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   LATEST ADDITIONS
BANDAI Arcadia
The Bandai Arcadia, is the same system as the Emerson Arcadia 2001, but sold in Japan. Please see this entry for more detailed informations. The Arcadia 2001 clones includes : Advision Home Arcade (France), Bandai Arcadia (Japan), GiG Electronics Leonardo (Italy), Hanimex HMG-2650, Leisure-Dynamics Leisure-Vision, Intercord XL 2000 system, Eduscho / Tchibo Tele-Fever, etc... It...
BANDAI TV Jack 5000
The TV Jack 5000 from Bandai released in 1978 is one of the first cartridge based system from Japan. It's the equivalent of european and american systems like the Hanimex SD-050, Acetronic Color TV Game, Prinztronic Micro 5500, SHG Blackpoint, Binatone Cablestar, Radofin telesports, etc. There have been tons of systems like these. The TV Jack 5000, like all these systems, use cartridges based on General Instruments chipsets which offers different games on each chip. That's why all these sy...
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...
UNIVERSUM Multispiel 2006
Basic pong system based on the popular AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments....
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...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
SOCIÉTÉ OCCITANE D'ELECTRONIQUE OC 2000
What a funky system ! This is a french system, made in Toulouse, south of France. Société Occitane d'Eléctronique often released systems (pongs, consoles and computers) with original 70's cosmetic design. It is software compatible with the Interton VC-4000 and "clones". This doesn't mean that it can use the Interton cartridges, as they won't fit, but the internal specs and software are the same. The CPU is the 2650A from Signetics and the Video Controller...
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  MODEL 500
This board was used as a motherboard for the Challenger II. Three Model 500 versions were sold: 500: The board. 500-1: Fully enclosed board with power supply, reset switch and two standard terminal connectors. 500-8: A 500 board in an eight slot Challenger case with power supply. OHIO Scientific presented later an enhanced version called SuperKit. It was a 3 board-set with a Model 500 board without the serial interface, a video boa...
SHARP  X1-CK (CZ-804C)
The X1ck, as well as the X1cs, are derived from the X1c. They are low price models. The difference between X1c and X1ck, is that the X1ck has a "KANJI" ROM (Chinese characters, character matrix 16x16 pixels) as standard. Tape Basic and Disk Basic were available but had to be loaded from tape....
PALLADIUM Video-Computer-Game
The Palladium Video-Computer-Game is one of the many systems "software-compatible" with the Emerson Arcadia 2001. Though, the Emerson Arcadia 2001 is the most popular system of this console group, it was not necessarily at the origin of it. Things must be seen differently. Philips / Signetics developped a hardware platform to demonstrate the possibilities of their Signetics 2650 & 2636 chipsets. Somehow, this hardware was licenced (by Philips?) to many th...
COMMODORE  AMIGA 4000
In 1992 Commodore launched the most advanced Amiga yet. The A4000 used the AGA chipset to allow it to show 256,000 colours on screen from a palette of 16.8 million, as well as the new Workbench 3 that introduced the concept of among other things, datatypes. The Amiga 4000 is one of the most powerful Amigas ever made. As a replacement for the A3000 & A3000T, the A4000 was a combination of the A2000 (big box), A3000 (vertical slots (integrated hard drive controller) and A1200 (AGA chips). As s...
SONY  Hit-Bit F1XD
This MSX 2 system, is basicaly a Sony HB-F1 with a 3.5" disk drive built-in the case (2DD, 720 KB). The keyboard is quite complete with a numeric keypad and special keys. There is a hardware PAUSE-button which hangs the computer when pressed. The SPEED-CONTROLLER slider (slow-motion) and the REN-SHA-TURBO slider (auto-fire for both joysticks and spacebar) are nice features for playing games. Sadly this computer was only sold in Japan, so it's pretty hard to...
CONVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES Workslate
Convergent Technologies of Santa Clara, California introduced the Worslate the same time as the Tandy Model 100. Although it was about the same size of the Model 100, the Workslate was primarily a spreadsheet machine. No other software could be loaded except some application which was adaptations of the basic spreadsheet program. The Workslate used a CMOS version of the old 6800 processor and 16B KB of RAM. RAM size couldn't be extended and allowed a limited 7...
EPCOM / SHARP Hotbit HB-8000
The HOTBIT HB-8000 was, along with the Gradiente Expert, the only MSX system officialy available in Brasil (though imported MSX systems like the Canon V-20, Yamaha CX5, Yashica YC-64, etc. could be bought). It was developped by Sharp and marketed by Epcom. It is a classic MSX 1 computer, with 64 KB RAM and two cartridge slots (one on top, and the "expansion" port on the side of the system). MSX systems did very well in Brasil and litteraly killed the previous ...
SHARP  X68000 Expert
The X68000 Expert is the successor of the X68000 Ace and Ace HD. It has 2 MB RAM. It was launched in the same time than the X68000 Pro and seems to have the same characteristics....
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
The Victor 9000 / Sirius S1 was conceived by Chuck Peddle who also designed the first Commodore PETs. This machine was quite innovative and superior in many points to the original IBM PC. It met a certain success in Europe as the IBM PC was not yet available there, whereas the Sirius S1 (european name of the Victor 9000) was. ACT sold a lot of these systems in UK, and their first "homemade" computer, the Apricot PC, borrowed a lot to the Sirius S1. The mechanical keyboard is very complete and...

