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   LATEST ADDITIONS
ECD CORPORATION Micromind
The Micromind was a very innovative machine ahead of its time ! But despite the small group working on the machine, prototyping and developing, and pushing the limits of the time, the machine never shipped. Apparently only a few prototypes were produced. Development began as early 1975/1976 but commercial adverts appeared only in 1977. One of the main features of the Micromind was its innovative (for the time) redefinable characters. Up to 120 characters could be software redefined by the ...
SEMI-TECH (STM) PC
This extremely rare computer is Portable PC (IBM compatible) conceived in the same plastic case as the Pied Piper, released by the same company in 1983. This computer incorporates a lot of features in a compact case, which was quite innovative at the time: built-in LCD display, printer, modem, phone and disk drives ! The STM PC is based on an Intel 80186 processor and two quadruple-density disk drives. The processor is faster than the one used in the IBM PC, a...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Goliath
Logical’s Goliath is a server or disk file storage device has it was described at the time. It has a capacity for 10 MByte, 30 MByte or 50 MByte of fixed disk storage and 10 MBytes of removable storage. The unit, which also houses the controller, may have memory ranging from 64K to 256K and capacity for up to 20 terminals. Up to 20 Tina or David computers can link to Goliath as a distributed data processing system. For ...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Adam
The Adam was the first computer released by Logical Machine Corporation (LOMAC) in 1975. In 1978 they also produced Tina which stands for "TINy Adam". In 1983 Logical released the David, and the L-XT in 1983. There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythic...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Tina
The Adam was the first computer released by Logical Machine Corporation (LOMAC) in 1976. In 1978 they produced Tina which stands for "TINy Adam". It seems to have the same specs as David but with two 8'' floppy disk drives. There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythical story found in the biblical Book of S...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) L-XT
The L-XT was the last computer released by Logical Business Machines, after the Adam, the David, the Tina and the Goliath in 1982. It was announced at the 1983 COMDEX Fall in Las Vegas, and commercially available in March 1984. The L-XT uses a 16-bit Intel 8088 CPU with 192KB RAM, and equipped with a 5.25'' floppy drive unit (320 KB capacity) and a 10 MB hard disk (upgradable to 60 MB)...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) David
The David is not the first computer released by Logical Business Machines. In 1974, LOMAC (Logical Machine Corporation) released the Adam. Some times later they also produced Tina (for TINy Adam). There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythical story found in the biblical Book of Samuel. The David is powered by a 16-bit Intel 8086 CPU w...
GESPAC Gescomp 720 / 730
GESPAC SA was a Swiss company who designed the G-64/96 Bus in 1979. This interface bus concept provides a simple way to interface microprocessor modules with memory and peripheral modules on a parallel bus. The G-64/96 Bus uses a simple, yet modern and powerful interface scheme which allows a higher level of functionality from the single height Eurocard form factor. The low overhead of the G-64/96 Bus interface greatly eases the design of custom boards by the User. This is why, even many year...
WELECT  W86
The W86 is a french computer released in 1983 by Welect. It's the second computer released by Welect after the W80.2. The W86 is powered by an Intel 8086 (hence its name) to catch up with the IBM PC compatible trend of the moment and is thus able to run MS-DOS. But the W86 is also equipped with a Z80A to also be CP/M compatible. It's thus an hybrid machine typical of the mid-80s when the professional industry was moving from CP/M to MS-DOS. There is 128 KB...
SMOKE SIGNAL CHIEFTAIN COMPUTERS The Chieftain 9822
In 1978, Smoke Signal Chieftain Computers (SSCC) released their first computer: The Chieftain, followed in 1980 by the Chieftain Business System, an update to the original Chieftain. At the start of 1982, the company introduced the Chieftain 9822, an update to the Business System featuring the same processor and static RAM options, as well as the same nine-slot bus equipped with the first two Chieftains. The system could be equipped with either two 8-inch or two 5.25-inch floppy drives and...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
