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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...

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DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION 300 Professional series
In conceiving the Professional 300 series, DEC designers decided that new machines must be able to perform several tasks at once, apply the same user interface, communicate efficiently and use the same software as Digital's popular microcomputers. These personal computers were really desktop-sized versions of the PDP-11, one of Digital's popular minicomputer. Both models shared the PDP-11 instruction set and memory management. Both had an operating system based on Digital's RSX-11M+. For the ...
DIDAKTIK M
Little is known about this Slovak clone of the ZX Spectrum. One of its particularity is that it has a separated reset button and two joystick ports (1 Kempston + 1 Sinclair). But both joystick ports have non-standard connectors. The ULA (video chip) is different from the one used in the original Spectrum. It's a russian circuitry, and it results in the screen being square instead of rectangle. Because of these russian ICs, the Diaktik M was actually much mo...
COLUMBIA DATA PRODUCTS MPC
The Columbia MPC (for Multi Personal Computer) was the first exact copy of the young IBM PC. This desktop clone version will be followed few months later by a portable version designed by the new Compaq company. Technically, there is nothing to say about this computer which hardware features are exactly the same as those of the IBM 5150. However, for about $1500 less, the MPC offered standard features that were optional on the ...
NATIONAL RADIO INSTITUTE 832
The National Radio Institute 832 was probably the first commercially available computer kit. It was sold as part of a correspondence computer course. We don't know much about this machine, but Jason Anderson, the proud owner of the pictured machine sent us a letter from Lou Frenzel, the designer of the NRI-832: I did design the 832 back in 1970-71 time period. It was part of a home study course on computers offered by National Radio Institute, a school ...
SPECTRAVIDEO  SV 328
The Spectravideo SV 328 was the ancestor of the Spectravideo MSX SV-728 (it had the same case and almost all its features) and the successor of the SV-318. This computer wasn't a MSX machine, even though its hardware design was almost the same as MSX computers. Its Microsoft Extended Basic was also close to the MSX Basic but not fully compatible. The cartridge slot couldn't use MSX cartridges. Ho...
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  CHALLENGER III
This computer was an enhanced version of the Challenger IIp. The motherboard was equipped with 3 microprocessors: 6800, 6502A and Z80. An optional 74 MB harddisk was available ($6000 !). It was supplied with a word processor called WP-1 and a database called DMS. An enhanced version of the operating system allowed to connect up to 16 terminals to the computer at one time.
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SALORA Fellow
Salora Fellow was basically the same machine as the Video Technology Laser 200/210 just with a different case in colors that matches Salora's other electronics. Salora is a Finnish televison manufacturer and they mainly sold this machine in Scandinavia, mostly in Finland. Technically they are the same as the Vtech machines and the machine still says Vtech Laser 200 when booted. The machine sold reasonably well because of Salora's good reputation, but was so...
SINCLAIR  ZX 80
After the modest but encouraging success of the MK-14 (initiation board with hexadecimal keyboard), Sinclair (at the time Sciences of Cambridge) decided to develop a slightly more advanced computer. The ZX-80 is regarded as a pioneer system in micro-computing as at the time the only available computers were kits for hobbyists like the MK-14 or more expensive systems intended for education or research such as the Tandy TRS-80 or the
APPLE  APPLE IIgs
The Apple IIGS was designed in response to the Amiga 1000 and Atari 520ST computers & could be considered a cross between the Macintosh & Apple II (naturally, it can't use Macintosh programs). It was (and still is) a quantum leap for the Apple II line. Sales were strong initially and the IIGS even outsold the black and white Macintosh units that were its contemporar...
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...

   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
3D MINE STORM
Vectrex
GCE - 1983
 game - 3d (real) - shoot them up - space - vector graphics
NINJA PRINCESS (C-65)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1986
 game - shoot them up
STUNT CYCLE
Arcade
Atari - 1976
 game - motocross - motorbike - stunt
SPARE CHANGE
Sharp X1
Brřderbund Software, Soft Pro International - 1983
 game -
MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (32X) (84600)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1994
 game - motocross - motorbike - racing
FLIM-FLAM
Arcade
Meadows Games - 1974
 game - ball and paddle
BREAKTHROUGH (QQA-306)
Interact-Victors-Hectors model
Interact Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game - ball and paddle - breakout
MATH QUIZ I (VIDEOCART-06)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1977
 game - mathematics - mind games
PIRATE'S COVE ADVENTURE (VIC-1915)
Commodore Vic 20
Commodore - 1981
 game - pirate - Scott Adams adventure games - text interface - text only
CHASER (PC/SD-201)
SD-2xx systems
SEL - 1982
 game - eat them all - maze
BOWLING
RCA Fred computers
RCA - 1971
 game - bowling - sport
NIHONSHI NINPYOU
Sega SC 3000/SC 3000H
Sega, Stratford - 1983
 game -
MAPPY
Sharp X1
Dempa, Namco - year unknown
 game - platform
EUROPEAN SOCCER CHALLENGE (LX106)
Atari Lynx
Telegames - 1993
 game - football - sport
ULTRA VORTEK (J9082E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Beyond Games (developer) - 1995
 game - 2d - beat 'em up

   RANDOM ADVERTS
Leaflet

INTERTON
VC 4000

 
UK advert, Oct 1983

COMMODORE
C64

 
U.K. ad. 1989

ATARI
520 / 1040 STf / STfm

 
First U.S. advert (1...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
(funny) promotional ...

HONEYWELL
DDP-516

 
Spanish advert (may ...

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
french advert (jan. ...

AI ELECTRONICS
ABC 26

 
1978 brochure #9

MSI
6800

 
New-Zealand advert (...

SPECTRAVIDEO
SVI 728

 
816/C version

COMPUPRO
System 816

 
Advertising picture

ACORN COMPUTER
Risc PC

 
French advert #2 (se...

SEGA
Master System

 
Leaflet (1982) - pag...

INTERTON
VC 4000

 
French ad #2

BASIS
BASIS 108

 
Spanish advert (may ...

CANON
CX-1 / BX-3

 
US advert (april 198...

OSM COMPUTER CORPORATION
Zeus

 
The personable compu...

INTERTEC
SUPERBRAIN

 
French advert (may 1...

CASIO
FX-702P

 
French advert (1985)

EXELVISION
EXL 100

 
Japanese advert (198...

VICTOR
HC-6

 
Goldstar 3DO model a...

GOLDSTAR
3DO Interactive Multiplayer

 
UK advert, Oct 1983

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

ROCKWELL
AIM 65

 
Leaflet #1

ROWTRON
Television Computer System

 
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