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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...
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...
MCM COMPUTERS  MCM 800
Based on the MCM 70 / 700 (see this entry for more info), the MCM 800 followed in 1976. It was faster, included 16 KB RAM (instead of 8 KB for the 700), and included the ability to drive an external monitor. Among other things, MCM 800s were used in one of the first french industrial network called Gixinet (along with ARCnet). This was a token-bus type network developped by the Gixi company....
IMLAC PDS-1
The Imlac PDS-1 is a graphical minicomputer made by Imlac Corporation (founded in 1968) of Needham, Massachusetts. The PDS-1 debuted in 1970 and is considered to be the predecessor of all later graphical minicomputers and modern computer workstations. The PDS-1 had a built-in display list processor and 4096 16-bit words of core RAM. The PDS-1 used a vector display processor for displaying vector graphics as opposed to the raster graphics of modern computer displays. The PDS-1 was often used with...
COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
Between 1984 (in the U.S.) and 1986 (in Germany), Commodore International celebrated the 1,000,000 machines sold mark in these respective countries by issuing special "Gold" editions of the Commodore C64. These machines were regular C64 models, except they were Golden-colored and fixed on a commemorative plate. The following information comes from Death Adder : Until December 1986, 1,000,000 Commodore 64s were sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH (...

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SANYO  PHC-33
This is a classic MSX1 computer. In fact it seems to be a PHC-28L with a built-in tape-recorder....
CROMEMCO  System I / II / III
CROMEMCO was founded in 1974 by two Stanford Students, Roger Melen and Harry Garland, who lived in the CROthers MEMorial Hall dormitory on the Stanford campus. Eventually CROMEMCO needed space to receive visitors, and moved out of the dorm to Mountain View, and incorporated in 1976. Early products were cards for the S-100 bus, as used by the Altair and IMSAI computers. These computers were built aro...
ZPA IQ-151
The IQ-151 was a Czechoslovakian home computer manufactured by ZPA Novy Bor (Novy Bor being the town where ZPA was based). It was mainly intended for educational purpose and was actually supplied to all types of Czech schools. The main peripheral was a standard cassette recorder, but several modules could be connected to 5 built-in expansion slots: VIDEO (display), BASIC (interpreter), BASIC G (graphic Basic interpreter), GRAFIK (256 x 512 graphics), STAPER (printer), MINIGRAF (plotter)
IBM  PC XT - Model 5160
The IBM PC XT is the successor of the IBM PC. The XT stands for EXtended Technology and was introduced in early 1983. It has enhanced features: CGA graphic card, hard disk, more memory, and no more tape port (!). But it wasn't very innovative. There are in fact two versions of the XT motherboard. The first one can accept from 64k to 256k RAM, whereas the later one has support for 640K RAM max, the 101-key keyboard, a 3.5'' FDD and a few other det...
SHARP  PC-5000
The PC-5000 is the Sharps's first attempt to produce a laptop computer, and was one of the first clamshell style portable computer with the Grid Compass and the Gavilan. So it is a clamshell style portable computer : when you open the PC-5000, the LCD screen (8 x 80) is lifted to reach its ''in-use'' position, and when you close the computer the screen tilts until it covers the keyboard. There is an optional printer which can be mounted into the case of the PC-5000 (see picture). The ty...
ACT Apricot PC
After having imported the Victor Sirius for years in the UK, ACT produced its own computer largely inspired by the Sirius : the Apricot PC. It was supposed to be transportable as there is a handle on the main-unit ! If you really want to move your Apricot this way, the keyboard can be clipped to the main-unit. Several features made this computer quite technically innovative : • the Apricot PC was possibly the first computer outside Japan to use 3.5'' disk...
SONY  Hit-Bit G900F
The HB-G 900F was a special MSX2 model aimed at the professional market. It has built in features to pilot Genlock (for video capture) and laserdisks. The case and keyboard of the HB-G900 is pretty similar to the one of the HB-500 and HB-700. The main differences are the extra video connectors and the built-in RS-232 port. The second cartridge slot found on the HB-500 and HB-700 is replaced by t...
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...
MITSUBISHI  Multi 16
Multi16 was Japanese first 16-bit personal computer. This machine is known as first Shift-JIS code machine. Shift-JIS code is Chineese character's code defined by Microsoft. It met great success and became Japanese standard. Multi-16 could be equipped with an optional hard disk unit. It was only 10 MBytes and costed over $4,000! Thanks to Nomura Hisayuki for this information ...
ATARI  65 / 130 XE
The Atari 130-XE was first shown at the Winter Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show in 1985 (with the Atari 130 ST), it has the same characteristics as the Atari 800 XL except its added memory (128 KB instead of 64 KB for the 800 XL). The extended memory can be used as a RAM disk, or can be accessed by bank switching routines. It was an attempt to extend the life of the old XL series, but Atari abandoned it pretty quickly to con...

