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   LATEST ADDITIONS
YAMAHA  SX-100
The SX-100 is a MSX 1 computer with a minimal but beautiful case design. Contrary to most of other MSX computers, the single cartridge slot can be found on the right side of the unit. The SX-100 uses a Z80A compatible CPU from Sharp (LH0080A) and a Yamaha YM2220 VDP (Video Display Processor) compatible with the Texas Instruments TMS9918. This YM2220 as only used in the Sakhr AX-150, Victor HC-30 and Yamaha SX-100 MSX computers. The sound is handled by a Yamaha S3527 MSX-Engine, also called...
POLYMAX Maxxi
The Maxxi was one of the first Brazilian clones of the Apple II and Apple II+. It was manufactured in 1982 by Polymax, a subsidiary of Abicomp, which headquarters were located in Porto Alegre. Polymax also manufactured larger computers for commercial applications. It has a slightly different design than other Apple-compatibles, with a taller case that supposedly facilitated internal ventilation. Due to the success of Apple in the North American market, sev...
SYSDATA ELETRONICA JR
The Sysdata JR computer is a Brazilian clone of the Tandy TRS-80 Model 1. Within the white molded plastic case, is a single printed circuit board equipped with a Z80A 8-bit CPU cadenced at 1.78MHz. It can operate at 3.56MHz through an optional modification. The 12 KB ROM memory includes the OS and BASIC Level II interpreter. There is also a 2 KB EPROM (socketed) for additional chips. For example, it could be used for extension of the operating system and BA...
CDSE Apply 300
Very little is known about this very rare Brazilian computer. CDSE stands for Centre de Desenvolvimento de Sistemas Eletricos. The Apply 300 is a home computer aimed at computing initiation. As usual with most Brazilian computers, it must be a copy of a more famous computer... but which one ? The Apply 300 is powered by a Z80A CPU cadenced at 3.24 MHz. There seems to be 32 KB and a 48 KB models. There is a BASIC language bundled in the 8 KB ROM. Text resolution is 32 x 24, and graphical...
RCA System 00
The System 00 is an early computer constructed by Joseph Weisbecker around 1971-72, when he was working at RCA. His goal was to conceive an educational computer able to play games, so that children could easily experience and understand how a computer works. This idea later evolved in FRED systems, COSMAC computers and Studio II game system. All logic circuits in the System 00 utilize 7400...
BANDAI TV Jack 1000
The TV Jack 1000 was the first system from a line of consoles released by Bandai and quite popular in Japan in the late 70s. This particular model was released in Japan in 1977. The TV Jack 1000 offers 4 classic games of that era: Hockey/Football, Tennis, Squash and Practice. It is powered by a Texas Instruments TMS1955NL chip which is a clone of the famous AY-3-8500-1 from General Instruments. A color chip ( SN75499N) add colours to the display....
HINO ELECTRONICS CEFUCOM 21 / Multipurpose SLAP Computer
The CEFUCOM 21 is a very strange computer ! It was built around a Sanyo PHC-25 to be used as a computer-aided teaching and learning system (to learn English for example). A tape recorder is built-in the left side of the plastic case. The tape deck can read data on one channel and audio on the other. This feature is used by the system to output audio instructions at the same time as its loads data programs into the computer. The tape deck can also be used indep...
SANYO  PHC-20
The PHC-20 was released at the same time as the PHC-10 and PHC-25, in 1982. Sanyo wanted to offer a perfect line of products for computing initiation. These three models were supposed to be complementary. But despite high hopes, they just were flops and it's not clear if the PHC-20 was even really sold, as only one or two were found until today. Most pictures found on the net come from press articles from the 80s. PHC stands f...
SANYO  PHC-10
The PHC-10 was released at the same time as the PHC-20 and PHC-25, in 1982. Sanyo wanted to offer a perfect line of products for computing initiation. These three models were supposed to be complementary. But despite high hopes, they just were flops and it's not clear if the PHC-10 was even really sold, as only one or two were found until today, excepts for press pictures from the 80s. PHC stands for "Personal Home Computer". The PHC-10 was the entry-level sys...
SHEEN Sheen 2001 Home Video Center
The Sheen 2001 is one of the many systems "software-compatible" with the Emerson Arcadia 2001. This family of consoles released around 1982, includes many sub-categories depending on the cosmectic plastic case used, the motherboards version and above all its cartridge slot type. That's why all these systems are "software" compatible, but not "cartridge" compatible. The Sheen 2001 Home Video Centre was marketed in Australia. The other systems using the sam...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
COLECO  Telstar Alpha - Model #6030
After the release of the Telstar (the first "dedicated-chip" pong system) in 1976 which was a big success, Coleco conceived a whole range of pongs for release at Christmas 1977. The Telstar Alpha is one of the simplest system of the range. It offers only four games and has built-in controllers. That's cool if you want to play 2 players games alone ! The only difference between the original Telstar and the alpha is that there is one more game on the Alpha (Jai-Alai). There's a 3 positions swit...
