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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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...
UNIVERSUM Multispiel 2006
Basic pong system based on the popular AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments....
TERTA TAP-34
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
MSX  MSX 1
In the early 80's, there were a lot of home computers. A Japanese company called ASCII corporation (directed by Kay Nishi) decided to create an industry standard for home computers: MSX was born. MSX means Machines with Software eXchangeability. This is the true and only meaning, stop spreading the word about another explanation please. The new standard was based on an existing computer: The Spectravideo SV 318 which can be considered as a beta version of MSX1 computers. Microsoft desi...
TESLA Mato
the Mato (Mat'o) was actually not made by Tesla, but by Statny majetok Zavadka. It was a clone of the PMD-85 with some modifications (something between PMD85-1 and PMD85-2). It had different adressing modes, three user modes (calculator, program and graphics), different load/save method (programs could be read form tape via special software) and changed keyboard layout (fewer keys and special CONT, Shift and STOP). Two version were sold, one with bui...
ATARI  130 ST - 260 ST
The Atari 130 ST (ST means sixteen/thirty-two :16 bit data bus & 32 bit address bus) was shown at the Winter Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in 1985. It was the great surprise of the show and was presented only six months after Jack Tramiel bought Atari, Inc. (He later named it Atari Corp). The ST series was rushed onto the market as Atari had originally contracted Amiga Corp. to manufacture a 16-Bit home computer, but legal issues caused the dissolution of that contract resulting in Comm...
BRITISH MICRO Mimi 802 / 803 / 804
Nearly nothing is known about these obscure CP/M systems. The technical info is related to the Mimi 802, and the picture illustrates a Mimi 803...
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Mimi's at Leicester Polytechnic, by Rob Seaward: I used one of these at Leicester Polytechnic around 1981/82. We used to have a lab full of these for students - we were learning FORTRAN and were lectured by Roger Hutty who wrote a very good book in the subject. I...

SPORTRON 101U
This is a very common european system. It was released by numerous manufacturers such as Intel (Germany), Asaflex, Univox, Interstate and others, and exists in two versions: 4 and 6 games (model 105 ?). The case can be black or white and the controllers can change. It has big orange buttons and large game selection wheel. It was released in 1977 and uses the popular AY-3-8500 chip grom General Instruments offering the 4 classic pong games : Hockey, Tenn...
INTERACT Home Computer System
The Interact computer had a very short life in USA. It had only just got in production when the Interact Co. of Ann Arbor MI, went bankrupt. Several thousand machines were produced though. Some of them were sold by Protecto Enterprizes of Barrington, IL, the liquidator, but the main part was sold by MicroVideo, also of Ann Arbor. Protecto bought lots of back-of-the-magazine ads for years, always printed with "WE LOVE OUR CUSTOMERS". The Interact shipped with 2 joysticks, a built-in tape recor...
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...
SANYO  MBC-55x
The Sanyo MBC-550 was the first of the legitimate "clones" of the IBM Personal Computer. While others (notably the Taiwanese) were duplicating the circuitry and Read-Only Memories (ROMs) of the IBM PC, Sanyo Business Systems designed their own circuitry and wrote their own Basic Input/Output System (BIOS), part of which was in ROM and part was on disk. The character set was also in ROM. In Japan, this computer was the MBC-55. It came with a kanji character set and the CP/M-86 operating system. S...
COMMODORE  AMIGA 2500
The first Amiga 2500 model was released during 1989 and was most popular in the US and Canada, appealing to the high-end user and professional market. There was very little difference from previous revisions of the A2000, the most notable being the addition of processor cards increasing the system speed. First models were sold with A2620 card (68020 processor + 68881 FPU), next with A2630 (68030 + 6882) Armando Ruggeri, from Canada, adds:
MATSUSHITA  National JR 100
The National (also known as Panasonic or Matsushita in other countries) JR series was pretty popular in Japan. Small quantities were sold outside Japan, in New Zeland among other countries. Little is known about the first system of the range (please help!). It was obviously an initiation machine with black & white display and rubber keyboard. The JR 100 was followed by the JR 200. Thanks to Murray Moffatt from New Zeland for most of the informatio...

   LATEST COMMENTS
gregory blake
12/4/2019
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
I worked at Q1 when it started out in farmingdale in the mid 70''s- early 80''s
worked as a bench tech then field service. worked there about 5 yrs
worked with Glen Malm and a bunch of other great guys, Those were the days. we were exhibiting in MGM grand during COMDEX when the MGM had the Fire that took 82 lives. while i was with Q1 we went from the 8080 to the z80. 8 inch floppys to 5 1/4 inch floppys
also offered Ball Multi platter drives, had a console with a daisy wheel printer and Liquid plasma display.
even had a commercial on tv during the very first space shuttle launch.

Yan
12/2/2019
XEROX  860
LoL, here in Brasil, "Bravox" is the name of a company that produces loudspeakers. It was founded by immigrants from Germany in 1953.

Yan
12/2/2019
IBM  PC Junior
with so many oddities in comparison with the standard PC is not surprise that it has failed. I don''t see the point of a company picks a successful product, make a worse version of it and expect that people will swallow it. They could simply put the very same hardware into a cheapo and more compact case and sell it for less - surely it would be a better way of hooking the home users, and, of course, work hard developing a plethora of cool games (it always was the main attractive for computer home users by that time). I believe that they thought about this but feared that the corporate customers noticed the similarity and buy the JR for office use instead the regular version. Anyway, it is only history now and we all know that it was just a matter of small time until people start buying the "big" PC to use at home! $)

Yan
12/2/2019
HOLBORN 9100
The monitor design looks like something coming out from an early 1970s sci-fi movie. It''s kind of scary for me.

