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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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GAVILAN Gavilan
The Gavilan, along with its optional thermal transfer printer that clipped onto the back, fitted in a standard-size attaché case. It was a true 16-bit laptop computer conceived by John Zepecki, Gaviland's director of hardware engineering. It featured a 8-line LCD screen and was powered by either an AC adaptor or 10 half-D rechargeable batteries with 8 hours autonomy. The 48 KB ROM held the Gavilan GOS (Graphic Operating System) kernel, a FORTH-like interpreter and a desktop manager sof...
COMMODORE  C64
The commodore 64 is, along with the Apple II and the Atari XL computers, the most famous home computer. According to the 2001 edition of Guinness book of records, the C64 was the most "prolific computing device ever manufactured". During its production run from 1982 to... 1993, about 30 million (!) units were sold. To put this number in perspective, that's more than all the Macintoshes in the world....
GALAKSIJA  Galaksija
The meaning of the name "Galaksija" is "Galaxy" and is pronounced "Galaxiya". "Galaksija" was a very important computer - not for its features but for the effect it had on the "geek" society at the time. It was named after the same-name monthly magazine dealing with various scientific issues (i.e. Yugoslav equivalent of "Scientific American"). Sometime in 1983, the editor, Dejan Ristanovic, decided to release a special (but separate) issue dedicated to computers: "Racunari u vasoj kuci" - ...
ATARI  PC
Just after the Atari ST series, Atari decided to launch a series of PC compatible systems. The PC-1 was the first model. It used the shell of the Atari Mega ST4 and its mouse. It held 512 KB of RAM, an optional 20 or 23 MB HDD, but didn't have ISA extension slot, to use a PC card, an expansion box was necessary. However, the PC-1 had Parallel, serial and mouse ports built-in as well as an universal video interface allowing either colour CGA and EGA or Her...
TOSHIBA  PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP
The Pasopia 16 is an IBM PC compatible system conceived in 1982. It had excellent features for its time ! An impressive resolution of 640 x 560 pixels, 192 KB RAM (up to 256 MB), two 5''1/4 disk-drives and an optional 10 MB hard-drive. It was possible to format the disks at half size (360 KB) for IBM compatibility. Finally, the Pasopia 16 was a successful machine in the market place. The Pasopia 16 was sold in the US under the T300 name, and as the PAP in Europe or at least in France. PAP was...
SHARP  PC-3101
The Sharp 3101 was sold with a monochrome screen, an Epson printer and double 5.25" floppy drive. It was possible to connect up to 8 drives. It also sports a battery-backed clock. Another model was launched a little while later: the Sharp 3200, which had the "standard" text screen size (80 columns and 25 lines)....
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  COMPACT COMPUTER 40 (CC40)
The Compact Computer 40 is a cute little system which represents Texas-Instrument`s first entry into the portable computer market. It can be considered in many ways as the TI-99 4/A's little brother. It includes a special version of the TI Extended Basic, where most of the graphical and sound statements has been discarded. But it is so close, than some TI-99 4/A can actually be executed on a CC40 ! Basic statements can be accessed directly through specific ke...
FUJITSU  FM 16 Beta
The model number was FM-16s, and it was sold in the USA from about 1983 to around 1985. It had dual processors on daughter boards, one with a Zilog Z-80a and the other with an i8086 on a true 16-bit bus. Hard drives were external, connecting through a SCSI host adapter. The machine could have up to 2MB of RAM on a proprietary expansion card, and ran at 8MHz. It had a 640x480 16 color display and 104 keys keyboard. CP/M-86, WordStar, SuperCalc and the C/PM-86 operating system were bundled w...
HOBBIT Hobbit
Many Spectrum clones were designed and manufactured in the Soviet Union or Russia, among them Spektr 48, Moskva, Robik and Sprinter. Some of them greatly surpassed the features of the original Sinclair Spectrum. The Hobbit was one of the most famous Speccy clones. It was a quite powerful system, mainly used in education, and also known in some Western European countries. Like in many Eastern clones, the processor was a Russian v...
MARQUETTE ELECTRONICS 8000 Holter System
Marquette Electronics specialised in medical systems is now part of GE Medical. This system was called the Marquette 8000 Holter System. It's purpose was to analyze 24 hr tape recordings of a patients heart activity to determine any abnormalities. Clinically historicaly as it was the worlds first computer restrospective Holter scanner. Prior to that a clinician would have to sit in front of a screen and watch 24 hrs of ECG data buzz on a screen and halt on any aberrant beats to be recorded. ...

