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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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SPICA Ines
The Spica Ines was not really a true Spectrum clone. Spica actually started its business in Slovenia by manufacturing a pro-keyboard case for the Sinclair Spectrum. The user had to insert its Spectrum card into the case to obtain a near-professional system with a high-quality mechanical keyboard. Thanks to Bojan Pesek for information and pictures. ...
APPLE  APPLE IIc Plus
The Apple IIc Plus unit was a direct response to the Laser 128EX/2. Apple retrofitted the IIc design to try to compete with Video Technology's high-speed Apple II clone. The retrofitting is evident in the design of the motherboard. The motherboard runs at 1Mhz, unlike the Laser 128EX/2. In order to run its programs faster, Apple used a 4Mhz 65C02 with 8k of high speed SRAM cache and licensed the accelerator design from Zip Tec...
AMSTRAD  CSD
At the time when the Amstrad GX 4000 game console and the CPC+ computers were launched, Amstrad had designed this metallic box to be used by dealers as a demonstration model. It was mainly used in the UK by Dixons chain dealers. Of course, very few models were produced. When opening the front side of the sturdy aluminium case, one finds a metal plate covering the main board, actually a CPC 464+ motherboard, and a daughterb...
CW/P Cortex
With a few modifications en route, the Cortex system was bought by the British company C/WP ("Computers and Word Processors") from Ontel in USA where it was called Amigo. Major modifications were both to hardware, including easy service access, and software, all designed to make this micro more friendly. CW/P aimed it firmly at the mainstream office Word Processor market. The Cortex was in three main units, the keyboard, disc drive and display which house...
YENO SC 3000 / SC 3000H
The Yeno SC-3000 is the same computer as the Sega SC-3000. It was only rebadged YENO and sold in some european countries through a deal with Sega. Same with second version SC-3000 H (pictured here) which only improvement is its mechanical keyboard. See the Sega SC-3000 entry for more info......
ASCI SystemX
The ASCI SystemX, also called U68 was a single board training system that was used in an educational environment during the early 1980s. It was mounted in a wooden box and covered with a smoke colored plastic lid. When it was closed, all the electronic part was covered, except the 16 key hexadecimal keypad and a seven digit LED display. The main board featured a Motorola 6800 processor and an Exorciser bus connector. Several I/O boards could be connected to the system allowing micr...
XEROX  8 / 16
The "best of both worlds". The Xerox 8 / 16 belongs to a family which appeared at the end of the 8 bit era, when MS-DOS began to be a standard for the 16-bit systems. It has two CPUs, the Z80 allows the use of CP/M and the 8086 is for MS DOS and CP/M 86. This computer was actually two computers sharing certain resources, like the display, the power supply and the floppies but essentially seperate. This computer was one of the first, if not the first PC-sized computer that had concurrent process...
TELCON INDUSTRIES Zorba
The Zorba is one of the last 8 bits portable computer running the CP/M operating system. Its features were almost identical to the Kaypro II. The Zorba was first manufactured and sold by Telcon, a company specialized in telecomunication equipments manufacturing. For $190 more, the user could order the Perfect Software Package including the 'Perfect Writer' word processor, the 'Perfect Speller' spell checker, the 'Perfect Filer' database manager and the '...
MOTOROLA  WDR-1-Bit Computer
This is a homemade and nicely built training computer, and probably one of the rare computers in the world based on the 1-bit (yes, one bit) Motorola MC14500 processor. This machine was conceived en sold in Germany by DATANorf Hard and Software in kit or ready-built forms. Originally, the MC-14500, also called Industrial Control Unit (ICU) was a CMOS processor designed for controlling simple industrial devices and making binary decisions based on successive single bit information. ...
APPLE  APPLE IIe
After having sold more than 750,000 Apple II and II+ systems, making it one of the best-selling brands in the global computing market, Apple released an updated version of the II+, the Apple IIe ('e' standing for enhanced). It also met with very great success and was widely used in schools (still in use nowadays in some places!). While retaining the previous model's capabilities and software library, the enhanced version featured a revised logic boar...

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U.S. advert (1982)

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION
VT-180

 
1978 brochure #11

MSI
6800

 
UK brochure #4

COMMODORE
CBM 700 Series

 
1978 brochure #18

MSI
6800

 
Computer Notes

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
US advert, August 19...

COMMODORE
C128 - C128D

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

OLIVETTI
M20

 
U.S. ad (1982)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL III

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
French advert #3

ORIC
ATMOS

 
French advert (july ...

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Japanese advert.

YAMAHA
YIS-503 / Diabolik

 
US brochure (verso)

SANYO
MBC-1000

 
French ad (dec. 1986...

MULTITECH
MPF-I/88

 
French Advert

OLIVETTI
M10

 
German advert

BIT CORPORATION
BIT 60

 
US ad. June 1983

DYNALOGIC
HYPERION

 
1977 Advert #1

IMSAI
8048

 
French brochure #4

ORIC
ORIC 1

 
French advert

ACORN COMPUTER
ATOM

 
Tandy brochure cover

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
Apple Business Graph...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Brazilian advert (19...