ATARI  1200 XL
The Atari 1200 XL was the predecessor of the Atari 600/800 XL. It had much of the same characteristics, except the size of its ROM (16 KB instead of 24 KB) the BASIC Interpreter being supplied on a cartridge. Because the built-in Operating System was not designed very well, people are known to have swapped the OS ROM chip from their 800XL & put in the 1200 XL. This machine was a flop in the marketplace and would be produced for only 4 months before being repla...
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
Following the surprise withdrawal of the Neo Geo Pocket, SNK immediately launched the Neo Geo Pocket Color (NGPC). The NGPC was available in six different colours. Internally the hardware was almost identical to the earlier Neo Geo Pocket, but now featured a colour display. Again SNK released ports of their arcade games, but the most notable game must surely be Sonic The Hedgehog - Pocket Adventure, which was the first ever Sonic game to be released...
KAYPRO Kaypro 1
The Kaypro 1 wasn't the first computer Kaypro launched, but quite one of the last ones. When the company started getting strapped for money they changed the model name of some of their previous systems, modified the case design, added some minor hardware improvements and launched them as new models. The Kaypro 1 was thus no more than a rebadged version of the 2X model which was itself a light evolution of a previous version called 4'84! The main difference between the 1 and 2X versions...
ZBA Consul 2717
ZBA is the abbreviation of Zbrojovka Brno. Brno being the Czech city the company was located in. The Consul 2717 was a clone of the Tesla PMD 85.2 but had a very different design. The mainboard was located in the display case and the keyboard had a more professional look. The machine was only sold to Czech schools. In its basic version it was used with the built-in BASIC-G interpreter which had some graphic commands. Programs could be stored throug...
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....
COLECO  ADAM
The ADAM is available in two models, the complete system and Expansion Module #3. When the memory console of Expansion Module #3 is connected to the ColecoVision, the two models are essentially identical in function. The unit pictured here is the expasion module #3 (it is shorter than the complete unit). The expansion module #3 uses part of the Colecovision hardware, thus the memory unit doesn't have any cartridge slot, and isn't delivered with any controllers nor TV switch box. The whole sys...
COMMODORE  Amiga 600
After being on sale for only a few months the Amiga 500 Plus was replaced with the Amiga 600 in March 1992. The smallest Amiga ever made, it is similar in size to a laptop and weighs just 6 lbs. Originally the A600 was to be sold alongside the A500+ as a budget model to be named the Amiga 300, but instead replaced the A500+ which required a name change. Very early models of the A600 have A300 printed on their motherboards, an indication of the confusion ...
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...
ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS ACS-580
This was a multi-post system based on Z80 CPUs. It could handle up to 3 users, or more with optional cards. To connect the terminals, there are several RS232 ports at the back of the system, labeled JA, JB, JC, JD, JE, etc... The ports not used by the terminals could be used to connect a modem or a printer for example. This system was quite well designed with its squashed hexagon shaped box and its thin monitor. These are medium-sized desktop cases, usually beige but often came in custom colo...
SINCLAIR  ZX 81
The Sinclair ZX 81 was the successor of the ZX 80, and can be regarded as an evolution of it. The ZX80 could not handle floating point numbers or cassette data files, but the ZX-81 could. The ZX-80 had 4k ROM : the ZX-81 had 8K ROM with 30 additional functions and some instructions to drive the printer. Thanks to a higher level of integrations (the total number of chips in the basic system was 4, against the ZX80's 21), the ZX-81 cost Ł30 less than the ZX-80. ...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Steve Jones
9/24/2022
XEROX  860
There were apparently a lot more mass storage options, with both floppy and hard drives. Check out some period brochures: http://s3data.computerhistory.org/brochures/xerox.850-860.1980.102646265.pdf

