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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...
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....
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...
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...
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....
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 (...

The information on this page comes from Bostjan Lemut. Ei NIS means Elektronska industrija Nis. ROM was devided into 12KB for Basic and 3.4KB for OS. RAM could be extended for 16KB more, also 16KB ROM was available with an editor and assembler....
The Panasonic FS-A1 is a MSX2 system. There are two versions: red or black case. There is DESKPAC software built-in which starts automatically when the system is booted. It offers several interesting utilities : world time clock, chronometer, alarm, calculator, calendar and diary (see software section for screenshots). From here you can also choose to go directly to MSX Basic v2.0. Concerning audio and music, the FS A1 is equiped with an AY-8910-3 chipset (or the YM2149 variant/clone) whic...
The FM-77AV40SX was the last FM-77 series machine, Audio-Visual expansion of FM-77AV40EX. About this computer, Nomura Hisayuki adds: Some people said FM77AV40SX was the ultimate 8 bit computer. (Other people said that Hitachi S1 was this one.) Its video-functions were remarkable. - displays TV programs on it's video monitor, - TV control from the keyboard, - TV screen capture, - displays subtitles on TV. These functions were realized in the 80s! 260,000 c...
ATARI  520 / 1040 STf / STfm
The Atari 520 and 1040 STf were the direct successors of the Atari 260 ST and Atari 520 ST. In fact, they had the same technical characteristics except from built-in floppy drive (hence the f of STf). The 3.5" floppy disk drive has been integrated with the power supply into the computer. The early first versions of the Atari 520 STf had a RAM based Operating System (they have a 32 KB ROM), this ROM will be quiclky replaced by a 192 KB ROM which holds all...
ATARI  130 ST - 260 ST
The Atari 130 ST (ST means sixteen/thirty-two :16 bit data bus & 32 bit address bus) was shown at the Winter Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in 1985. It was the great surprise of the show and was presented only six months after Jack Tramiel bought Atari, Inc. (He later named it Atari Corp). The ST series was rushed onto the market as Atari had originally contracted Amiga Corp. to manufacture a 16-Bit home computer, but legal issues caused the dissolution of that contract resulting in Comm...
The Seequa Chameleon was one of the first luggable computer that contained both a Z80 and an 8088 processor. So it was capable of running either CP/M or early MS-DOS operating system, hence its name. Basic version featured 128 KB of RAM while the "Chameleon Plus" version had 256 KB on board. Built-in 9" cathodic monochrom screen could be replaced by an external color monitor to use the 16-color text mode.The machine was also available with an internal hard disk. Seequa also manufactured tw...
The FX-702P was Casio's answer to Sharp's PC-121x series. In certain ways, this machine marks the transition from keystroke programmables such as the FX-601P/602P to "real" pocket computers. On the one hand, Casio labeled the FX-702P only as "Programmable Calculator", and its non-QWERTY layout of the alphanumerical keys differentiate it from most later pocket computers. On the other hand, the FX-702P had a viable BASIC interpreter which allows for more flexible p...
The Multi 8 can be used in two modes : a Basic Mode and a CP/M mode. In the CP/M mode, the whole memory (64 KB) can be accessed....
INTERACT Home Computer System
The Interact computer had a very short life in USA. It had only just got in production when the Interact Co. of Ann Arbor MI, went bankrupt. Several thousand machines were produced though. Some of them were sold by Protecto Enterprizes of Barrington, IL, the liquidator, but the main part was sold by MicroVideo, also of Ann Arbor. Protecto bought lots of back-of-the-magazine ads for years, always printed with "WE LOVE OUR CUSTOMERS". The Interact shipped with 2 joysticks, a built-in tape recor...
RCA Cosmac Microtutor
The Microtutor, manufactured in 1976, was used to educate engineers and others on how to program microprocessors. The unit is fully self-contained with the exception of the 9-volt power converter which plugs into the back of the unit. A clear plexiglass bottom allows the user to see all of the soldering done on the underside of the main board. The chips are all labelled both on the chip and on the board itself. There are three slots in the back labelled M,P,E. The M slot (M for Memory) allows...

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Mike Perzel
I joined IBM right out of the Navy in 1957 and trained on the SAGE computer in Kingston NY. Our team installed the system at McCord AFB in Tacoma, WA. I recall during installation, the air-conditioning system was being tested and I do believe room temperature was around 50 degrees, and this was in the summer. In fact, I received several cash awards for changes to the 026 card punch manual. installati

Jim Gerrie
Just to let people know, the web page where you can find all our software for the MC-10 has been moved to:

SHARP  PC-1500 / PC-1500A
Selling a PC-1500, may need a clean (doing that soon) but otherwise fine

OLIVETTI  Prodest PC 128
This was my first computer. it wasn'' t good for games but with it I have learned the BASIC programming.

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The equals sign in the URL got changed to a dollars sign. Odd. Just search for "Olivetti M20 artillery command game", and you will find it.
-Scott M

Dec 11, 2014 - My Dad shipped the Olivetti M20. The new owner said: I was able to unbox and set up the computer, and was even able to run some of my old BASIC programs and games I wrote 30 years ago. I made a youtube of one game I made, "Artillery Command". It''s a little blurry because my camera had a hard time focusing on the screen, but if you want to see what a 15 year old me did 30 years ago, here it is:$xotIGWC02MU

Glad the M20 found a new home.
-Scott M

Alex Wolski
BRITISH MICRO Mimi 802 / 803 / 804
I was once a designer at the company British Micro of Watford at end of 1981. The Mimi derived from their previous computer which had a user programmable resolution feature for the monitor display though its PLL proved visually unstable and my claim to fame is I reverted it back to a fixed resolution format which was nice $ steady - at the usual 80 cols x 25 rows. Yes the machine attracted great interest at the various PC exhibitions of the time. Not sure how the Mimi fared afterwards in terms of new features. Also the name ''Mimi'' was taken from the owner''s little daughter, not after the wife, unless they shared the same name (?).

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