DIGITUS
DGT100 / DGT1000

 
1977 advert

IMSAI
8080

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Wayne Rowlinson
8/20/2017
SCIENCE FAIR Microcomputer Trainer
The first year this appeared in any Radio Shack catalog was 1985. It shows "New for ''85" in its description.

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1985/hr155.html

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
INTERSYSTEMS DPS-1
In my post below, I didn''t finish a sentence.

The company I worked for sold Ithaca Intersystems computers with the usual trusty Televideo terminals, with the monochrome monitors.

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
INTERSYSTEMS DPS-1
Interesting that the guy who started the company added a comment!

In about 1980 or so I went to work for a small computer sales and service company in Oklahoma as the Service Manager. We sold Ithaca Intersystems computers to small businesses and court reporters$ most of our customers had two 8-inch floppy drives and ran C/PM (I think?). Some had Z-80A processors, and later the CPU cards had Z-80B CPUs which could utilize more RAM. Software was the Peachtree accounting software and Wordstar. To copy a file or create a directory, you had to use a program called "PIP" (Peripheral Interface Protocol or something like that), I seem to remember, instead of just a cp command. I had this fabulous system with the front lights and switches. The ones our customers got were plain looking. Wish I could remember more about the models. I can still see the S-100 bus, and those cards sitting into it, though.

There were the usual Televideo monochrome monitor

Besides the Intersystems sales and support, my assistant and I maintained all the ScanData cash register systems for Hardee''s restaurants in the state. Oh, that could be a nightmare.

Those big old 8-inch floppy drives with the Intersystems had to be realigned and serviced every few months, or the stepper motor and head would be unable to read previously formatted floppies! That was a pain in the rear, taking a loaner drive to a customer, making sure it could read their disks, then dragging their drive housing back to the company to use an oscilloscope and special alignment disk to tune it up. It was a mess if their disks couldn''t be read, but none of my customers ever lost their data. I remember how exciting it was when we got the first Winchester (I think) hard drive. Wish I could remember its capacity!

The company I worked for also sold Diablo daisy wheel printers, the 620 and 630 models, to go with the Intersystems computer. Those things were workhorses! The court reporters printed so much stuff on the Disaperf perforated continuous paper that they pounded the heck out of those 630s and they just kept on printing. I think I soldered hundreds of RS-232 connectors, making printer cables for those printers. Pin 2 was transmit, I think, pin 3 was receive, and pin 7 (or 20?) was ground. In those days, purchased computer cables were too expensive, and/or didn''t work with your system, so you had to make a custom one, anyway.

One of the people at Intersystems told me that Carl Sagan used an Ithaca Intersystems computer and Wordstar to write Cosmos.

Later our company went broke due to mismanagement by the CEO and Sales Manager, and I bought one of the systems and ran my own word processing business for awhile, and also serviced the computers for the previous customers for a few years on the side, til they got new IBM PCs. Wish I had kept that computer, the first one I owned.

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A
In September, 1979, I went to work at Texas Instruments in Lubbock, Texas, where the TI-99/4 and 99/4A was mostly manufactured. I was an electronic technician and did soldering and wire-wrap on prototypes in development, mostly software cartridges and add-on devices, as well as worked in testing, repair, burn-in (each new system was left on for several days, I think it was, then re-tested). And I helped train people on the assembly line. I did the wire-wrap prototype version of the speech synthesizer module$ a female engineer designed it$her name escapes me at the moment. .That speech synthesizer was a big deal for its time. She and I were the only two women in that module (and most of the rest of TI) who weren''t assembly line workers

Even though I worked on those computers, I could not afford to buy one for myself! Lordy, they were about $1,700 with all the extras such as the cassette tape drive, if I remember correctly, a fortune back then. But I did have a system at work to use! Much different than programming in FORTRAN on a mainframe!

In those days, another "module" or modular building at TI actually repaired people''s broken calculators and mailed them back to the user. Imagine that.

TI had these automated mail robots that followed a special painted line on the floor, in and out of modules and up and down the big hallway. We used to put stuff in front of them to see what would stop them and what wouldn''t. For 1979, it all was very futuristic to me.

Later, I moved to the Front End module to make more money, where I ran a boron/phosphorus ion implant machine, one of the several hundred processes in creating semiconductor chips. The implant machines were these huge particle accelerators that were the crankiest machines I ever worked with. The chips have multiple layers, and these machines placed a positive or negative charge on the unmasked areas of a chip''s layer. We made the first 256k memory chips there! Then I went back to college after I made enough money, and left TI and Lubbock, which were both good to me.

FRED
8/17/2017
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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Lynn
8/16/2017
TOSHIBA  T 1200
Want to find a replacement battery for a Toshiba laptop T1200XE System Unit. Have been told that the part number is PA8712U but may be as obselete as the laptop itself so would appreciate any info or part $ for a replacement battery that would work.

Obada El''esh
8/16/2017
TRIUMPH ADLER  ALPHATRONIC PC
Hello everyone,
does anyone know how much does it cost to get this legacy PC it''s great ? can we find it in auctions ? or something

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