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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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 (...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  LASER 2001
In June 1983, Video Technology presented a prototype of the Laser 2001 (and the Apple II compatible Laser 3000 the same day) which can use Colecovision and Atari VCS 2600 cartridges! The Laser 2001 was also sold as the Salora Manager in Scandinavia...
COMPUMEDIC Analog Computer
In 1971, Compumedic Sciences Incorporated launched this full featured desktop analog computer as a training device. Removable patch-connected modules included differential, summing as well as integrating amplifiers with resistive and capacitive feedback networks and comparators. On top of its training calling, this computer was used as a sound generator in several electronic music Studios. For more information about analog computer capabilities, see the He...
NEC  PC 8801 FA
The Nec PC-8801FA replaced the PC-88FH. This machine had really powerful sound functions. 6 FM channels could be separated into left and right. User could thus enjoy stereo sound through headphones or external speakers. ADPCM could change sound's frequency dynamically. 256 KB of RAM were provided as sound memory buffer. It was larger than main memory. N88 BASIC offered extended function for controlling these sound features, but not enough. Some of them couldn't be used with BASIC. Th...
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  LASER 100/110
The Laser 100/110 was the first model of the Laser 100/200/300 family. The ROM was nearly identical to the one of the Tandy Radio-Shack TRS-80 Color Computer, with only minor changes. It's so close that when people write Laser emulators, they use TRS-80 CoCo ROM documentations (Laser detailed documentations are hard to find, especially about the ROM itslef). The Basic was a Microsoft Basic jus...
CROMEMCO  C10
The C-10 is Cromemco's only attempt to step in the market of personal and family oriented computers. The goal was to compete with Apple II's and IBM PC's in small businesses as they started getting equipped with computer systems. This standard CP/M based system featured a 12'' screen housing a single motherboard, without extension capabilities (no S-100 bus), a keyboard and floppy drive. The CDOS operating system (a CP/M vari...
MATRA MAX 20
The MAX-20 (for Matra AX-20) was the same machine as the Axel 20. The main difference between them was the removal of the function keys in front of the monitor. The 'E' version probably meant 'Education' Although the machine was well conceived and the case offered a nice design, it had no success in the private sector because of its poor compatibility with the IBM-PC standard. However, about 1000 systems were sold to the French Department of Education as netwo...
SBS  SBS 8000
The SBS 8000 is an early japanese system. The most remarkable feature of the SBS 8000 is its originaly shaped case. It looks like the keyboard had been placed in an area cut with a knife. There are in fact two models of the SBS 8000. The basic model has only 16k or 32k RAM and a Basic language built-in (Super-Basic). The 12" monochrome monitor sold with it, could display 16 x 64 characters. The Super Basic was 100% compatible with the one in the TRS-80 (only higher resolution with t...
REGNECENTRALEN RC 700 Piccolo
Regnecentralen was a governmental agency founded in 1955 in order to build and run DASK (the first Danish computer), and for doing research in the computer field. The RC 702 Piccolo (RC 700 was the series) was thus used by most schools in Denmark. It was equiped with a Z80A microprocessor, could be shipped with one or two built-in 5" floppy disc drive and ran CP/M. The system supported CP/M and UCSD PASCAL, but was usually shipped with RC COMAL-80, a programming language which was used ext...
MORROW DESIGNS Decision 1
The Decision 1 is one of the last S-100 BUS based computer generation. Morrow Designs held it as the most flexible of all. On top of a classical CP/M 2.2 operating system, it also featured a special 8 bits version of Unix called Micronix, which allowed the compilation of many programs written in C for other machines under Unix. The Decision 1’s multi user version allowed to manage up to 15 users and 20 simultaneous tasks. According to Morrow Designs, testing confirmed the Decision ...
ATARI  1400 XL
The Atari 1400 XL has the same characteristics as the Atari 800/600 XL machines exept for some new features: a new custom chip called "FREDDY" which replaces the old discrete semiconductors & TTL chips of the 600/800 XL to manage the memory. It has a speech synthesizer chip (Votrax SC-01) and a built-in modem (Bell 103 compatible, 300 baud). Thus it was conceived as an enhanced version of the Atari 600XL and 800XL computers and was to be software and hardware c...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Satoshi Otsuka
5/1/2019
SEMI-TECH  Pied Piper
I used to work for the company as a design engineer after Pied Pier almost completed design phase. I enjoyed creating new designs especially graphics part using discrete components for next generation projects since no LSI solutions were available at the time. good old day.

Francis Remkiewicz
4/30/2019
AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS J100 - J500
In 1979 I worked for the IRS in Washington, DC. I convinced the IRS to sole source an AM Jacquard J500 for creating a time and attendance automated system for Headquarters, IRS. I worked with the AMfolks for over 18 months until completion. I was the first to transmit our DC data to the Data Center in Detroit over a 300 baud acoustic coupler.
That application, restructured many times is still in use by the IRS.
By the way, my 3 year old daughter learned to spell on Type-rite. Many a Saturday and Sunday she would accompany her dad to the office. Does anyone remember the heat issues with the J500? The heat in DC regardless of the A/C was a constant problem. I am glad to have been a tiny part of your history.

