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MATTEL ELECTRONICS  Keyboard Component
Sometime before the failed Aquarius home computer scheme was hatched by Mattel, the Intellivision team had attempted to expand Intellivision into the growing home computer market by turning it into a full fledged computer dubbed as the "Intellivision Keyboard Component", much in the same way Coleco was soon to do with their Adam computer. The unit featured a built-in cassette tape drive for loading and saving data. The Keyboard Component would plug into the cartridge slot on the Intellivision...
RCA Fred 2
This Fred 2 computer is a prototype designed by Joseph Weisbecker, engineer at RCA. He already imagined several early computer designs before this Fred 2 model, such as the System 00 or the original Fred concept. Fred is rather a concept imagined by Joseph Weisbecker for educational computer able to play games. This concept emerged in several hardware versions through time. The first models could be dates as early as 1970 or 1971 ! Unlike the System 00 which used only small-scale digital T...
BANDAI Arcadia
The Bandai Arcadia, is the same system as the Emerson Arcadia 2001, but sold in Japan. Please see this entry for more detailed informations. The Arcadia 2001 clones includes : Advision Home Arcade (France), Bandai Arcadia (Japan), GiG Electronics Leonardo (Italy), Hanimex HMG-2650, Leisure-Dynamics Leisure-Vision, Intercord XL 2000 system, Eduscho / Tchibo Tele-Fever, etc... It...
BANDAI TV Jack 5000
The TV Jack 5000 from Bandai released in 1978 is one of the first cartridge based system from Japan. It's the equivalent of european and american systems like the Hanimex SD-050, Acetronic Color TV Game, Prinztronic Micro 5500, SHG Blackpoint, Binatone Cablestar, Radofin telesports, etc. There have been tons of systems like these. The TV Jack 5000, like all these systems, use cartridges based on General Instruments chipsets which offers different games on each chip. That's why all these sy...
OLIVETTI  A5
Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
TRIUMPH ADLER  TA-1600
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PERTEC PCC 2000
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  DS990
This DS990/1 system was the basic model of the DS990 series which was also comprised of the 990/2, 990/4, 990/10 and 990/12 models. They were targeted as multi-user business systems, and ran the DX10 then the DNOS (Distributed Network Operating System) OS's. The 990/1 was the only version including its own video display, although up to three serial dumb video terminals could be connected as well. Other versions had a separate main unit managing several terminals, m...
SONY  Hit-Bit 55
The Hit-Bit 55 was a classic MSX1 computer. It was very similar to the Hit-Bit 75. Its most distinctive sign was its flat but good quality keyboard. It was one of the few MSX with the Philips VG-8000 to have a low-cost keyboard. Unlike the HB-75, it had only 16 KB RAM. There was a built-in software (scheduler and memo) which was a kind of cut-down version of the one built-in the HB-75, program si...
R2E  PORTAL
The only display device is a very small LED screen (R2E said then that screen wasn't necessary with business computers, what were they thinking!). It has a built-in thermal printer (48 columns, 28 cps). It runs under Prologue and is sold with BAL, a business language (which is a mixture between Basic and Cobol). Notice that R2e is the company that made the first micro computer in 1972: the R2E Micral....
SPECTRAVIDEO  SV 318
The SV-318 was launched in january 1983, at the Winter CES show in Las Vegas, as the same time as the Spectravideo CompuMate, an keyboard add-on for the Atari 2600. The Spectravideo SV-318 is the system at the origin of the MSX standard, and such, has characteristics very close to the MSX systems (same video, sprites, sound, I/O, etc.). It was even sold as an MSX computer in some places, but it is not fully MSX compliant and can't use MSX programs. Notice t...
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
EAGLE COMPUTERS INC. Spirit
This transportable computer was compatible with the IBM PC-XT. It had a built-in 9" monochrome monitor, one or two 5"1/4 disk-drive (320k) and a 10 Mb hard-disk for the "1 disk model". This hard-disk was half thinner than "classic" hard-disks of that time (Slimline technology). It also had a color graphic board but the built-in monitor was monochrome (no color model was available). It was not completely useless as it enabled to display 8 shades of green... Hopefully it was possible to connec...
RESEARCH MACHINES RM-380Z
Research Machines is based in Oxford, England and the RM-380Z was their first model. It was designed specifically for the education market and the vast majority of its users were in this area. The computer was based around the Z80A processor. It had a clever physical bus made of ribbon cable with IDC crimp on connectors obviating the problems of poor connections associated with edge connectors. The basic system was composed of a 4 KB main unit, a typewriter style separate keyboard and a mo...
SHARP  PC-1401 PC-1402 PC-1421
The PC-1401 was the first of a series of pocket computers with a new concept. It combined the advantages of a BASIC programmable pocket computer and a scientific calculator. Nevertheless, it was much thinner than, for instance, the PC-1500, and well worth its price. Therefore, the PC-14xx series was very successful, especially among students. The PC-1401 was developed based on the PC-125x series, thus it possessed the sam...
ASCI SystemX
The ASCI SystemX, also called U68 was a single board training system that was used in an educational environment during the early 1980s. It was mounted in a wooden box and covered with a smoke colored plastic lid. When it was closed, all the electronic part was covered, except the 16 key hexadecimal keypad and a seven digit LED display. The main board featured a Motorola 6800 processor and an Exorciser bus connector. Several I/O boards could be connected to the system allowing micr...
POLYMORPHIC  System 8813
The Polymorphic System 8813 was the larger brother of the Poly 88. William Davis reports : This unit could connected to an add-on unit (MS 88) that consisted of two 8" Shugart DSDD disk drives. Near the end Polymorphic System also featured a 10 MB hard disk and a unit called the "Twin Systems" which allowed two simultaneous users on a shared bus. I had all the above, buying the first of three 8813 in 1978 and continuing to use ...

