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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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WELECT  80.2
Little information available about this professional computer running CP/M. An optional hard disk (5 or 10 mb) could be connected....
SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION 6800
The SWTPC 6800 was the first computer system made by The SouthWest Technical Products Corporation and the first based on the Motorola 6800 microprocessor. Before manufacturing computers, SWTPC sold home audio kits and a kind of computer terminal called "Television Typewriter". The SWPTC 6800 was introduced in 1975. The first system included a case with power supply housing a SS-50 and SS-30 bus based motherboard, a 6800 CPU card, a 2 KB. static RAM card and ...
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...
RCA Cosmac VIP
The Cosmac VIP, originaly named VP-111, is a typical hobbyist "single-board" computer sold as a kit. You had to build it yourself ! The system uses a RCA CDP-1802 microprocessor like the RCA Studio II video game system. In fact the Studio II is very similar to the VIP and can be considered as its video-game version. But the VIP is also somehow an improved version of the original Cosmac Elf board system, described in Popular Electronics magazine, august 76 an...
OSBORNE CORP.  VIXEN
The VIXEN is bundled with CP/M 2.2, WordStar 3.3, Supercalc 2, MBASIC, a game called Desolation, Osboard Software (for drawing graphics), Media Master (to transfer data to MS DOS disks) and Turnkey to change some system features. The Osborne VIXEN was priced at $1298. An optional 10 MB hard disk could be added with an interface card (the hard disk was $1498, more than the computer !). Curtis A. Ingraham (who worked for Osborne) reports: The Osborne Vixen was i...
PANASONIC FS A1 FX
The Panasonic FS-A1 FX is a MSX2+ computer. MSX2+ computers were only produced by Panasonic, Sony and Sanyo. There were only available in Japan... The FS A1 FX had 64 KB RAM, 128 KB VRAM, built-in disk drive and A1 Cockpit Internal Software without FM-BIOS (MSX Music Basic ROM). It also features JIS 1st Class Kanji Support (128KB), but no built-in FM sound chipset, the sound cartridge was sold separately. Ren-Sha Turbo feature provides auto-fire mode whil...
PHILIPS  VG 5000
This computer was created and made in France by a company called RTC. It was the first home computer released by Philips. It was not MSX compliant and or compatible with the other Philips VG computers. The basic was written by Microsoft. It was designed to be a cheap computer for beginners and school purpose. Philips planned to develop a lot of peripherals for this computer : synthetiser, memory card, floppy disk unit, videodisc...
THOMSON  TO 9 PLUS
The Thomson TO 9 plus is the successor of the Thomson TO 9 which had a very short career. Its characteristics are the same than the Thomson TO 8/TO 8 D. In fact, it was fully compatible with it and by the way with the Thomson MO 6. It was, like the Oric Telestrat designed to be used as a Minitel (french videotext terminal) server and has a built-in V23 modem (1200/75 bauds) which was accessible und...
SHARP  X1 (CZ-800C)
This is the first member of the X1 family. Difficult to locate this computer in the Sharp family, it has some characteristics of the MZ 2000 but is not compatible with it. The X1 family had a very great success in Japan, and the last models were very powerful. Go figure why Sharp didn't market these computers outside Japan… The most famous and strong feature of the X1 series is its Programmable Charactor Generator(PCG). Tape Basic and Disk Basic were availa...
NEC  PC-88 VA 2
There were 2 product lines in NEC personal computers. PC-98xx (16bit) series for business, and PC-8xxx (8bit) series for home-entertainment. The PC-88VA 2 was a PC-8xxxx series machine but also had V30 complatible mode, called V3 mode (the NEC V30 cpu was upper compatible with the Intel 8086). Thus, tough it was designed for home entertainment, the PC-88 VA /2 could be used for businesses. PC-88VA /2 was one of the highest performance machine in 1987. Especially, its graphic features were ...

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TI 99 / 4A

 
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FUJITSU
FM 11 EX

 
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MITS
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PASOPIA 7

 
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Superboard II

 
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JD series

 
Commodore watches!

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HEATHKIT
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H1 / H1E

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
RayWashed
8/30/2014
SANYO  MPC 100
I have a MPX-100, but mine has no light pen and no hole, it seems it''s never had it, where it should be there is a round plastic where says "64K"

jt august
8/30/2014
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A
The TI-99/4a was a follow up to the TI-99/4, which is missing from the museum. The machine was at its time the most powerful on the market, at 16-bits and screaming fast, but TI mandated that everything developed for it had to go through the GPL interpreter, which slowed program flow to start with. But the BASIC interpreter was written in GPL, so it was double interpreted, making it the slowest executing BASIC ever released. And TI sought to keep all software release in house, which proved to be a horrible business model, as has been seen more than once over the years.

jt august
8/30/2014
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A
The TI-99/4a was a follow up to the TI-99/4, which is missing from the museum. The machine was at its time the most powerful on the market, at 16-bits and screaming fast, but TI mandated that everything developed for it had to go through the GPL interpreter, which slowed program flow to start with. But the BASIC interpreter was written in GPL, so it was double interpreted, making it the slowest executing BASIC ever released. And TI sought to keep all software release in house, which proved to be a horrible business model, as has been seen more than once over the years.

Martin Ward
8/28/2014
COMPUKIT UK-101
Change the dollar sign to a hash sign in the URL''s below

Martin Ward
8/28/2014
COMPUKIT UK-101
If you have old software on cassette tape, which no longer loads, I have written a program which analyses the tape (saved as a wav file) and extracts the data:

http://www.gkc.org.uk/martin/software/$CUTS

My collection of Compukit UK101 software can be downloaded from here:

http://www.gkc.org.uk/martin/software/$UK101

Gary Cartwright
8/28/2014
IBM  AN/FSQ-7
I was hired by IBM in 1958 to help install and maintain the ANFSQ-7 at DC-13 at KI Sawyer AFB outside of Marquette Mich. By that time the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) systems were being installed in 3 story buildings. The computer was amazing compared to what we have today. What we call RAM today was a 64K core memory unit (that was the "Big Memory Retrofit - the original was 4K)

I was part of the maintenance team until the USAF Operation Bluesuit, which turned over maintenance to Air Force personnel. I stayed on as Contract Technical Services until the site was closed in 1963. It was the basis for my continued career in IBM in "commercial" field service, eventually programing support, engineering and finally product pricing before I retired. Since then I have built PC''s as a hobby. SAGE was the great beginning of that career.

Tom
8/27/2014
COMMODORE  C64
A piece of computer history. Sometimes I ask myself where we would be without it.

I must say, back in the day I hated the C64. I "grew up" on CBM30XX machines and owned a VIC-20. It was the arrogance of the C64 users toward the VIC which made me not want a C64 and in fact it wasn''t until sometime in the early 90s that I bought one of them (C64G) and only because it was dirt cheap. This one has been passed on to my brother a long time ago but I have since purchased an original C64 (the brown breadbox) and two C64C in a bundle for the horrendous sum of $1. One of the "C"s works the other two have faulty graphics. The screen just shows garbled rubbish on one and stays black on the other. Eventually they will be wall mounted in my study, (together with a VIC-20, a C16 and a TI99/4A). Now I am chasing a "Aldi C64", another C64G and if at all possible, a SX-64 to complete the collection.



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