Yan
12/2/2019
LEANORD  Silex
Looking at the random systems I first fell into the "Darlay DY 80" page and now in this "Leanord Silex", both Made in France. Seems to me that the French are as good making computers as they are making cars. LoL. :D

Oleg Kuznetsov
11/28/2019
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION PDP-8
Hi folks! I''m from Russia which in past was USSR - we worked on PDP 11/70 series machine in Moscow State University at the Department of Math and Mechanics in 1985-1990. These were indeed great times for us students to program on PDP using mostly Macro Assembler and C++ when it later was also enabled on this multi-user machine. We experimented with FORTRAN to calculate differential equations and find better applications for serious tasks in computing the big data. We also had quite a lot of TETRIS, SNAKE games on our hard disk and we used $UIC$ user entry system which allowed user to RUN and DEBUG the programs - there had been BUILDER of EXE files and this was not too easy to cope. While RSX operating system was quite a fun. All commands we used were well documented and helpful. We even tried to a bit hack the RSX shell to enter as highest priority user while this was only to "improve" our skills in the RSX system engine, And this system was and still IS state of the art I would suggest. I had SO many nice experience in general understanding of how OS works, what it''s core is and how system of machine commands works as one Orchestra. These WERE the times folks!!!! Br Oleg from Moscow

Oleg Kuznetsov
11/28/2019
ADDS Mentor 2000
Great compute and great OS PICK I had been using in post-USSR ministry of Foreign Trade and the experience with MENTOR machine was quite bright and powerful in terms of massive level-up in programming with BASIC for the enormous database of spare parts, invoices, accounting records and entry data forms we used on ASCII RS232 terminals which allow pseudo-graphics to make nice windows and entry screeens. I will remember these magic times for the rest of my life as the most productive in my programmer career. Later I bacame the CFO of RUssia in a multinational company in Mining and I still cherish and respect the Great Effort which MENTOR designers and engineers made for us to be more than happy and successful users of this GEM. Cheers to all the super-team of ADDS guys - who will be forever remembered in our country. I realize that computers of today maybe are much top gear etc. While old stuff like MENTOR and PICK will never be beaten by new HI-Tech. We people of 90s will always trust in real gear. Cheers to all folks who like MENTOR and PICK!! Br Oleg


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
GRAPHICS PAK (26-3715)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application -
BREAKOUT
Atari Video-Pinball (C380)
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - breakout
VOODOO CASTLE (VIC-1918)
Commodore Vic 20
Commodore - 1981
 game - adventure - Scott Adams adventure games - text interface - text only
DOUBLE DRAGON V - THE SHADOW FALLS (21941)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari, Tradewest, Williams - 1995
 game - 2d - beat 'em up
NEBULA (09)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - egypt - shoot them up
MAZE (VIDEOCART-10)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1977
rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4
 game - maze
GIRL'S GARDEN (G-1037)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1984
 game -
SYNDICATE (8002-SYNJAG)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari, Bullfrog Productions (developer), Electronic Arts, Ocean Software (publisher) - 1995
 game - isometric 3d - real time strategy
TROY AIKMAN NFL FOOTBALL (21942)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Telegames (developer), Tradewest, Williams (publisher) - 1995
 game - american football - nfl - sport
SPACE MOUNTAIN (OM-G003)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Tsukuda - year unknown
 game - shoot them up - space
MOTOCROSS
Atari Stunt Cycle (model SC-450)
Atari - 1977
 game - motocross - motorbike - stunt
ANIMACTION (VT3604)
Vectrex
GCE - 1983
rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3
 misc - animation - vector graphics
ASTRO WARS II - BATTLE IN GALAXY (02)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - shoot them up
ZOOM 909 (C-47)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1985
 game - shoot them up
CUBIC TIC TAC TOE
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 game - tic tac toe

   RANDOM ADVERTS
Stupid picture #2

SMH - ALCATEL
ALPHA Plus

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
UK advert, Oct 1983

SAGE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Sage II

 
German brochure #1

ATARI
TT 030

 
French advert#1

COLECO
ADAM

 
First C-10 ad

CROMEMCO
C10

 
Tandy 1988 catalog

TANDY RADIO SHACK
1000 EX

 
Jupiter brochure #2

JUPITER CANTAB
Jupiter Ace

 
8-page US advert #3

COMPAQ
Portable III

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

NORTHSTAR
Advantage

 
French ad (nov. 1983...

MATTEL ELECTRONICS
Intellivision

 
Compact version

MICRODIGITAL
TK-3000

 
U.K. ad (Apr. 86)

THORN EMI
WREN

 
French advert #1

TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

 
German advert

CASIO
FP 6000

 
Microsoft Multiplan,...

COMMODORE
C128 - C128D

 
French advert #2

ORIC
ATMOS

 
Japanese advertiseme...

HITACHI
H1 / H1E

 
Brochure - happy cou...

ORMATU ELECTRIC BV
Ormatu Video Spelcomputer 2001

 
UK brochure #3

COMMODORE
CBM 700 Series

 
French advert.

TATUNG
EINSTEIN TC-01

 
New Zeland ad. (1980...

ISC (INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS CORP)
CompuColor II

 
Brochure - cover

ORMATU ELECTRIC BV
Ormatu Video Spelcomputer 2001

 
U.K. ad (Mar. 86)

AMSTRAD
PCW 8256 / 8512

 
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