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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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...
ORMATU ELECTRIC BV Video Spelcomputer 1001
The Ormatu Video Spelcomputer 1001 (product code SD-290) is exactly the same system as the ITMC SD-290 (see this entry for more info). This particular version was marketed by Ormatu in the Netherlands and in Finland (?)....
ITMC Vidéo Ordinateur MPT-05
The Vidéo Ordinateur MPT-05 is one of the many systems "software-compatible" with the Interton VC-4000 or the Radofin 1292 to name a few. Though, the Interton VC-4000 is the maybe 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 licence...
TERAK CORPORATION 8510 Data Processor
The Terak 8510 is a complete stand-alone micro-computer based on DEC's LSI-11 chipset (16-bit !), in other words, it si a PDP-11 compatible. It was one of the first high-end microcomputers and among the first desktop personal computers to offer a bitmap graphics display. It was capable of running a stripped version of UNIX version 6. It was the first personal machine on which the UCSD p-System was widely used. Various universities in the USA used it in the late 1970s through mid-1980s to teac...
TOSHIBA  Visicom 100
This beautiful but obscure Japanese system was released in january 1978. It's basically a clone of the RCA Studio gaming system, one of the first videogame console of all time (released in january 1977). Made by Toshiba, this beauty was also based on the RCA 1802 micro-processor, and its video counterpart, the CDP 1861. However the main difference with the Studio II is that the Visicom 100 offers colour display thanks additional hardware. Another nice difference, is that unlike the Studio ...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
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. ...
EPSON  HC / HX-20
Superbly designed and engineered, the Epson HX20 can be considered as the first true portable computer. It was the only package available at the time which included a microcassette drive, a mini-printer and a LCD display. The small built-in printer could print graphics or text (up to 24 columns, 47 lines per minute). The small tape recorder was pretty fast (considering it was a tape drive). The computer rewinds or fast forwards the tape automatically to find the right file. This tape recorder...
SEGA Mega Drive
The Mega Drive launched in 1988 in Japan. Europe had to wait two whole years before they would get the machine. Designed as the replacement for the 8 bit Master System, it originally competed against other 8 bit systems, namely the Famicom/NES and PC Engine/TurboGrafx. The Mega Drive had mixed fortunes. In Japan the console was out sold...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 MODEL 4
The TRS-80 model 4 (ref 26-1068/69) was one of the last models of the TRS-80 series (and perhaps the less known). It ran at 4 MHz and displayed 80 columns x 24 lines in Model 4 mode, but was fully compatible with the TRS-80 model 3 and in Model 3 mode actually displayed 64x16 and ran at the Model 3's 2 MHz. It had 64 or 128 KB RAM, the 64 upper KB being used as a ram disk. It had one or two 5.25" floppy disk (184 KB each) and ran under TRSDOS 6.0 or 1.3, LDOS o...
NORTHSTAR  Horizon
The Horizon was a S-100 bus based system. It was the first floppy-disc based system hobbyists could buy. In a case with a choice of wood or blue metal cover, the basic version included a 4 Mhz. Z80 microprocessor, 16 KB of RAM, a 90 KB 5''1/4 floppy drive with a controller card, a serial terminal interface and 12 S-100 slots. It was sold with the North Star Disc Operating System and a Basic interpreter allowing random and sequential disk files. The Horizon-2 version offered a second floppy-disc ...
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...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 MODEL II
The TRS-80 model II, is the obscure brother of the TRS-80 family. Many internet pages deal with the models 1,3 and 4 but omit the model 2... This is maybe because the TRS-80 Model 2 was intended to be a business computer for use in offices and labs. Thus it is equiped with a full height Shugart 8'' drive with a capacity of 500k which is a lot compared to the 87k offered by the TRS-80 Model 1 system disk. It is also possible to connect up to 4 floppy disk units, so you could have 2MB disk space ...
MATRA MAX 90
Like the MAX 20, the MAX 90 was derived from the AX 25, a computer designed by Axel, a small and innovative French company. It was an almost PC-compatible system including some rare features at that time: 8 MHz 8088 processor, high resolution capability, and especially one or two 5.25" floppy disk drives of 2.7 MB capacity each. To our knowledge, it's the highest capacity ever seen for a 5.25" floppy drive unit. A few thousa...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1000
The Tandy 1000 was a line of IBM PC compatible computers made during the 1980’s by the American Tandy Corporation for sale in their chain of Radio Shack electronics stores in Canada and the USA. The Tandy 1000 would be the successor to their influential TRS-80 line of computers, the Tandy 1000 would eventually replace the COCO line of 8 bit computers as well when Tandy decided to prematurely end tha...
FRANKLIN  PC 5000, 6000, 8000
Before Apple forced Franklin out of the desktop computer market entirely, the company released three PC compatible systems, the PC-5000 (picture), PC-6000 and PC-8000. Both were quite similar, based on the Intel 8088. Depending on the versions, they had 512 to 640 KB of RAM, one or two 360 KB floppy drives, standard serial and parallel ports, but also built-in game port, composite video and audio outputs. With the loss of its desktop computer business, Franklin concent...

