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   LATEST ADDITIONS
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  Challenger
In 1977 computing industry is changing fast. Ohio Scientific Instruments who were making a lot of expansion boards for their 400 single-board computer, called "Superboard", realize that it would be nice to sell all this hardware, all assembled, in a single case, ready to plug and use. That's what is a Challenger computer, more a concept than a single system. Indeed under the name Challenger came different configurations based around the Superboard system: - Challenger 65-1k: 6502A CPU, ser...
WANG LABORATORIES Wang 2200
The Wang 2200 appeared in May 1973, and was Wang Laboratories' first minicomputer that could perform data processing in a common computer language: BASIC. It had a cathode ray tube (CRT) built-in its case and also an integrated computer-controlled cassette tape storage unit. 65,000 systems were shipped in its lifetime and it found wide use in small and medium-size businesses worldwide. There has been quite several diffent models of the 2200: - 2200A : first models released in 1973 - 2200B :...
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...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
ICE-FELIX HC-85
In 1985, despite of the severe limitations of the political system, the Romanian computer company ICE-Felix, located in Bucharest, started to design and produce Sinclair Spectrum compatible computers. The company was founded in 1970 and became the main computer equipments manufacturer in Romania. Several mini and microcomputers were developed, based initially on the French C.I.I. company licence. The HC-85 was the first manufactured model. It was primarily intended for the Romanian school...
H.G.S. ELECTRONIC Telesport
This is a typical system using catridges based on the different chipsets developped by General Instruments in the late 70s. Each GI chips was able to generate several games, ball games for a start, then later car racing, motorcycle, submarines, tanks and shooting games. The system has two detachable controllers with one analog joystick and one fire button each. The control panel is composed of 10 buttons to select the different games offered by each cartridge (10 being the maximum). Difficult...
ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY Advance 86
The Advance 86 was an early IBM PC compatible system conceived by Advance Technology (UK) and built by Ferranti (well known for its military products, and the ZX-81custom chip). It was intended to appeal to the home user and to small businesses. It had the same features as the IBM PC (360 KB disks, identical graphic resolution) but had a different CPU, the 8086 which was a true 16-bit processor, for a much lower price ! The Advance 86 was totally IBM PC compa...
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY CUBIC 99
This computer, also known as the Talking Computer, was fully compatible with the Apple II and the CP/M operating systems thanks to its dual processor motherboard (6502 and Z80). It was manufactured by the Creative Technology Cie. which will later become wide-world known for its Sound Blaster cards. Cubic 99 also had a vocal synthesizer which allowed the user to record and to reproduce words in English or Chinese language. Several commands of the BASIC lan...
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-86
The HP-86 series was the same machines as the HP-87 but used a 9" or 13" external monochrome monitor. The built-in BASIC language derived from the HP-85's but featured about 20 additional graphics commands. It also allowed to directly address the ports of external modules. Two vdersions were successively released: The 86-A had 64 KB of RAM and was fully compatible with the 87-A. It had built-in interfaces for a prin...
CANON  CAT
In 1987 Canon USA Inc. released a new computer named the Canon Cat. This computer was targeted at low-level clerical workers such as secretaries. After six months on the market and with 20,000 units sold, Canon discontinued the Cat. The Cat featured an innovative text based user interface that did not rely upon a mouse, icons, or graphics. The key person behind the Cat was Jef Raskin, an eclectic gadgeteer, who began the design of the Cat during his work on the first Macintosh project at App...
G.Z.E. UNIMOR Bosman 8
The Bosman 8, was made by "G.Z.E. Unimor" (Gdanskie Zaklady Elektroniczne Unimor) in Poland (Gdansk to be precise). It was released in 1987 as a system for schools and offices, but even CAD/CAM software was developed for this machine and later, as being too expensive (cost 1 300 000 zl) and extremely hard to get (apparently only 1000 models have been produced), Bosman 8 was used mainly as a terminal for automatized processes (designing printed boards). The main particularity of the Bos...
YAMAHA  CX5
This Yamaha computer is specialised in music and sound production. In fact it is a low range MSX 1 computer, with a built-in SKW-01 Yamaha synthesizer which turns the computer into a real synthesizer with a sound quality really suprising for that time, and the ability to change or create you own sounds. The CX5 is in fact the same computer as the Yamaha YIS-303, but with the SKW-01 Sound Module built-in.Yamaha also produced upgr...
MAGNAVOX Odyssey 200
In 1975, Magnavox released an improved version of the Odyssey 100: the Odyssey 200. It was same as the Odyssey 100 but with two additional chips from Texas Instruments, which added a third game called SMASH and some on-screen scoring. The Odyssey 200 could be played by two or four players (first system to offer this feature), and displayed very basic on-screen scoring using small rectangles (it still had the two plastic cursors to record the scores). Each time a player marked a point, his whi...
SINCLAIR  ZX SPECTRUM +2
The Sinclair Spectrum +2 was the first Sinclair computer made by Amstrad after they bought the rights of the Sinclair computers products. Thus, it is not suprising that the Spectrum +2 is very similar in shape and functionality to the Amstrad CPC-464. It was a kind of mix between the Spectrum 128 and the CPC-464 ! Even though it used several features of the CPC-464, such as the built-in tape recorder and a good full-stroke keyboa...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Riri
11/27/2020
SINCLAIR  ZX SPECTRUM
Mon expérience sur ZX Spectrum https://riri-linventeur.wixsite.com/les-debrouillards/zx-spectrum