IBM  PC XT 286
The IBM PC XT 286 is an intermediate computer between the IBM PC XT and the IBM PC AT. It had a very short career because most of its features can be found in the PC AT. Contrary to the PC XT, it has a saved clock and a calendar. James G. Davis reports: Only a few were made-maybe 20,000. Someone with IBM told me that they stopped making them when they had used up all the XT boxes, since the n...
SANYO  PHC-20
The PHC-20 was released at the same time as the PHC-10 and PHC-25, in 1982. Sanyo wanted to offer a perfect line of products for computing initiation. These three models were supposed to be complementary. But despite high hopes, they just were flops and it's not clear if the PHC-20 was even really sold, as only one or two were found until today. Most pictures found on the net come from press articles from the 80s. PHC stands f...
COMMODORE  C16
The Commodore 16 belongs to the Commodore 264 series (with the Commodore C116 and Plus/4). It was designed to replace the Commodore VIC 20, but it was not compatible with the VIC-20, nor with the C64. It had the same characteristics as the Commodore Plus/4 : same graphic resolution, same sound system, same CPU and speed, just less memory. It featured a version of...
SEATTLE COMPUTER Gazelle
Even if you've never heard of this massive computer, the Gazelle is truly a historic computer. Neither because it was one of the first 8088, then 8086 based computer, nor because this Gazelle is propably the heaviest 8088 system ever built, but because it was the computer Tim Paterson wrote DOS for, the first DOS operating system that became later MS-DOS 1.0 when Microsoft bought the rights to DOS from Tim's company, afterwards. See in the "Internet Links" section various links ...
SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION S/09
The SWTPC S/09 system was the second computer of the brand based on the Motorola 6809 microprocessor, said to be the most powerful 8-bits general purpose MPU available. As with the first 6809 version, it used the SS-50 version bus. The S/O9 system had a 20-bit adress bus. It was able to address up to 768 Kb. of memory and used dynamic address translation to map 4K pages into the 64K address space of the microprocessor. The system could be used as a multi-user/multitasking platform. It wa...
RCA System 00
The System 00 is an early computer constructed by Joseph Weisbecker around 1971-72, when he was working at RCA. His goal was to conceive an educational computer able to play games, so that children could easily experience and understand how a computer works. This idea later evolved in FRED systems, COSMAC computers and Studio II game system. All logic circuits in the System 00 utilize 7400...
ISC (INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS CORP) CompuColor II
The CompuColor II, also called the "Renaissance Machine", is said to be the first home-computer available with a colour display. ISC (Intelligent Systems Corp), who was a large color computer manufacturer, conceived the CompuColor II built into a RCA color TV chassis (sans tuner assembly). The main problem of the system was that the machine had *no* RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) shielding what-so-ever and the FCC was soon on their butts. They planned to redesign the system but then prefered...
IMSAI  PCS 80
The PCS 80 came with a lot of peripherals: line and character printers, CRT terminals, intelligent keyboards, ACR storage, 8" and 5.25" floppy disks and with several languages: TTY BASIC with OS, 4K, 8K and 12K BASIC, audio cassette BASIC with OS, & a scientifically oriented disk BASIC and level 2 Fortran IV compiler. Greg Bober stil have an extended working configuration including: • External 5.25" quad density 380Kb Micropolis floppy with BASIC, • Faster memory & "I" tempgrade CPU,...
NINTENDO Family Computer Keyboard
This is an initiation computer. It was sold as an add-on for the Japanese Famicom (but can't be connected to a NES as it lacks the Famicom's Expantion Port). In fact the system is composed of three parts : the Famicom, the keyboard and the Basic cartidge. The keyboard is connected to the expansion port situated at the front of the Famicom. Then a Basic cartridge must be inserted into the Famicom catridge slot. As the keyboard is almost "empty", most of the Famicom's hardware is used, along w...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Christopher Platt
1/17/2022
ATT PC 6300
I was a third-party computer field service technician 1987-2002. The customer I serviced used AT$T 6300''s with an SNA card on IBM mainframe system. These were used as remote job entry stations attached to Printronix P600XQ line printers at 20 sites in New York City. The first time I opened the system case I was surprised to see that 120V power for the monitor was supplied through the DB9 connector on the monochrome video card, so servicing this model could be a shocking experience for the uninitiated technician! I recall we had to install a date patch for the AT$T operating system software to make it Y2K compliant.

