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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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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POLYCORP Poly 1 Educational Computer
The Poly was a home/educational computer platform developed in New Zealand in the early 1980s. It was marketed to schools, but because it was prohibitively expensive and somewhat idiosyncratic, the main customers seem to have been the Australian Army and somebody in China. Perhaps its most remarkable feature was its ability for networking, which seems to have used a protocol all of its own. For a year or two it may have been the most network capable home computer in the world, before 3Com tho...
INTERTON Video 2400
One more pong from the famous german manufacturer. This system is like the Video 3000 system but with paddles and without the gun option. It's very compact compared to the larger Video 2800 or Video 3000 systems. It's based on the AY-3-8500 chip from General Instruments. It was designed to be sold worldwide as there are no text labels but only logical pictograms. The Thomson JV1T for example, is an example of rebadged Video 2400 system for foreign market...
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...
JVC HC-95
The JVC-95 conformed to the maximum graphics specification of the MSX-2 standard. However, like the Pioneer PX-7 it also carried a sophisticated hardware interface that handled video superimposition and various interactive video processing features. In fact, the case housed two separate electronic cards. One was purely MSX, the second was dedicated to additional video functions. Several programs were bundled with the system, th...
COMMODORE  CDTV
The Commodore Amiga CDTV is, in a way, the ancestor of the Amiga CD32 game console. Basically, it is an Amiga 500 with a CDROM drive. It was sold without keyboard or mouse, but it was possible to connect them to the CDTV. A 3.5" floppy disk drive (800 KB), was developed for this computer. It was designed to be a home entertainment device, but it was too expensive and only very little software was developed for this machine (Psygnosis made almost all the s...
SANCO  7000
The Sanco 7000 was sold with the Microsoft Basic interpreter (V.4.45) and KBasic, a special basic which allowed advanced data management. Notice that the sanco 7000 has a 1 KB ram used for cache disk. More than 5000 Sanco 7000 were delivered, mainly in France....
MBC  ALCYANE A6E
The Alcyane had a very powerful basic for files managing called Alcybase. It could use a specific version of APL. It was possible to network 2 to 4 computers together. The manufacturer was MATRA DATASYSTEM (until 1986) These computers where mainly sold with 10 MB removable 12" hard disks from CII Honneywell Bull. A multi-user system was also released, called A10. Jean Pierre Bouhot was one of the founders of MBC. The C letter came from COTTIN who went into partnership with Bouhot. ...
NEC  PC 8201A
Sheduled to be released in the U.S. in 1983 summertime, the PC-8201 was expected to compete directly with Tandy Model 100. Both machines were very similar, but the NEC could expand its internal RAM memory from 16 KB to 64 KB (only 32 KB for the Model 100). The 8201's 32 KB ROM contained the operating system, Microsoft BASIC interpreter, a simple text-editing program and a telecommunication program. It could display the full 128 ASCII character set as well as Japanese Katakana characters and ...
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  Laser 50 / One
The Laser 50 was a small and cheap computer, nearly pocket sized. It was sold as an educational computer (it's written on it), and in France it was sold in a suitcase along with an introductory cartoon-book.......
PALLADIUM Tele-Cassetten-Game
This is another incarnation of the classic systems using cartridges based on General Instruments chips. Ten small buttons, are used to select the different games offered by the inserted cartridge. The cartridge offering the greatest number of games is 10-ball-speile with 10 games. The playing options are activated by the three switches. Each option depends on the cartridge inserted, the meaning of switches being explained on each cartridge label. The joysticks are detachable and are connected...

   LATEST COMMENTS
larry
9/19/2020
SHARP  PC-1500 / PC-1500A
As opposed to what someone says below (Franck B.), power consumption of the PC1500 is large, even on fresh Batteries. Years of daily use on the same set of AA cells is simply impossible. See the back of the 1500 : 0.13W consumed !

$$1040$$$1085$$$1076$$$1088$$$1077$$$1081$
9/18/2020
TESLA PMD-85
This is my first wave...This B$W computer is to pretty...

Mihnea
9/16/2020
ELECTROMAGNETICA Jet
I started my epic IT journey with one of these, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I actually still own it, and it still starts up (haven''t tried any programs though as I don''t have the cassette tapes anymore).

Contrary to what some of the comments here state, the processor was perfectly fine and useable, despite being a reverse-engineered clone of the Z80. I played countless games on it (including the ones with custom loading procedures), wrote and ran numerous programs in BASIC and assembler, even loaded a simple version of PASCAL.

