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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 (...

ATARI  520 / 1040 STe
The Atari STe is the successor of the Atari STf (The 'e' stands for 'enhanced') and is almost fully compatible with the STf. In september 1986, Atari decided to make a successor to the STf. They planned to equip it with enhanced video features : Atari said then that the STe will have a 640 x 400 with 16 colors among 4096 and a 320 x 200 with 256 colors among 4096 graphic modes. Unfortunately, eventually, the STe will have none of these graphic modes. The new...
ACT QI-300
The QI-300 was the last machine that showed Apricot's unique design style before ACT was bought by Mitsubishi and moved into standard looking boxes. It also had several unique features, including a security system based on an infra-red 'key card' that users had to point at the PC and activate to allow it to boot up. This was also the first PC to offer IBM's MCA expansion bus. The QI-300 was followed by the Qi 600 (80386DX-25) and the Qi 900 (80486DX) __________ Thanks ...
The Heathkit/Zenith MicroComputer Learning System model ET-3400 was a very popular item designed to teach principles of computers and programming at Universities in the 1970s., and to educate the students of internal computer hardware and software components by self-assembly and programming the machine in pure Hexadecimal language. It was delivered in assembled or Kit form. It also featured a prototype area and could be used as a design aid for developing special interface circuitry with com...
This strange computer was designed to be a development system for 6502 based computers. It had no display except for a small 20 character LED screen and a very small thermal printer located directly on the motherboard which could print everything that was typed on the keyboard. The board featured five 4 KB-ROM sockets. Two of them were dedicated to the AIM monitor program, including an instant input assembler (no labels) and a disassembler. Various programming languages (BASIC, FORTH...) or c...
The NMS-801 was one of the last MSX machine made by Philips. This economical computer was a true MSX machine. The official MSX logo was although replaced on the case by the "MSX Compatible" mark because the MSX standard required a cartridge slot, which the NMS-801 had not. The NMS-801 was only sold in Italy where it wasn't very successful because of its poor expansion capabilities. However, Philips used the same case, CPU and video chip to produce the NMS-3000 and 4000, two video terminals d...
The Tandy TRS-80 Model 12 was a business system intended to replace the Model II which was widely used as an accounting and management system by numerous small companies. Unlike Model II, it was a single board system with a white case instead of the typical dark grey one of previous TRS-80 models. It could be expanded by adding an optional card cage in which six expansion cards could be inserted, for example the monochrome high resolution card. However it was ...
As the Sinclair ZX-81, the Alice was clearly marketed as an initiation machine. In 1981, Matra signed a deal with Tandy/RadioShack to develop a MC-10 clone for 1983 : the Alice. Matra then worked with Hachette (both were owned by the Lagardčre group) to produce the documentation and to organize the distribution. Last but not least, the well known and excellent french illustrator Moebius drew a beautiful illustration for the doc...
The Altos 186 was based on the "brand new" 16-bit iApx 186 CPU, in fact the (sometimes called "Lost Generation") Intel 80186. Compared to the previous Altos models, the new design made it less bulky. The main unit is at last smaller than the keyboard or the monitor. The main unit houses a 720k 3.5" disk-drive and a 10 MB hard-disk. ...
The Vector 1 was a clone of the ALTAIR 8800 based on the common S-100 bus structure and the Intel 8080A microprocessor. It was sold under kit or assembled versions. Vector Graphics said it offered a stronger cabinet and a well-designed power supply. To reduce selling price, front panel didn't offer any switch or control led. In its basic version, the computer could be connected to a tape recorder and a serial terminal and offered a bootstrap ROM monitor.
ATARI  4160 Ste
The Atari 4160 STe is an Atari 520 STe with 4 MB of RAM. It was never marketed and was built by Atari for the developpers. It had a special version of TOS, version 1.6 (the Atari ST Operating System), with less bugs than in the final version !...

NLS advert

Kaypro II

1980 range advert


Second 6502

BBC Model A / B / B+

French ad (dec.1983)

PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

U.K. ad. (1986)

520 / 1040 STf / STfm

M5 Japanese advert

M 5

US advert Apr. 1982


QL catalogue #2

QL (Quantum Leap)

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Palcom PX-7

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YIS-503 / Diabolik

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Kaypro II

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Jupiter Ace

UK brochure #4

CBM 700 Series

U.S. advert (1982)


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J. Patrick Gilligan
The first desktop computer I ever used was a Superbrain, but according to the name plate, it was an Osborn Superbrain, not Interetec. It looked like the Superbrain pictured on this site, with same specs as far as I remember - CP/M, 64K ram, no HD and a pair of single-sided 5 1/4 floppy drives.

I''m just wondering what the relationship was between Intertec and Osborn.

Used an Altos 8000 running UCSD p-system natively in my first job back in ''84. 48k ram, split over 4 users with some shared memory for semaphores etc.
Needed to use overlays in p-system to handle the larger programmes. Each overlay had to have the same procedure names in the smae location to work.
I remember with the 20MB version you needed to toggle the on/off switch a few time to get the drive up to speed before it would boot from it.

Paul B Davis
The 200LX 32Mb double speed from Thaddeus is the best $1000 I ever spent$ Hands Down, no contest. It is NOT a "PDA", rather it is the first "Netbook". A real computer with OS incorruptibly in ROM. I use camera flash memory in an adapter in the PCMCIA slot. The wonderful "Carousel" gives me 10 completely independently configured computers that can swap out in 1 second.
This thing still sits next to my Win7 PC because it is SO FAST to get the answer I need. HPCalc is Fabulous. Work-a-day, (non-enormous) databases quite useable. Skyglobe 3.6, Collins English and multi-language Dictionaries work faster than just opening up Chrome on Cable internet on my reasonably modern Lenovo.
Next to my 200LX sits my first pocket calculator - also still very useful - the HP-29C. The calculator keyboard cannot be beat with an emulator - but I would dearly appreciate a full 200LX emulation that would run on my PC! I''d pay real money for it even.
The weakness of the 200LX is that the hinge for the cover wears out after 20 years or so :-) So I leave it open. A brilliant, ridiculously under-marketed device - the last throws of the late great Corvallis division of HP. Nowadays, "HP is neither". :-(

Chris Blackmore
LUCAS  Nascom 2
I started with a Nascom 1 in 1978, upgraded to a Nascom 2, and added a Z80B based Gemini display card, two 256K RAM boards, floppy disc board with two 5.25" drives, I/O board, sound card with two sneaky copies of the Winchester sound card, a floating-point add-on processor card, and a Pluto colour graphics card with added palette card. I called it Marvin.

Mr N B Bell
Hi I have a Thorn EMI WREN in good working order.Also has its ts Mannuals and software ...Nice old pc

What is a good selling price for one of these?
And what is a good buying price?

Voor hoeveel gaan Philips P2000T normaal gesproken?
Wat is een goede verkoopprijs?
En inkoopprijs?

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