George Worley
11/27/2020
NORTHSTAR  Horizon
I owned a Northstar Horizon back in the late 1970s. I don''t remember TurboDOS being available for it. I had 3 different OSes NSDOS, CP/M, and MP/M. I also had two 10MB hard drives that I have seen no reference to anywhere as I only see 5MB listed.. It was one of the first computers to offer any type of Hard Drive. Used it to run a BBS for 10 years.

larry
11/25/2020
SHARP  PC-1500 / PC-1500A
For the lucky ones, that own this marvel, and its tiny printer-plotter, here''s a supply source : http://www.lass-shop.de/epages/63686166.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath$/Shops/63686166/Products/$22US$20017.01$22 Pens really look like original ones. Did anyone test ? Another option is to refill an original pen using a syringe. More later, if someone''s interested.

Don.
11/23/2020
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1000 SX
I still have mine. It came with two floppy drives.

Col Blake
11/23/2020
XEROX  6085
This is a real trip down memory lane for me. I acquired one of these ''brown beasts'' in the 90s. Sadly I didn''t know how to do a ''factory reset'' and it went in the skip. It was very nice while it lasted, it was decades ahead of its time. If only someone had made an effort to sell it and a certain Mr Gates not visited Palo Alto, the story would have been so different!

Lars Brandewie
11/22/2020
FORTUNE 32:16
A hundred years ago I did some test coding on one of these things. A guy had asked me to analyze whether it was fast enough to operate a congressional office system with. I was able to determine that it was by writing code in C. The machine was well ahead of its time, no question.

Gatton
11/17/2020
COMMODORE  C64C
This was also my childhood machine. I miss turning our computers on and seeing a Ready prompt. Kids these days have it great though. I am typing this from a Raspberry Pi $35 computer. It can run all the old Commodores and Apples or anything else. Super fun!


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
NAVAL BATTLE / BLAST-AWAY / SPEED-BALL (cartridge #4)
Coleco Telstar Arcade
Coleco - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - naval battle - shoot them up
SUBMARINE (PC-505)
Hanimex SD-050/SD-070/SD-090 systems
Hanimex - 1977
 game - naval battle - space - submarine
GATE OF LABYRINTH
Sharp X1
Dempa, Ymcat - 1987
 game - role playing game
CHASER (PC/SD-201)
SD-2xx systems
SEL - 1982
 game - eat them all - maze
ELIMINATION!
Arcade
Kee Games - 1973
 game - ball and paddle
CHEMISTRY MATH (26-3708)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application - chemistry - mathematics - science
MR BOMB
Gakken Compact Vision TV-Boy
Gakken - 1983
 game -
ENDURO
Atari Stunt Cycle (model SC-450)
Atari - 1977
 game - motocross - motorbike - stunt
TANK II
Arcade
Kee Games - 1974
 game - duel - maze - tank
1941 - COUNTER ATTACK (HC91048)
NEC Super Grafx
Capcom, Hudson Soft - 1991
 game - plane - shoot them up - vertical scrolling
PITFALL - THE MAYAN ADVENTURE (32X)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Activision, Big Bang Software, Zombie Virtual Reality Entertainment - 1995
 game - jungle - pitfall - platform
MOTOR CYCLE (PC-502)
Hanimex SD-050/SD-070/SD-090 systems
Hanimex - 1977
 game - motocross - motorbike - stunt
STELLAR ASSAULT (32X) (84509)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1995
 game - flight sim - shoot them up - space
HOCKEY
Magnavox Odyssey 300
Magnavox - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
PREHISTORIC SAFARI
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - dinosaurs - lightgun - prehistory - shooting gallery

   RANDOM ADVERTS
French advert (1983)

SYMAG INFORMATIQUE
Orchidée

 
Promotional picture ...

SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
French advert #4

INDATA
DAI

 
UK advert

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Model A / B / B+

 
Jacquard brochure #1

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
U.S. advert (1980)

HEATHKIT
H8

 
1983 Badges

COMMODORE
C64

 
1978 brochure #6

MSI
6800

 
UK advert (stupid !)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
1980 Coleco catalog

COLECO
Telstar Colortron

 
Printers advert

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer

 
Advert #1

IBM
PC Junior

 
U.K. ad. (Aug. 1986)

SHARP
PC-7000

 
US ad. August 1985

TELEVIDEO
Personal Mini PM/4T

 
U.S. advert (1983)

EPSON
QX 10

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

COLUMBIA DATA PRODUCTS
MPC

 
Price list

CAMBRIDGE COMPUTERS
Z 88

 
French brochure #3

ORIC
ORIC 1

 
advert #2

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
Charlie Chaplin #5

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
French ad (dec. 1987...

COMMODORE
Amiga 500

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

ADVANCED COMPUTER SYSTEMS
ACS-1007

 
Leaflet (1982)

INTERTON
VC 4000

 
Russian advert - pag...

LEMZ
Agat

 
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