Peter Gasson
9/23/2022
NORTHSTAR  Advantage
I bought my NS Advantage in Hong Kong for approximately £3000 including a daisy wheel printer and Wordstar as I needed to write and edit reports for the Outward Bound School in HK when I was Captain of the Brigantine Ji Fung. I took it to sea with me and it survived. It was the first computer at the OB school but when I asked for it to be considered as essential equipment and therefore Income Tax deductible my boss said a computer was unnecessary - Hard to imagine now. My wife was a Touch Typer and could typed quicker than the computer could put the text up on the screen so she had to slow down to let it catch up. I now have it stored in my garage as a bit of history… Happy Days.

Roland
9/22/2022
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
Dear Bernardo, we are in the process of restoring a Q1-System - I sent you an email !

Bernardo Kastrup
9/20/2022
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
Dear all, I am a computer designer and restorer who often works with the Dutch Home Computer Museum. We''ve just acquired a Q1 Lite built in 1978. My intent is to eventually reverse engineer and document the machine. If that is successful, I hope to design a modern clone of the Q1 (the Z80 is still manufactured by Zilog) using an LCD panel instead of the plasma display, and an SD-card port instead of the hard disk drives. For this to make sense, however, we need some of the original software. We can, of course, write brand new software for the clone, but that wouldn''t be a true reproduction. Can any of you provide me with digital copies of Q1 Lite software? Technical documentation would be a significant bonus! Here are the sites where we plan to collect what we learn and do: https://www.thebyteattic.com/p/q1.html https://github.com/TheByteAttic/Q1 Hoping to hear from you! (You can contact me at bernardo_kastrup at hotmail dot com)

Rod
9/18/2022
INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA Activision Family Game
Wow. Had the article not stated this was an NES clone, I would have just assumed it was a bootleg Atari 2600 clone. I mean, just look at the shape of it. Not to mention the Activision logo right there on the front of it.

Robin Adda
9/18/2022
CW/P Cortex
We designed the Cortex Computer in the mid 1080''s and we actually bought it from the factory in Hong Kong that manufactured it - called the Wong Brothers. Our customers in the UK requested different coloured computers so we sprayed them yellow, black or red!

David Lawrence Biggins
9/15/2022
COMART Communicator
Anyone else here who may remember me from the Byteshop/Bytesoft/Comart/Kode days is welcome to contact me an that address


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
VIDEO BLACKJACK (VIDEOCART-03)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1976
 game - blackjack - card game
SPACE SQUADRON (7)
MPT-03 and Arcadia systems
UA Limited (publisher) - 1982
 game - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up - space
GALAXIANS
Exidy Sorcerer
System Software - year unknown
rating is 3.5rating is 3.5rating is 3.5rating is 3.5rating is 3.5
 game - shoot them up - space
SIMON SAYS
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game -
FUN ZOO
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - lightgun - zoo
STATES
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - educational game
PAPERBOY (PA2041)
Atari Lynx
Atari, Tengen - 1990
 game -
DEFENDER
Arcade
Williams (publisher) - 1981
 game - horizontal scrolling - space
BOULDER DASH (11)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Comptiq, First Star Software - 1985
 game - puzzle
GAMBLER II (SLOT MACHINE AND DICE) (CAS-141)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba - 1978
 game - gambling
WWF WRESTLEMANIA (32X)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Acclaim (publisher), Midway, Sculptured Software (developer), TitanSports - 1995
 game - wrestling
WORLD SERIES BASEBALL (32X)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1995
 game - baseball - sport
PONG
Arcade
Atari - 1972
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
BC RACERS (32X)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Core Design Limited (developer), Sega - 1995
 game - cavemen - kart - racing
ZETA 5
Sharp X1
Champion Soft - year unknown
 game -

   RANDOM ADVERTS
English poster

OSBORNE CORP.
OSBORNE 1

 
Advert #2

SMT
Goupil 3

 
U.S. advert (1982)

TELEVIDEO
TS-802

 
Brochure #3

SORD
M-100ACE

 
Japanese Ad

SHARP
MZ 800 - MZ 1500

 
French advert.

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
End of life

TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

 
U.S. advert (1982)

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Leaflet #1

ROWTRON
Television Computer System

 
US ad. May 1983

LOBO DRIVES INTERNATIONAL
MAX-80

 
Lisa advert

APPLE
LISA / LISA 2 - Mac XL

 
French advert (1987)

APPLE
APPLE IIgs

 
French advert #2

ITT
3030

 
U.S. advert June 198...

NEC
PC 8801

 
French advert #2

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
US advert Nov. 1987

COMPAQ
Portable 386

 
U.K. ad. 1989

ATARI
520 / 1040 STf / STfm

 
US advert, Feb 1982

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
Japanese advert. #3

TOSHIBA
HX-10 (Pasopia IQ)

 
:-)

SHARP
MZ 700

 
French advert (1987)

ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS
Z-171 PC

 
Brochure #1

BAINBRIDGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, INC.
Dolphin

 
Argentinian advert

CZERWENY
CZ-2000

 
Proud !

THORN EMI
WREN

 
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