Cameron
4/26/2019
AMSTRAD  PPC 512 / 640
I still have one.In case with books and all cords.Except for the slew of D cell batteries one needs to have on hand if no plugs or 12v car holes are around it worked like a charm. And you can play some basic games on it.Reaaaaal basic.It is next to me right now. I like to take it to cyber cafes and plop it on a table just to see what people do and how they react.lol

Chris Appleton
4/16/2019
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
I''ve just acquired a Husky FC486, non-working. I''d love to get this functioning as I''d like to donate it to my local computer museum but (probably due to the military target market) there''s very little information on it.

It gets power, beeps three times if the digitiser is disconnected but not at all if it''s connected. The screen just shows some coloured lines and it goes no further. Anyone shed any light on where to find service manuals etc?

Pete
4/10/2019
DATAPOINT CORPORATION Datapoint 2200
Just an add-on to Gordon''s comment that he didn''t remember if the Datapoint 1100 came in a cassette only version. It did. I programmed on such a device in the 1975-1977 time frame, and it could do amazing things for its limited hardware specs (at least as compared to the 2200).

Michael Teggin
4/1/2019
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
If anyone has a old Husky from pre 1984 then I’d love to purchase one. Thanks to Alex for reminding everyone my job at 16 without qualifications and an education behind me! Did give me a great grounding with some great people I ‘seeved’ Didn’t do to bad taking over the whole of service and Operations and now mixing it with the directors and board of JLR! :)

Thanks to Husky Computers I got an education and a desire to progress in industry. Brilliant times and sadly missed in Coventry!

Skel
3/24/2019
APPLE  APPLE IIgs
The Apple IIgs was one of the biggest blunders Apple ever did! The Machine had an amazing graphics ability, fantastic sound system, the disk drives were whisper quiet and fast, the computer''s appearance on the desktop was pleasing, backward compatibility, and it''s operating system was the forerunner to the modern Mac one. A lot of care and time went into engineering this beast.

There was just one problem - the blunder was not the fault of the machine. NO, the problem was: Apple''s management was not interested in pushing it and preferred the Mac instead! BIG MISTAKE, if this had become the Mac, they would probably have millions and millions of more Mac users today! Such a waste!

I remember in my senior year in high school, the computer science department had brought in a whole room of these. The Apple IIgs was just better than the first few versions of the Mac at the time and we all preferred to use the IIgs than the Macs! I learned Pascal on the IIgs. I still have fond memories of this computer!


   LATEST SOFTWARE ADDITIONS
SUICIDE RUN
Sharp MZ-700
Knights - year unknown
 game - dodge
PINBALL / DUNGEON HUNT / BLOCKOUT (MG1011)
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game -
ROCKET PATROL
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game - shoot them up - shooting gallery - space
BOXING (MG1012)
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game - boxing - sport
VOLLEYBALL II
Motorola M-588135 pong chipset
Motorola - year unknown
 game - ball and paddle - sport - volleyball
TENNIS
Motorola M-588135 pong chipset
company unknown - year unknown
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
SOCCER
Arcade
RamTek - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - football - sport
BUSINESS FINANCE (26-3703)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application - business and financial application
MATH II (26-3710)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application - mathematics - science
GRAPHICS PAK (26-3715)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application -
CHEMISTRY MATH (26-3708)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application - chemistry - mathematics - science
PURSUIT
Arcade
Kee Games - 1974
 game - first person shooter - plane - shoot them up - war
TABLE TENNIS
Arcade
Nutting Associates - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
SPRINT 2
Arcade
Kee Games - 1976
 game - car - racing - top-down view
TANK II
Arcade
Kee Games - 1974
 game - duel - maze - tank

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APPLE
APPLE III

 
Power... is expensiv...

IMSAI
8080

 
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COMMODORE
C128 - C128D

 
U.S. advert(1982)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI-55-II

 
French advert (1981)

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
close-up

RESEARCH MACHINES
Nimbus PC

 
Promotional picture

MICROKEY KFFT
PRIMO A-32

 
UK advert (dec. 1979...

ACORN COMPUTER
System 1

 
US advert, Nov. 1985

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL 4

 
French advert

CANON
V-20

 
QL catalogue #6

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
Advert #1

SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
Baked Apple

APPLE
APPLE II+

 
U.S. advert (1980)

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
The personable compu...

INTERTEC
SUPERBRAIN

 
French advert (july ...

AMSTRAD
CPC 664

 
NorthStar brochure #...

NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
Apple Business Graph...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
U.K. ad. 1984

CW/P
Cortex

 
8-page US advert #2

COMPAQ
Portable III

 
French ad

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Serie 5

 
Japanese advert

PANASONIC
FS A1 WX / WSX

 
New Zeland ad. (1980...

ISC (INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS CORP)
CompuColor II

 
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