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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
MAGNAVOX Odyssey 2000
The Odyssey 2000, released in 1977, is almost an Odyssey 300 with one more game (practice, for one player). In fact, and as opposed to previous Magnavox Odyssey systems (except the Odyssey 300), the Odyssey 2000 uses the famous AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments. This chip offers 4 black & white pong games: Tennis, Hockey, squash (here called Smash) and Practice (squash for 1 player)....
KÖRTING Tele-Multiplay 6000
This German pong offers 4 ball games and 2 shooting games thanks to its TMS-1965 Texas-Instruments chipset. Paddles can be moved verticaly with the sliders found on each controllers. There are also apparently two dials/knobs on these controllers. The case of the system looks much like the Palladium Tele-Play SR one. It's quite possible that Körting sold a Palladium pong under its own brand. The latter Körting Tele-Mul...
AKOR TV-Boy
This very classical system-in-a-paddle is a pirate Atari VCS 2600 clone with 127 built-in games (but no cartridge slot). Produced in China, it was released under several brands (NICS in the US, SystemA in UK...) all over the world. This system was sold until recently in France by a local company : AKOR. Everything you need to have fun playing good old 2600 games (excluding the TV set) is built in the system : CPU, games, control pad. While the second version (aka TV-Boy II) needs to be connec...
SMT  Goupil G4
The G4 computer represents the real entry of the S.M.T. Goupil company in the professional computers world. The time of the craft period with systems intended for a small circle of computers hobbyists and teachers is over. With the G4, the french manufacturer clearly affirms his will to quickly penetrate the companies and administrations market. The future will show that this new positioning will be successfull, partly thanks to the qualities of the G4 : modern and fast microprocessor, full c...
INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA Activision Family Game
Very little is known about this obscure Argentinian console! Though it uses a very similar Atari 2600 Jr case, This console if just a cheap copy of the Nintendo Famicom / NES. In Argentina, several clone systems like can be found. A few can still be bought with cartridges for around 40 or 50 u$s....
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  LASER 3000
A very interesting and obscure system. The Laser 3000 is compatible (software-wise only) with the Apple II+ through emulation software. A Z80 card with CP/M 80 was available, as well as an Intel 8088 card....
MBC  Alcyane
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TOSHIBA  T100-X Dynapad
Long before the tablet PC craze of fall 2002, there was the Toshiba T100X Dynapad. The T100X was a "pen-based computer" (This was before the term "tablet PC" existed) which ran on a 25MHz 386 AMD CPU. It shipped with 4MB RAM and had a 40MB hard disk drive for storage. It did not include an internal floppy disk drive, but a separate external floppy disk drive could be purchased. Similar to most modern tablet PCs, the T100X did not have a built-in keyboard, and mouse pointing was done with a st...
MEMOTECH  RS 128
The Memotech RS128 is the successor of the Memotech MTX 512. It looks like the MTX 512 and has almost the same characteristics. Like the MTX 512, it sports an aluminum case. Contrary to the MTX, it has RS-232 built-in interfaces, primarily used to connect the FDX floppy drive (the data are sent from the disk to the RAM at a whopping 9600 baud!). The FDX unit comes with a 80 columns card and allows the RS128 to run CP/M programs. It was supplied with NewWord (...
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...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Allan Ayres
9/28/2022
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-9836
I have a HP-9836A (Motorola 68000 based)! I can boot it into HPL or a custom oil and gas reservoir analysis application. The entire staff that used this system was laid-off, and by the time I acquired this system a few months later, all of the documention and software had been discarded (other than the two floppy disks in the drives).

Allan Ayres
9/28/2022
ALSPA COMPUTER ACI-1 / 2
I believe I have an ACI-1, but with a single half-height drive. It was sold as a turn-key telephone management system, so the labels on the front were applied by that vendor. However, there is an Alspa logo on the back. The last time I tried powering on this system, I couldn''t get anything displayed on the terminal, but I was using a laptop connected via a usb-serial adapter and that may have been an issue. To verify that the adapter worked, I was able to connect a modem and I was able to issue AT commands. Taking DTE/DCE considerations into mind, I still wasn''t able to get the display to work. Previously (i.e., years earlier) I was able to start the system, but the POST indicated bad RAM. Since the RAM was surface mounted, I was going to junk the system and at that time the documentation was discarded. Long story short... any idea where I can get hardware documention for this system? TIA.

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.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
STAR JACKER (G-1010)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - shoot them up - vertical scrolling
DAI-PACMAN
Indata Dai
Dainamic - 1983
 game - eat them all - maze - pac-man
SPIKE (VT3306)
Vectrex
GCE - 1983
 game - platform - speech synthesis - vector graphics
ARITHMETIC DRILL (MATH FUN & FUN WITH NUMBERS) (CAS-110)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba (publisher) - 1978
 game - educational game - mathematics
ASSEMBLER
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 application - assembler - programming language
SHOOTING GALLERY
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - lightgun - shooting gallery
NINJA GAIDEN (PA2039)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Tecmo - 1991
 game - beat 'em up - scrolling
MEMORY MATCH (VIDEOCART-15)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1978
 game - mind games
HANGMAN (VIDEOCART-18)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1978
 game - hangman - mind games
AWESOME GOLF (PA2049)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Hand Made Software (developer) - 1991
 game - golf - sport
TV HOCKEY (4 PLAYERS)
Arcade
Amutronics - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
JOUST (PT5005)
Atari Lynx
Shadowsoft Inc., Williams - 1992
 game -
SPINBALL (VT3204)
Vectrex
GCE - 1983
 game - pinball - vector graphics
GALAXIAN (#3)
Epoch Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1981
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 game - shoot them up - space
GAUNTLET - THE THIRD ENCOUNTER (PA2024)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Epyx, Tengen - 1989
 game - maze - shoot them up

   RANDOM ADVERTS
US ad (July, 1983)

SPECTRAVIDEO
SV 318

 
French advert

EPSON
HC / HX-20

 
French advert

XEROX
8 / 16

 
Ontel advert #2

ONTEL
OP-1

 
French advert (1984)

OLIVETTI
M24

 
Nice ad (1983)

NEC
PC 6001

 
French ad (oct. 83)

MULTITECH
MPF-1 Plus

 
French advertisement

AI ELECTRONICS
ABC 24

 
commercial pamphlet ...

CENTRAL DATA
2650

 
Zeus family specific...

OSM COMPUTER CORPORATION
Zeus 4

 
Promotional picture

SMT
Goupil 2

 
German ad #4

SHARP
MZ 700

 
U.S. advert (1982)

AVT ELECTRONICS
Comp 2

 
German advert (1983)

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
Leaflet (1982) - pag...

INTERTON
VC 4000

 
French ad (dec. 1986...

MULTITECH
MPF-1 Plus

 
US advert

LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC)
Adam

 
MITS brochure #1

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
French advert

THOMSON
TO 8 - TO 8D

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

DATA SOFT
PCS 80

 
Charlie Chaplin #1

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
French advert #2

TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

 
Disk drive #2 Feb. 1...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer

 
Advert #2

HONEYWELL
DDP-516

 
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