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CONITEC
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SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
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HP-9816

 
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CW/P
Cortex

 
U.K. advert (1983)

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
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SMT
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SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
U.K. ad. (Apr. 87)

AMSTRAD
CPC 6128

 
U.S. advert (1979)

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
ACS-8000

 
French advert.

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
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ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Master Compact

 
UK advert

TATUNG
EINSTEIN TC-01

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

KAYPRO
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ZX 81

 
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   LATEST COMMENTS
Mike Dalgleish
7/24/2017
RCA Cosmac Microtutor
I''m interested in finding a microtutor. If you have one please $ me a line on md @ md46 . com

Neeko
7/24/2017
MATSUSHITA  National JR 200
Column in Impress Akiba PC Hotline
http://akiba-pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/column/retrohard/1069058.html

James Bell
7/23/2017
XEROX  8 / 16
Worked for Balcones Computer Corporation with Robert Burns (the MicroManiac) and brother Jay Bell.
Balcones Consulted for Xerox and took the Xerox 820 from I to Xerox 820-II. If you look through the BIOS code documentation you''ll see references to Balcones. Balcones drove adding the expansion connector and developed the 16/8 CPU card for Xerox. The expansion chassis used a WD1002 controller to interface the external floppy and hard disk (same type of controller used in the Kaypro 10)...both Kaypro and Xerox 820 were derived from the "Big Board". Our first prototypes of the 16/8 CPU card was created using a "multiwire" connection method, but production versions were multilayer printed circuit boards. I still have at least one of the multiwire prototypes. Jay Bell always said that the weak link in the 8086 card design was the use of many PAL chips whose timing did not always meet spec and thus created an instability sometimes.
Balcones also sold their Accounting System (The Boss System) which was sold by Xerox and Rank Xerox worldwide. A lawsuit relating to Xerox royalties for various projects ended up taking Balcones down. Many of Balcones employees transitioned to PC''s Ltd (later called Dell) where Jay Bell and Robert Burns designed the first 286 system for PC''s Ltd which was Michael Dell''s first in house Computer design.

James Bell
7/23/2017
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
I worked for Balcones Computer Corp. in the late 70''s and early 80''s working with the dynamic duo: Robert Burns and Jay Bell. Together they consulted for numerous companies on CP/M and BIOS micro code and utilities software. We had upgraded a Q1 from the standard 48K to 64K of memory and configured a CP/M setup for the Q1. It''s possible the BIOS code was updated as well. I did not work personally on the system but it was in the same lab I worked in (called "The Shack"). I vaguely recall the customer was from Portugal.

Tom
7/23/2017
SHARP  MZ 700
Hi
As a young child we had a mz700 at home, today i enjoy loading the roms on my computer and see the difference between what i remember and how it is in reality :)

Can anyone help, i remember a game that you needed to manage or control a newspaper company
I might be wrong here, I don''t think we really understand what it really was but that''s the best i can tell.

I remember it was mostly text and white display.

Does someone know what i am talking about ? or something similar to that

Thank you
Tom

Phil Cantor
7/23/2017
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS-80 Model 100 / 102
I used one of these during my junior year of college in 1984. I was doing an internship at NIH in Washington DC and used this to write papers and communicate with my friends back in Iowa... racking up big phone bills using the modem to tie into the mainframe. My roommate created a huge poster of an orca using ASCII which he then printed using a dot matrix printer in his lab. It was a lot of fun... my first laptop.

michael nurney
7/22/2017
COMMODORE  Amiga 600
The Amiga laptop comment is incorrect, there was no amiga laptop after the 8 bit laptop was canned, none was ever considered. The A600 was the bastard son of the cancelled A300 that Commodore Uk requested and agreed on. The German commodore group however insisted on a hard drive and thus a big increase in cost. When the 600 was finally ready - none of Commodores divisions ordered it - no one wanted it. It was supposed to be a cheaper A500 (A300) and upgradable with plug in hard drive, ram etc up to the A500 spec

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