   LATEST COMMENTS
maxra
8/22/2019
HONEYWELL DDP-516
"The best toy I ever found in GDR"
DDP516 cloned for KRS4200

In the early 70ts or late 60ts somebody has carried some boxes with electronics over the iron boarderline ...
In the eastern germany, GDR, in german: DDR, the guys of ROBOTRON reengenierd this arpa-net-"router" and build a funny nice toy driven by the operators mostly by a typewriter.
( papertape, drums, magnetic-tape also)

the best thing was the bootloading process, operated through the binary "console". Not so nice styled like the original, but with stable working buttons, - so if not in cold mornings the buttons were jumping around. But in seconds they were touched back ...

Very much fun, when the operating girls searching for the buttons around the mt-device and under the drum-section ...

But back to the facts:
KRS4200 has also rewritten opcodes: all the abbreviations stand for german words. So also was developd a "german speaking" BASIC.

In the middle of the 80 were so many "KRS" devices in the GDR, that a special hardware-emulator device emulating KRS was developed for the GDR - PDP11-derivat A6400 (This was the follower-device past KRS in the planing-economy of the GDR.). The result: my moonlanding game (commandline driven) was 10 times faster then on original KRS.

Today are only 2 or 3 devices in some museums. One you can find in "technische Sammlungen Dresden".

The guys of Halle-Computer-museum have some nice old pic of the device:
here some with a best looking DDR-folklore-sheet under the console:
http://www.robotrontechnik.de/bilder/Grossrechner/R4200/R4200_8_k.jpg

here is the website with some stuff around KRS4200:
http://www.robotrontechnik.de/index.htm?/html/computer/r4200.htm

N. Fleschy
8/21/2019
TANDY RADIO SHACK  2000
I loved my Tandy 2000 with its 3 volumes of instructions, including one for Basic, one for MSDos and one for Multimate.
It also had an Edline program for making a simple data base.
A program on one disc allowed for converting Multimate files to simple ASCII which allowed me to convert to be usable on a later computer. It was a workhorse. I was not interested in games, but more important was the ease of typing and editing a document. The printer did a nice job. It certainly beat using a typewriter!

Richard E Sgrignoli
8/20/2019
NEC  PC 8801
I was in the Air Force stationed in Japan (Misawa Air Base), and I bought the PC-8801n in Aomori, Japan with my reenlistment bonus in April 1982. The manuals were all in Japanese, so I hadn''t really been able to use it to its full potential. I used it for the next five years until I bought a Dell System 25, but the PC-8801 (now my secondary computer) lasted for about 12 years (until 1994) when it became inoperable due to the post office damaging the 8" dual drive when I shipped it from one duty station (Key West) to the next (Hawaii).

Marvin Johnston
8/20/2019
POLYMORPHIC  POLY 88
I probably have the worlds largest collection of remaining Polymorphic drawings, boards, etc. While I am not very quick on responding... too much stuff :)..., I may be able to help with information. My collection includes four or five Poly 88s, a Poly 8810, Poly 8813, and maybe around 200 spare boards in various stages from partially built to complete and tested plus two filing cabinets full of Poly documentation. My next project will be to start archiving all the software. I probably have several thousand Poly disks, both 5 1/4" and 8", so this will take a while!

