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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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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  Computer 99/8
The 99/8 was intended as an upmarket companion to the TI 99/4A . Something like a small business computer. However, at TI they didn't think it would generate any income, so it was never released. It has built-in features which were optional in the 4A : The speech synthesiser and the Pascal UCSD ROM card. It is a prototype computer and was never marketed. _______________________ Very interesting information from CC Clarke
VECTOR GRAPHICS  Vector 3 (VIP)
The Vector Graphics VIP was also called Vector 3 because it was based around the Vector 3 terminal which had an integral 72 key keyboard and 12" video screen. The unit had a six slot S-100 bus board which came with a Z80A processor board fitted with 56 KB RAM. The board also had a serial interface and three 8-bit parallel I/O ports. The VIP configuration originally came out with a 340k Micropolis Floppy Disk drive. Later this was a 640k Tandon hard sectored floppy drive. Not shown c...
ELECTRONIC PRODUCT ASS. EPA-6800
Virtually no information about this classic training board made in San Diego, California, and mainly used for educational purpose. Like most of the 6800 based systems of the time, the board was equipped with an Exorciser bus connector as well as its own expansion connector....
GEMINI  Challenger
Before the Challenger came out, Gemini products were based around the Z80 processor and the company's 80-bus architecture. They did well in applications where costumers wanted a highly-specialized product. At first sight, the Challenger looked like an ordinary PC-compatible computer. The monitor was a Wyse WY-50 remote terminal finished as the same colours as the main box. However, the Challenger's main processor was a 12 MHz Motorola 68000 linked with 512 KB of RAM. This configurati...
SYMAG INFORMATIQUE Micromachine 4000
This early french system was proudly sold as a 16 bits computer. The operating system was CP/M, compatible with the multi-user MP/M 86 os and the CP/NET 86 net system. The following languages were available : Fortran 86, Basic 86, Pascal 86, Pascal M86, C Basic 86, Ciscobol 86, Form s 2, Vedit 86 and Forth 86. wow ! This computer was the successor of the Micromachine 2000 and 3000 8-bits systems....
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  LASER 3000
A very interesting and obscure system. The Laser 3000 is compatible (software-wise only) with the Apple II+ through emulation software. A Z80 card with CP/M 80 was available, as well as an Intel 8088 card....
BAINBRIDGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, INC. Dolphin
The BRD systems were probably among the first personal accounting systems. They featured a mass storage drive and a Teletype or 'intelligent' Olivetti typewriter as a data entry/printing device. Three version of the BRD systems were available: • The Small Fry, the smallest system in the family. It used tape catridges for data storage. • The larger capacity Dolphin and Purpoise. Both had dual 8" floppy disk drive. About the BRD systems family, Randy Larson repo...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  Portable Wordprocessor WP-2 / WP-3
Still sought after by writers and students, the Tandy WP-2 and Tandy WP-3 are perfect writing companions. Used to take notes, prepare reports and write letters, these WP systems are technically real computers based on a Zilog Z80 processor. The WP-2 is essentially a Tandy-branded version of a Citizen portable wordprocessor called the CBM-10WP. Extract from Tandy catalog: "There are battery operated, weight only 3.1 pounds and are 1" thin. The full size keyboard lets you cut, paste, se...
ATARI  800XE
The Atari 800XE was the last 8-bit machine produced by Atari. It was almost the same machine as the 800XL with a case almost the same as the 130XE. It was only sold in East European countries, mainly Germany and Poland. The main hardawe difference with the 800XL was FREDDIE, a new memory management custom chip (also found in the 65XE) allowing to address up to 128 KB of RAM and to better share RAM area with ANTIC, the graphics ch...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 MODEL III
The model 3 is generally regarded as the successor to the Model 1. Its two 5.25" floppy disk drives could convert model 1 disks. Initially Radio Shack wanted to sell both the model 1 and 3 at the same time, but the FCC forced them to stop selling model 1. Is so they were discontinued because of the excessive radio noise that they put out. However, the Model 3 wasn't FULLY compatible with the model 1. There were differences in ROM which meant some program...

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VISUAL TECHNOLOGY
Visual 1083 / Commuter

 
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SEATTLE COMPUTER
Gazelle

 
French advert

MATRA HACHETTE
ALICE

 
U.S. advert #1 (1977...

APPLE
APPLE II

 
Italian ad #3

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
Microsoft advert (19...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
Tandy brochure cover

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
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MSI
6800

 
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
Brochure #3

SORD
M-100ACE

 
Nice ad (1983)

NEC
PC 6001

 
French ad (dec.1983)

TELEVIDEO
TS-803

 
Second 6502

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Model A / B / B+

 
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SHARP
MZ 80B

 
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VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 200 / 210

 
Proud mother

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TO 7

 
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SIGNETICS
Instructor 50

 
German brochure #3

ATARI
STACY

 
1976 Xmas catalog

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
U.S. advert (1982)

AVT ELECTRONICS
Comp 2

 
French Advert.

VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 310

 
French advert

MATRA HACHETTE
ALICE 90

 
1978 brochure #3

MSI
6800

 
US advert, July 1985

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300 Professional series

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
nikigre
7/2/2015
SCHNEIDER (GERMANY) CPC-464
Hi!
i have 64k colour personal computer cpc 464.
Its wery preserved. And it is working.
But i don´t have any cables only power adapter.
If anyone have one please contact me!!

Kelp
7/1/2015
SHARP  MZ 80A - MZ 1200
The 2nd computer I ever owned, really loved its all-in-one design and the glow of the green screen. It seemed a good step-up from my ZX-81. If you''re really interested in this machine then please also see my own site : http://mz-80a.com

Awesomespace
6/27/2015
AMSTRAD  PC 1512
We have the setup with the ZIP drive from Henk (see messages below) in this retro game space and it''s running fine! See our website for a screenshot.

Added a few RAM chips (640K now), a NEC V30 and a soundblaster 2.0 to spice it up a bit! We will add a CGA to VGA converter soon so we can play the games on a VGA screen or even a projector! Awesome machine, thanks Henk!

Ruslan Kabalin
6/25/2015
TERTA TAP-34
I had one in 1996-1998. It was originally decommissioned from CSTI (centre of scientific and technical information) in Belgorod (Russia), then it was obtained by my friend, he used it a while, and then I purchased it from him. I do not think it had CP/M, it had some custom localised OS they used in organisation. It was possible to load Basic and Astra (text processor) from floppy, there were some other software coming with it, but those two were the most useful for me. It had Consul printer A3 size with red/black ribbon on the spools (like in typewriter, not the cartridge), I do not remember the exact model.

At the point when I sold it, I have got just enough money to buy an ordinary PC keyboard.

ACS
6/22/2015
MSX  MSX 1
The MSX was also very popular in west asian and north african Arabian countries. It was also especially popular in gulf countries with KSA based al-Alamiah reprogramming translating the OS to Arabic. al-Alamiah also developed and published several Arabic applications and video games.

alancsalt
6/21/2015
SEMI-TECH  Pied Piper
Mine had 800k floppy drive. There was the option of a second one. At the time, more storage than anything else I could find.

Bob Gershaw
6/20/2015
COMPUTER DEVICES INCORPORATED  DOT
I worked on the development of the Sony drive interface unfortunately it was totally analog with plenty of problems and even though there was a chip set available which worked the management insisted on using the analog interface and pestered Sony to get the bugs out since it was a recommended circuit by them this caused long delays in its release and never worked right. It was kind of a cool design though. one problem the thermal paper''s txt faded quite quickly. I worked with Dave Epstien a great guy. Miss you dave.

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