   LATEST COMMENTS
x86vet
10/16/2021
ATARI  PORTFOLIO
"The story behind the creation of the Atari Portfolio" on Amazon may be of interest to some members of this forum.

Michael
10/14/2021
NEC  PC 8201A
I owned one of these, my first computer, after my brother-in-law showed me his Radio Shack M-100. I also got the external drive. I learned basic on it and programmed it to handle our construction company''s payroll and taxes.

stevyn ironfeather
10/13/2021
SHARP  X1-D (CZ-802C)
SHARP CZ-802C Spotted at the Shikaoi Hokkaido Japan library October 2021 https://ironfeather.com/bbs/download/file.php?id$732$mode$view welcome to use the photo. can investigate more

Nick Blackburn
10/11/2021
SINCLAIR  ZX 80
David W. from Ithaca - best to keep your mouth shut and let others believe you are an idiot, than open it and confirm their assumptions. Sir Clive was a visionary, way ahead of his time and only stymied by the technology and attitudes available in the early eighties.

StephenbPage
10/10/2021
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
I remember seeing the Victor 9000 for the first time, the unique design of the monitor which was echoed in the shape of the case (or vice versa), the dark colouring of the keyboard and machine bezel which worked so well with the black drives and the very wide, heavy keyboard my first thoughts were oh my, this LOOKS powerful. I have a suspicion I wasn’t alone in that thought and that helped sell so many too. A great machine, lots of options, a useful and reliable business machine that was truly worth the money.

Thomas
10/10/2021
TELEVIDEO  TS-803
I drove a TS-803 CP/M computer from 1984-1986 at my first job. It was there when I came on board. Ran CP/M 2.2. Had some manuals and disks with the system. Among other things, I wrote a program that made use of the graphics capability to plot graphics. I think I was using BASIC to pass variables and make the system call to plot points. Not very fast, but worked. Migrated to an NEC 8 MHz turbo XT and a Novell network in ''86 or so.

ThunderBlade
10/8/2021
COMMODORE  MAX Machine / Ultimax / VC-10
The statement that the MAX Machine can not do multi color is incorrect. I own a MAX Machine so I tried MAX BASIC and set bit 4 in $D016 to switch on multi color mode. It behaves exactly like on a C64, multi color mode goes on.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
BASKETBALL
Arcade
Taito - 1974
 game - ball and paddle - basketball - sport
ASTRO WARS II - BATTLE IN GALAXY (02)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - shoot them up
CHAOTIX (32X) (84503)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1995
 game - platform
PAC-MAN
Arcade
Midway, Namco - 1980
 game - eat them all - maze - pac-man
BC RACERS (32X)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Core Design Limited (developer), Sega - 1995
 game - cavemen - kart - racing
MONSTER BLOCK (#11)
Epoch Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - maze
DOUBLE DRAGON V - THE SHADOW FALLS (21941)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari, Tradewest, Williams - 1995
 game - 2d - beat 'em up
FREEWAY
RCA Studio II
RCA - 1977
 game - car - racing
ZOOM 909 (C-47)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1985
 game - shoot them up
TIC-TAC-TOE / SHOOTING GALLERY / DOODLE / QUADRA-DOODLE (VIDEOCART-01)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1976
 game - mind games - noughts and crosses - paint program
WOODY POCO
Sharp X1
dB-SOFT - 1986
 game -
ASSEMBLER
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 application - assembler - programming language
FROGGER
Arcade
Konami - 1981
 game - frog - frogger
BOXING (MG1012)
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game - boxing - sport
AFTER BURNER COMPLETE (32X) (84507)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1994
 game - plane - shoot them up

   RANDOM ADVERTS
Japanese ad

FUJITSU
FM 11 EX

 
french advert (april...

NEC
PC 8001

 
Computer Notes

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
US advert March 1982

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Promotional picture

AMSTRAD
GX 4000

 
french advert (may 1...

ORDISOR
PCC 2000

 
French advert (1984)

MILTON BRADLEY
Vectrex

 
US ad. 1983 #1

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
French ad #2 (1984)

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
1978 brochure #20

MSI
6800

 
German advert (1983)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL II

 
Xerox range, August ...

XEROX
6085

 
Goldstar 3DO model a...

GOLDSTAR
3DO Interactive Multiplayer

 
Brochure cover

SHARP
PC-5000

 
36 Mhz. in 1982?

INDEPENDANT BUSINESS SYSTEMS
BetaSystem

 
M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
Promotional pict. #1

APF
Imagination Machine

 
Jacquard brochure #5...

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
French ad #2

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
ACS-586 / 686

 
French advert #4

CANON
X-07

 
French advert.

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
French ad #1

BASIS
BASIS 108

 
Charlie Chaplin #2

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
1946...

THOMSON
TO 7

 
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