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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 (...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
INTERACT Home Computer System
The Interact computer had a very short life in USA. It had only just got in production when the Interact Co. of Ann Arbor MI, went bankrupt. Several thousand machines were produced though. Some of them were sold by Protecto Enterprizes of Barrington, IL, the liquidator, but the main part was sold by MicroVideo, also of Ann Arbor. Protecto bought lots of back-of-the-magazine ads for years, always printed with "WE LOVE OUR CUSTOMERS". The Interact shipped with 2 joysticks, a built-in tape recor...
NEC  PC 6001 MK 2
The PC 6001 MK II was an improvement over the orginal PC-6001. It was available in two color cases: silver and ivory. The system could work under three different Basic modes: N60 Basic, N60 Extended Basic and N60m Basic, each one offering different text and graphic modes, the maximum being 320x200 with 4 colors. There is a ROM holding 1024 chinese characters.
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dimitris theodoropoylos from...

COMMODORE  SX/DX 64 - Executive computer
The SX/DX 64 is the "laptop version" (though hardly portable) of the C64. This computer has a built-in 5" color screen (just about enough for the eyes), a detachable keyboard with new functions, and one or two 5.25" floppy disk drives (the famous 1541), depending on the model. The DX-64 and the SX-100 (SX-64 with black & white monitor) were first announced in January 1983 but the SX-100 never made it to the shelves and was replaced by the SX-64 later that year....
DATA SOFT  VDP 80
The Data Soft VDP 80 is french version of the IMSAI VDP 80....
IMSAI  VDP 80
The IMSAI VDP-80 was the first commercially succesful business computer, accounting for almost 50% of the store sales where I worked at the time. It was delived with 48 KB or 64 KB of RAM, and newer systems offered the Persci 299, double-sided, double density floppy drives. Both models of Persci (277 or 299) were a dual drive with a shared voice coil positioner in the center. The primary CP/M applications were Electric Pencil or Wordstar which made them a hit in law offices. FMS-80 (databa...
SHARP  X1-CS (CZ-803C)
The X1cs, as well as the X1ck, are derived from the X1c. They are low price models. The difference between X1c and X1cs, is that the X1c can be connected to a 4 colors plotter/printer, whereas the X1cs has two I/O ports instead of the plotter/printer connector. Tape Basic and Disk Basic were available but had to be loaded from tape....
DICK SMITH VZ200
The Dick Smith VZ-200 and VZ-300 were very popular in Australia and New Zealand from 1983 to 1990. The VZ200 was the same model as the VTech Laser 200. Despite of its poor chicklet keyboard and short RAM space, users could find hundreds of programs from local magazines, Dick Smith store or from several very active VZ user clubs. Several peripherals and add-on were quickly available, among them, a 16 KB RAM plug-in module, a tape recorder, a mouse, a Speech ...
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  Computer 99/8
The 99/8 was intended as an upmarket companion to the TI 99/4A . Something like a small business computer. However, at TI they didn't think it would generate any income, so it was never released. It has built-in features which were optional in the 4A : The speech synthesiser and the Pascal UCSD ROM card. It is a prototype computer and was never marketed. _______________________ Very interesting information from CC Clarke
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION RAINBOW 100
The Rainbow 100 had a proprietary floppy drive format. Disks formatted for the Rainbow 100 could not be read or written to by other PC computers, even though materially they were the same type of 5'' disk. Chris Ryan reports: There were two versions : the model 100 and the model 100+. The 100 had 64 KB soldered RAM and the 100+ had 128KB with a socket expansion for an other option board. The system was triple boot (in BIOS, and could be set for...
LOGYSTEM  ECRITEXT
We don't know much about this strange French computer. It was designed by Patrick Jossier, an award winning French designer, to be used as a word processing computer and only few were sold. This computer was dedicated to word processing (with a 80*25 text resolution), had a 'hidden' CP/M OS launching the text processor at start. Main CPU was Z80/4MHz, the other Z80 was dedicated to keyboard/display, almost like an 'integrated terminal'. This computer was 100% french made, from hardware to ...

   RANDOM ADVERTS
UK advert #1

JUPITER CANTAB
Jupiter Ace

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

ACT
Apricot PC

 
French advert (1984)

EXELVISION
EXL 100

 
New Zealand advert  ...

MITS
Altair 8800b

 
French advert (septe...

HEATHKIT / ZENITH
Z-100/110/120

 
French advert (1983)

SANYO
PHC 25

 
U.K. ad (Dec. 1985)

MEMOTECH
MTX 500 /512

 
homo-computerus

HOLBORN
9100

 
Promotional leaflet

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
US advert #1

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer

 
Advert

CASIO
FP 1000 / FP 1100

 
French advert #2 (ju...

OLIVETTI
M24

 
Z-2D advert (1977)

CROMEMCO
Z-2

 
Advert (october 1982...

SMT
Goupil 2

 
Original article

GALAKSIJA
Galaksija

 
US advert, Oct 1985

YAMAHA
CX5M Music Computer

 
M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
1976 Xmas catalog

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
US advert (april 198...

VISUAL TECHNOLOGY
Visual 1050

 
French leaflet

SHARP
MZ-3500

 
French advert (1987)

ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS
Z-171 PC

 
1977 Advert #1

IMSAI
8048

 
ThinkJet advert

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-150

 
Charlie Chaplin #3

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 

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12/18/2018
DATAVUE Spark
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Frédéric
12/12/2018
AMSTRAD  CPC 5512
If I remember correctly, the aim of the joke was to tell Amstrad not letting their users down and to push them making a better machine. The disclaimer about the article being a joke was (said to be) forgotten/lost in the final layout, and got published the week after as en erratum.

This satiric newspaper was mostly source-code oriented (typos included !) and the news part contained lots of provocations towards computer firms (along with random dark/absurd humor illustrations) which made them go to court quite often.
They also ran a weekly programming challenge ("Les deulignes" meaning the twolines) praising short theme-free programs (utility, joke, fun, tips) which respected the rule of being programmed in BASIC and were 2 lines long. Lines could contain several statements.

An example of joke-program featured that I remember :
10 cls : print "How to keep an idiot busy for hours ?" : print "Press any key to figure out..."
20 while inkey$$"" : wend : goto 10

Donald Woo
11/28/2018
PHILIPS  P3000
Worked with the founder (Steve Dorsey) in Montreal assembling Micom 2000 in 1978 (or 1979 ?) and transfer to Ottawa servicing Micom 2000 to P3000 and The Swift was a portable unit (like a laptop). Yes, we had Qume Printer, Tec Printer, Diablo printer and a laser printer. We also had OCR and 1200B communication modem talking to the outside world plus connected two (2) Micom together with a null modem cable. P5020 was a European version of the P3000 of the North American version, it brings back lots of old memory.

Yubert
11/27/2018
DATAPOINT CORPORATION Datapoint 2200
Nice to find this forum on Datapoint. Datapoint was my first job out of college. I worked in the Los Angeles office and was in the college newhire program. The newhire program lasted ~9 months, we spent 3 weeks in San Antonio for technical and sales training, then 3 months back in our field office. This 3 week/3 mth cycle repeated two more times. I supported customers like See''s Candies/Bluechip Stamps, Home Savings, Western Oil $ Gas and Korn Ferry. I joined Datapoint in 1982 and left after ~2 years. I recall there was a new language, DASL and a new OS called RMS, both were very advanced for the time. Datapoint sure was innovative with ARCnet, Lightlink, and all those mainframe emulators. Datapoint sure was fun and a great entry into the Computer Industry.

mabel Williams
11/9/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
ATM CARD
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11/5/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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