" sound tones. Initially I built this design "by hand" on a 25-mil 4-layer PCB encased in a manually assembled plastic enclosure slightly smaller than the original Spectrum - 8.75 cm wide x 5.5 cm deep x 1.6 cm tall (still have one of those in my personal computing museum, happy to share pictures with anyone who asks) and sold quite a few of these in the IPB dorms around 1985-1986 before pitching the idea of commercializing this design to my team leader at ITC, Riuric Bulgacov, in mid-1987.

Riuric brilliantly positioned this as a potential "gaming accessory" to the just-released Cromatic color TV manufactured by Electronica Pipera to get it approved by the political administration of that time $ I am still amazed to this day that the project got approved by the administration, considering how strict they were in controlling the public''s access to electronic communications, typewriters, free speech, etc. Perhaps it was its classification as a "game accessory to the color TV" that made it fly under the radar?

The design of what became CIP-01 had to be adjusted for the manufacturing capabilities available at Electronica-Pipera: 50-mil 2-layer PCB technology, injection-molded ABS plastic, and "consumer electronics-grade" connectors (rather large DIN jacks, etc.) which increased the size of the PCB by a factor of 4 yielding a size of the entire device of 31.5 cm wide x 28 cm deep x 6.5 cm tall. This was quite a bit larger than the original "hand-built" prototype, but it had the advantage of a larger and much more comfortable keyboard and (potentially) better cooling for the electronics.

I still remember designing CIP-01''s first PCB layout on Electronica''s CORAL minicomputer while trying to cleverly route power and ground traces to minimize ground noise - quite a challenge in a 2-layer "consumer electronics-style" PCB layout compared with the original 4-layer "computer-style" PCB layout with dedicated power and ground planes.

Eugen Stefan (Gene) from Electronica designed an RF modulator which was included in the box as well. Marian Romascanu from ITC designed a synchronous PAL encoder - conceptually based on the Apple II NTSC design - and I programmed the super-optimized 4K Spectrum BIOS cassette loader + BASIC interpreter to go around the Sinclair Spectrum software copyright while still providing the ability to program in BASIC. The Sinclair BIOS was loadable from a cassette tape (not sold by Electronica at that time to avoid copyright issues, but widely available from friends, family, and other "hobbyists") for full compatibility with all Spectrum games. I still have a CIP-01 preproduction prototype (white) in my personal technology museum, happy to share pictures of it as well. The entire commercialization project (concept to manufacturing) of the ITC-Electronica joint venture lasted about 12 months, which would qualify as a record even today.

CIP-01 was available in consumer electronic stores everywhere in Romania starting with 1988, I still remember seeing it on display at Bucur-Obor $ right next to a Cromatic color TV.

I''m quite happy to see that the product ended up selling well and helping a lot of young Romanian people acquire a passion for computers, learn how to develop software, and increase their market value in today''s high-tech global economy.

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