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10/15/2020
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POWERTRAN CYBERNETICS  CORTEX
I built a Cortex back at end of 1982 when it came out in the magazine Electronics Today.Being a keen electronics hobbyist,it looked like the ideal thing for me to get my teeth into.I trained in the early days on Digital PDP8 and 11 linked to engineering equpment.I did a lot of machine code writing for the Cortex and wrote games like Othello,Mastermind and mazes etc.
My machine now needs some tlc,which it will have even though it still works fine.At the time I built it,it was way ahead of its time and really fast with "sprites"that could be moved around the screen.
Not quite sure what to do with it now as space is somewhat limited in new home.

Andy
10/14/2020
SHARP  PC-1260 PC-1261 PC-1262
I just got the same problem described here: Changed batteries and the Sharp PC-1262 came up in Japanese mode instead of European/US mode. I tried several things, but to no avail. In the end, I tried this:
- remove batteries
- set the on/off switch to Pro (or RSV, I''m not sure)
- put the opened PC-1262 upside down in it''s plastic hard cover (to avoid to accidentally press a key
- $ new batteries, but do not slide the battery compartment cover at this moment
- press and hold the all reset switch, at the same time slide the battery compartment cover over the batteries

For me, that worked fine. The PC-1262 came up in European/USA mode again. However, I am not sure about the position of the on/off switch I used.

Cláudio Sampaio
10/13/2020
CCE  MC 1000
The date is wrong, it was released before 1985. I was gifted that computer in my 11th birthday, which was in november 1984.

Virgil
10/13/2020
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A Beige
I am 13 and I have found one of these in a building my family owns. I am interested in it and how it has the same controller ports on it as a sega genesis does. Really neat.

James Hanley
10/13/2020
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1000 SL & SL/2
I LOVED my Tandy 1000 exactly because I didn''t care about it! It was a gift when everyone had 286s and were even looking forward to the release of the first 386s. So after I tired of Solitaire (it had been upgraded to Dos5 by the previous owner) and journaling, I set out to learn everything I could.... by the crash and burn method.