Corey Lynch
8/19/2019
TANDY RADIO SHACK  Color Computer 3
Michael Devenney, I am definitely interested. please E-mail me at the.lynchster@gmail.com

Mark (Michigan)
8/18/2019
SEEQUA  CHAMELEON
I got mine at a computer show in Detroit when the computer was about a year old. It still fires up. I did have to replace the power supply. (try to find one!) I wish they would make a Windows, Mac dual boot laptop!!!

technology history junky
8/16/2019
R2E  MICRAL-N
nitpick: it is not fair description to call the 8008 "8-bit 4004".
the 4004 was very limited intel in-house design, and not much was left from this - i think the 4040 and there the dynasty ends/

the 8008 was built to CTC instruction set, same as datapoint 2200, which was a reasonably capable processor. (interesting tidbit is that CTC also asked TI to build one, not just intel. they came up with a chip, and had samples, but very few people ever saw one, let alone a working circuit with one).
its weaknesses were the straight jacket of 18-pin package, and only 14 address bits, so only 16K.
the 8080 added a lot more than just the 40-pin package and 16 address lines, but it''s hard to argue that those were the main difference.

it is fair to say that the 8008 was closer to the 8080 which started the revolution than to the 4004/ i believe the instruction set of the 8008 is the foundation of the 8080, which was the foundation of the 8086, and all the way to the intel engine which still runs the world to this day.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
DORAEMON (22)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1985
 game - doraemon
GOLGO 13 (G-1014)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Saito Production, Sega - 1984
 game - shooting gallery
PADDLE PINBALL I / PINPADDLE I / RACKET PINBALL I
Atari Video-Pinball (C380)
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - pinball
RIP-OFF (VT3102)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2
 game - shoot them up - vector graphics
FLICKY (G-1036)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1984
 game - platform
BASIC LANGUAGE
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 application - basic - programming language
SUPER BURNOUT (J9052E )
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Shen (developer), Virtual Xperience - 1995
 game - motorbike - racing
.38 AMBUSH ALLEY
Action Max
Sourcing International, Ltd - 1987
 game - lightgun - police - shooting gallery
SYNDICATE (8002-SYNJAG)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari, Bullfrog Productions (developer), Electronic Arts, Ocean Software (publisher) - 1995
 game - isometric 3d - real time strategy
CRYSTAL MINES II (PA2105)
Atari Lynx
Atari, Color Dreams - 1992
 game - maze - puzzle
FORTRESS OF NARZOD (VT3304)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5
 game - shoot them up - vector graphics
STAR SHIP (CX2603)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1977
rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2
 game - 3d - shoot them up - space - star trek
HOCKEY
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - hockey - sport
SHANGHAI (PA2063)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Mediagenic (developer) - 1990
 game - mind games - shanghai
PONG
Atari Super Pong (C140)
Atari - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis

   RANDOM ADVERTS
French advert #3

CANON
X-07

 
Promotional leaflet

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer 2

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

I.S.T.C. (INFORMATIC SYSTÈMES TÉLÉCOM)
5000

 
English leaflet

ACORN COMPUTER
Archimedes A5000

 
QL catalogue #5

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
Japanese flyer - ver...

EPOCH
Super Cassette Vision

 
German brochure #3

ATARI
STACY

 
Computer Notes

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
German leaflet #1

SHARP
MZ 800 - MZ 1500

 
First Victor advert ...

SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
Russian advert - pag...

LEMZ
Agat

 
commercial pamphlet ...

CENTRAL DATA
2650

 
QL catalogue #4

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
Brochure #2

BAINBRIDGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, INC.
Dolphin

 
US ad. June 1983

TELEVIDEO
Personal Mini PM/4T

 
First advert

OLIVETTI
Programma P101/P102

 
US ad. August 1985

TELEVIDEO
Personal Mini PM/4T

 
French Advert.

VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 310

 
NorthStar cards

NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
French ad

COMPAQ
Portable

 
Japanese advert #4

CANON
X-07

 
Byte shopper

IMSAI
8080

 
German advert

OLIVETTI
M20

 
Stupid picture

SMH - ALCATEL
ALPHA Plus

 
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