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   LATEST COMMENTS
Bernard Van Haecke
2/18/2018
CASIO  FP 1000 / FP 1100
I only had the dual 5 1/4 floppy drive unit. I connected it to my Sinclair ZX Spectrum with some floppy interface bought in the UK. The drives made a funny noise when starting up. Also had a slightly newer Casio keyboard model and hacked the PCB traces to connect it to the Spectrum mainboard. I wish I could play with these again.

Alexander Brandon
2/16/2018
SEEQUA  CHAMELEON
To those who commented here who worked at Seequa, thank you. This was my first family computer. I learned BASIC on it. Played Jumpman and used Sidekick, among a few other things. And we hauled it to ChUG! (Chesapeake area Users Group)

8Bit Baz
2/16/2018
ORIC ORIC 1
The Oric is one of those things that you ''fall in love with'' when you are a disaffected teenager. You choose a machine that isn''t exactly the coolest or most popular around but clearly is ''something else''.
How many ways do we "lurve" thee, Oric?
Check out the threads and posts here to find out, guys:

http://atari.boards.net/thread/2446/oric-count-ways-love-thee


mark uihlein
2/16/2018
IBM  5120
Worked on 5110s and 5120s in the NYC commercial printing industry. Wrote an entire job costing system, estimating syste, union payroll system, GL, AP, Billing and AR systems. This was in the 1980s. Had it running at many of the premier large print shops that were all over lower NYC in that period. One configuration had attached "toaster" 8 inch drives. The entire company ran by time slicing their departments. They went on for years until I wrote a conversion program and put them up on a 36 (in Basic). 64K was a thrill to run a full, multi-union, in-house payroll for 50 or so employees across 3 shifts.

Jody Tallal
2/15/2018
VECTOR GRAPHICS  Vector 4
Back in the early 1980''s I hired a small programming company to create a complete personal financial planning software system to create financial plans instead of doing it manually. The only machine at the time that could handle what we needed to do was a Vector 4.

I still have that original machine but have lost the keyboard. It boots up fine except for the KB error.

I am trying to find a keyboard that will work and it appears to be impossible to find one made for this computer. Because it has a RJ11 interface I am wondering if other keyboards of that era that have RJ11 plugs will work. I have found a HP 2392 2394 Terminal Keyboard and a Vintage Wyse 901876-01 RJ-11 Terminal Keyboard (US/UK ASCII). Does anyone know if either of those two KBs would work with my Vector 4 box? If not, any suggestions of what else I might to to get a keyboard that can work with this machine?

Thanks

Tim Shoemaker
2/13/2018
ALPHA MICRO 1000 Series
WAY back in 1980, I sold my old 16k Imsai 8080 with dual 8" and dual 4" floppies, and purchased an Alpha Micro AM-100 with a 90MB CDC Phoenix disc and purchased "Alpha Accounting".. this was where I cut my teeth as I went into business.
Over the years, I worked for multiple companies that used Alpha Micro computers, Including 2 AM Dealers, one manufacturing company (about 13 years). I also spent about 4 years as Programmer at Alpha Micro itself programming for their IT Department in Alpha Basic.. we maintained all the internal business software for MRP, Sales, Purchasing, Accounting, etc, and we were a test platform for new hardware $ software as it was being released to the public. I also programmed in DDL (Dravac Database Language) as well as ISAM, and I did my small share of Macro Assembly coding to fix/change terminal drivers. I finally left the Alpha Micro world in 1999 when Datatronics (my employer at the time) purchased a new ERP system to replace "ShoemakerWare" that we had been running the company on for many years. Alpha Micro was a fun run! Great/Amazing computer technology back in the early 80''s.

rfka01
2/12/2018
ACT Apricot Xi
I have one that is missing the keyboard ... contact me if you have one for sale for a reasonable price.
rfka01 (at) freenet (dot) de

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