It''s possible some of the "JET" clones on the market were actually fakes, as it was common in Romania of that time to take the case of an existing computer and then add or tweak the internals$ that would explain the poor experience some other users have seen. Mine worked perfectly fine for everything I ever threw at it, actually I lately won a HC-90 during a computer programming contest and it was significantly worse in all aspects $ buggy loading from tape (kept R Loading Error''ing), non-working keys, insane noise when loading programs from tape (whoever thought that was a useful thing to have?!).

The keycaps were by far the best on the market among all Z80 Romanian clones (HC, CIP, etc.) as they had the text printed and covered by a plastic cap$ it means they are still readable and in great shape decades later, as opposed to the others which had missing text soon after purchase and later would turn into "blank" keyboards.

The main disadvantage of the machine was the lack of native extensions $ while the HC benefitted from the Interface 1 and 2 add-ons, which enabled joysticks, floppy disk drives and even networking support (!), on the JET that all had to be done "the hard way". Mine only had a Sinclair Joystick extension to the side, which required some soldering and case modding, but it worked nicely afterwards.

Another interesting fact about the JET was that it was capable of reading several different tape "styles" (programmes recorded with different machines were rarely compatible among them due to the speed and amplitude of the tape signals), all it took was slight tweaks to the tape head. The CIP was also pretty good in this regard, but the HC was absolutely terrible, refusing to load any programme not written by its own hardware.

Computer
9/16/2020
COMPUTER DEVICES INCORPORATED  DOT
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OLEK CHRISTOPHE
9/14/2020
COMPAQ Portable III
This was my first student computer and * was fond of it!
Who would be interested in it?

James
9/9/2020
PHILIPS  P2000 T/M
The P2000 whilst a good machine was primitive due to its teletext chip and expensive price but it did have some success in education in Holland.


Barry Lawrence (UK)
9/7/2020
AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS J100 - J500
I was involved with the launch of the J100 into the UK. Just rummaged through these names, many bringing back happy memories, especially Jenny, Lorna, Norman, Robin and Terry.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
SPACE HARRIER
Sharp X1
Dempa, Sega - year unknown
 game - shoot them up
DROL (C-51)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Br°derbund Software, Sega - 1985
 game - platform
ORGUSS (G-1015)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Big West, MBS, Sega - 1984
 game - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up
SQUASH
GI AY-3-8500 (4 games)
General Instruments - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - squash
BACKGAMMON (MG1008)
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics - 1978
 game - backgammon - board game - mind games
JET FIGHTER
Arcade
Atari - 1975
 game - dogfight - duel - plane - shoot them up
DAIMAN
Indata Dai
Dialog Informatique - 1983
 game - eat them all - maze - pac-man
CHECKERS (VIDEOCART-19)
Fairchild Channel F
Zircon International Inc. - 1978
 game - board game - checkers
DESERT STRIKE - RETURN TO THE GULF (L071)
Atari Lynx
Electronic Arts, Telegames (publisher), Teque (developer) - 1993
 game - helicopter - isometric 3d
SIMON SAYS
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game -
MORIA
Oric compatible systems
Severn Software - 1984
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 game - medieval fantastic - role playing game - Tolkien
BLOCK OUT (PA2056)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), California Dreams - 1991
 game - puzzle
DODGE IT (VIDEOCART-16)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1978
 game -
STAR TREK - STARFLEET ACADEMY (32X) (84521)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
High Voltage Software, Interplay, Sega - 1995
 game - flight sim - space - star trek
DRAGON WANG (C-46)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1985
 game - beat 'em up - martial arts - platform

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French advert (1984)

COLECO
Colecovision

 
US advert.

TIMEX / SINCLAIR
1000

 
UK advert (feb. 1980...

SINCLAIR
MK 14

 
U.S. advert (1982)

LNW RESEARCH
LNW-80

 
Italian ad #2

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
U.S. advert (1982)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

DRAGON DATA LTD
Dragon 32

 
Lisa 1 pin

APPLE
LISA / LISA 2 - Mac XL

 
U.S. ad (1983)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
COMPACT COMPUTER 40 (CC40)

 
French advert (july ...

ATARI
65 / 130 XE

 
Promotional pict. #1

APF
Imagination Machine

 
French advert (decem...

ATARI
VCS 2600

 
French advert (1982)

NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
Comparison chart

PANASONIC
JD series

 
French advert#1

COLECO
ADAM

 
UK advert (dec. 1979...

COMPUKIT
UK-101

 
CMC International

INTERTEC
SUPERBRAIN

 
U.S. ad. June 1983

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
8086 version

SEATTLE COMPUTER
Gazelle

 
Advert #1

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Electron User mag #1...

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
US advert

PANASONIC
JR-200U

 
Seequa ad (Jun. 83)

SEEQUA
CHAMELEON

 
1978 brochure #20

MSI
6800

 
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