Karl Cross
1/15/2022
AMSTRAD  NC 100
This website really is ace. Recently came to own one of these machines. A fascinating piece of history. Quite practical as a distraction free writing machine. One query: Does anyone know which printers it is compatible with?

Webmaster
1/15/2022
MISC Arcade video games
@rod This is Computer Space from Nutting Associates (1971), considered the first commercially available arcade videogame.

Suzy frith
1/15/2022
HUSKY COMPUTERS LIMITED HUSKY HUNTER
I worked at Husky 1984-5 as the first marketing manager. Then Husky was my first client when I set up my PR consultancy. I learnt so much in that year. That piranha tank! And they really were indestructible!

rod
1/14/2022
MISC Arcade video games
What is the name of the game pictured accompanying the article?

rod
1/14/2022
HANIMEX  PENCIL II
Pencil.... What a strange name to give to a computer...

nanoman@stny.rr.com
1/13/2022
INTEL SDK-86
Hi Frank, I have a sdk-86, sdk-85 and others. I would need to dig them out and ensure they still are working.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
HAUNTED HOUSE
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game -
TENNIS
Magnavox Odyssey 400
Magnavox - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
ULTRA BARRIER PONG
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
AUTORENNEN (603)
MBO Tele Cassetten System
General Instruments (developer), MBO (publisher) - year unknown
 game - car - racing
COSMIC CHASM (VT3101)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5
 game - shoot them up - vector graphics
SUPER OFF ROAD (LX105)
Atari Lynx
Telegames (publisher), Tradewest (developer) - 1993
 game - racing
DODGE IT (VIDEOCART-16)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1978
 game -
PIT-FIGHTER (PA2070)
Atari Lynx
Atari, Tengen - 1992
 game - beat 'em up
SPACE COMMAND (SPACE WAR) (CAS-160)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba - 1978
 game - shoot them up - space - war
FEVER PITCH (J9106E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), U.S. Gold - 1995
 game - football - isometric 3d - sport
1941 - COUNTER ATTACK (HC91048)
NEC Super Grafx
Capcom, Hudson Soft - 1991
 game - plane - shoot them up - vertical scrolling
STAR TRADER
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 game - commercial simulation - space
SUPER NOVA
Tandy TRS-80
Big Five Software - 1980
rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4
 game - shoot them up - space
PUZZLY
Indata Dai
Dialog Informatique - 1983
 game - jigsaw - mind games
200X
Gakken Compact Vision TV-Boy
Gakken - 1983
 game - maze - shoot them up - tank

   RANDOM ADVERTS
3 page U.S. advert

EPSON
HC / HX-20

 
French advert #1

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Model A / B / B+

 
US advert #1

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer

 
Greek advert (march ...

COMMODORE
PLUS 4 - C232/264/364

 
German advert

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Advert

COMMODORE
C64

 
Japanese advert (199...

SEGA
Teradrive

 
French advert #3

MATRA HACHETTE
ALICE

 
Menta & Softy advert...

DATAMAN DESIGNS
Menta

 
US advert, July 1985

CASIO
FP 6000

 
German leaflet #2

SHARP
MZ-3500

 
French leaflet

SANYO
MBC-55x

 
French advert

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM +2

 
DAK advert (US, 1986...

VISUAL TECHNOLOGY
Visual 1083 / Commuter

 
Advert #4 (1982)

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
French brochure #4

ORIC
ORIC 1

 
Promo pic #6

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
French brochure fron...

ORIC
ATMOS

 
U.S. advert #1 (1977...

APPLE
APPLE II

 
Mail order

THOMSON
TO 7

 
Heathkit centers #2

HEATHKIT / ZENITH
H-89

 
MBC-550 french adver...

SANYO
MBC-55x

 
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WORLDS OF WONDER
Action Max

 
PC-60

COMMODORE
PC Compatible systems

 
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