I ran every .exe, .com, and .bat file on that box. It often "died" and I then had to learn how to recover. One day I hot swap pulled the WD PATA 20MB drive on an ISA sled to learn about it''s jumpers and in a few minutes (NOT seconds!) I saw a graphic desktop! I discovered it was DOS 3 in ROM and though it was agonizingly slow it opened my eyes.

That same week a friend "rescued" a set of PC Tools disks from a wastebasket when her place of business upgraded to a Mini Mainframe and I discovered PCs are not just tools, they are TOOLBOXES! A fella could put any kind of tools in them! PC Shell just kicked open the doors. Suddenly I could see the entire directory hierarchy. I''ve never been the same since.

Michael Kato
10/11/2020
EPSON  PX 8 / HC-88 / Geneva
In Japan two models were sold the HC-80 and the HC-88. The HC-80 was less expensive and did not have the Kanji ROMs. It looks like the keyboard was slightly different for the HC-88 whereas the HC-80 keyboard was very much like the PX-8.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
AIGLE D'OR, L'
Oric compatible systems
Loriciels - 1984
rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5
 game - 3d - adventure
PONG
Atari Super Pong (C140)
Atari - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
GALAXIAN
Arcade
Namco - 1979
 game - shoot them up - space
BLACKJACK (TV CASINO I) (18V600)
RCA Studio II
RCA - 1977
 game - blackjack - card game
EXPEDITION (PC/SD-208)
SD-2xx systems
SEL - 1982
 game -
WONDER BOY (C-69)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1986
 game - platform
PITFALL - THE MAYAN ADVENTURE (J9101E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Activision (developer), Atari (publisher), Imagitec Design (developer) - 1995
 game - jungle - pitfall - platform
TABLE TENNIS
Arcade
Nutting Associates - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
CONGO BONGO (G-1007)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - platform
SINDBAD MYSTERY (G-1012)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - maze
BLUE LIGHTNING (PA2020)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Epyx (developer) - 1989
 game - plane - shoot them up
DEDUCE
RCA Fred computers
RCA - 1971
 game - mind games
BOULDER DASH (11)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Comptiq, First Star Software - 1985
 game - puzzle
.38 AMBUSH ALLEY
Action Max
Sourcing International, Ltd - 1987
 game - lightgun - police - shooting gallery
STAR SHIP (CX2603)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1977
rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2
 game - 3d - shoot them up - space - star trek

   RANDOM ADVERTS
UK brochure #3

COMMODORE
CBM 700 Series

 
T-3100 (feb. 1987)

TOSHIBA
T 1200

 
French ad (may 1984)

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Dutch advert

COMMODORE
PET 2001

 
French advert

MAGNAVOX
Odyssey

 
Sord Brochure #2

SORD
M-100ACE

 
The first M20 versio...

OLIVETTI
M20

 
French advert

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM +2

 
Japanese ad

CASIO
FP 1000 / FP 1100

 
Advert #1

EPCOM / SHARP
Hotbit HB-8000

 
F.D. unit advert

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Model A / B / B+

 
French advert

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
Acorn ad. #3 (Nov. 8...

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Master Compact

 
8-page US advert #2

COMPAQ
Portable III

 
Ł99 in January 1982

COMPUKIT
UK-101

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

DATA SOFT
PCS 80

 
U.S. advert (1983)

EPSON
QX 10

 
U.S. Advert #2 (1979...

APPLE
APPLE II

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

DATA SOFT
VDP 80

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

DRAGON DATA LTD
Dragon 32

 
1977 advert

IMSAI
8080

 
Diabolik, french adv...

YAMAHA
YIS-503 / Diabolik

 
Japanese flyer - ver...

EPOCH
Super Cassette Vision

 
Prototype software

THOMSON
TO 7

 
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