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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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CONVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES Workslate
Convergent Technologies of Santa Clara, California introduced the Worslate the same time as the Tandy Model 100. Although it was about the same size of the Model 100, the Workslate was primarily a spreadsheet machine. No other software could be loaded except some application which was adaptations of the basic spreadsheet program. The Workslate used a CMOS version of the old 6800 processor and 16B KB of RAM. RAM size couldn't be extended and allowed a limited 7...
CASIO  FP 1000 / FP 1100
The Casio FP-1000 and FP-1100 were essentially the same machine, except that the 1100 had colour capabilities, 48 KB VRAM and enhanced graphic mode (640 x 400). The FP-1100 came with either a monochrome (green) monitor which would display colour as shades, or the colour monitor. The cable feeding the video to the monitor was a simple 2 core unsheilded RCA cable. The mono minitor had a switch at the back so that one could swap foreground and background (green on black or black on green) Bot...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 MODEL 4
The TRS-80 model 4 (ref 26-1068/69) was one of the last models of the TRS-80 series (and perhaps the less known). It ran at 4 MHz and displayed 80 columns x 24 lines in Model 4 mode, but was fully compatible with the TRS-80 model 3 and in Model 3 mode actually displayed 64x16 and ran at the Model 3's 2 MHz. It had 64 or 128 KB RAM, the 64 upper KB being used as a ram disk. It had one or two 5.25" floppy disk (184 KB each) and ran under TRSDOS 6.0 or 1.3, LDOS o...
NANO  SKS 2500
John Benfield, who worked on this computer reports : I redesigned the video card for Canada Computer when the SKS was imported into Canada. (there was a pretty nasty bunch of design flaws in the original card that would cause the driver transistors in the HV section to vaporize if you switched video modes too often). I also wrote lot of utilities for it and ported most of the BBS type software of the time (Modem7, Xmodem, RBBS, etc.). I think that SKS means "Steinmetz...
VECTOR GRAPHICS  Vector 4
Thanks to Dennis Wingo, Vector former employee from engineering, for this information: Historically, the Vector 4 can be seen as a transitional system, especially for Vector in the quandary in 1982 concerning whether or not to compete directly with the IBM PC. The system shown below had a 6 Mhz Z-80 CPU and an 8088 "I think" also running at 6 Mhz so it would have been faster in processing than a standard 4.77 MHz IBM PC. The I/O for the system was the S-100 bus but with a reduced fu...
HEATHKIT  EC-1
From 1950 to 1965, electronic analogue vacuum-tube computers were used to design, test and run civilian and military equipment like aircraft, ships or rockets. The first systems were very expensive. However, components cost (especially vacuum tubes) was steadily decreasing. In 1960, Heath Company launched the Heathkit EC-1, the first analogue computer (almost) anyone could afford. It was sold in kit or pre-assembled forms and was quickly and widely used in industry and universities. Unli...
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-200LX
It was either a PC-XT you can fit in your hand, or a "PDA" that also happened to run countless DOS programs. The PIM software was very powerful and comprehensive, included the usual address Book, Appointments, and Notepad / Memo capabilities, as well as a Database program. Plus, Pocket Quicken, Lotus 123, and cc:Mail. Also has a "Filer" program for file management, LapLink to connect with a desktop system for file transfer, and a Data Comm program for connecting to online services, and...
ATARI  FALCON 030 MicroBox
Few time after the Falcon 030, Atari decided to launch its successor. They worked then on the Falcon030 MicroBox. Basically, it is a Falcon030 in a new case with a full 32bit data bus. (Remember that the Falcon030 has only a 16bit data bus). An other version was planned with a bigger case and three expansion slots. The MicroBoxes CPU were supposed to be upgradable to a 68040. It was never released (How typical!). Only few prototypes were produced, then abandon...
TESLA Mato
the Mato (Mat'o) was actually not made by Tesla, but by Statny majetok Zavadka. It was a clone of the PMD-85 with some modifications (something between PMD85-1 and PMD85-2). It had different adressing modes, three user modes (calculator, program and graphics), different load/save method (programs could be read form tape via special software) and changed keyboard layout (fewer keys and special CONT, Shift and STOP). Two version were sold, one with bui...
SYNERTEK SYM1
Synertek was one of the suppliers of the 6502 processor, and the SYM-1 was intended as a chip evaluation board for hardware developers that were interested in programming and interfacing a 6502. The SYM-1 was a single board computer. It had a hexadecimal display and a hex keypad for programs and data entry. It was originally called the VIM-1 until MOS Technology objected to the name. It was actually quite a copy of the MOS KIM 1 offering same fonct...

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ACORN COMPUTER
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   LATEST COMMENTS
Ian Mak
5/29/2017
NORTHSTAR  Advantage
I have just picked up a Northstar Advantage, with quite a lot of software and manuals. However, the floppy does not read and the screen died on me after 20 minutes.

I would like to purchase a system off anyone who is offering and am prepared to pay a reasonable price, including shipping etc.

Please contact me. Thanks!

Rene Wissmann
5/29/2017
SHARP  PC-7000
Hi, my dad owned the Sharp 7100 and i assume like the 7100 the 7000 does not have a internal Batterie (except for BIOS)
It only had a big 3 Pin Powersupply.

I learned programming on that the 7100- loved it.
The internal display only was capable displaying Letters (i think it was 25 Lines and 80 Columns letters)
the 7100 had an external Monitorport (I think it must be the 15 Pin that is often called vga-port but i don''t know if it was VGA or CGA or something)
Only the external display was able to display graphics (i had to switch to another graphicmode to enable the external display and then i could draw sprites into the videoram).
With the square on the right you can change the angle of the display to come out a bit and there was a weel at the top of this square to change the contrast.

i can confirm the 7100 has a 20mb harddisk and one 5 1/4 floppy drive.

some years ago i heared my father has thrown it away :''( (even if it was still working and had absolute no damages or scratches)

Jim Bennett
5/28/2017
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
The company developed a mass storage device which allowed a number of Q1 computers to network together

I can remember the amusement of the French when we exhibited in Paris apparently Q1 has a different meaning in french

Luigi Verri
5/26/2017
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-9836
HP9836 was my first touch in the 80''s with non-mainframe or mini- computing. I arrived from UNIVAC 1108 and from Digital VAX780, and 9836 was a sort of paradise to program!
We did teletraffic modeling and simualtion on that system,and on the big brother 9020, all with the fantastic HP-Basic language...
good old time

Ken Macumber
5/25/2017
OLIVETTI  A5
The Programma 101 was the first computer I ever used. I was in summer school in 1968 (junior high) and I wrote a program to calculate the area of a truncated triangular pyramid (I was a math geek). It got me addicted to computers!

Ken Macumber
5/25/2017
DURANGO F85
I used a Durango in South Africa in 1981,2 and 3. We used it for word processing. The company, Grinaker Projects, had a number of these systems. We wrote a cool construction bar chart scheduler program that would print out bar charts based on fields that contained start and stop dates, task, and sub-contractor. I could printout individual sheets per sub-contractor and I would distribute task lists to each sub on a weekly basis. It was pretty leading edge stuff for the time and it was very efficient.

Denis Wicking
5/23/2017
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-110
Just found the complete collection - laptop, printer, disk base, manuals, bag when clearing out my dad''s gear. I will see if it works soon

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