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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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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  COMPACT COMPUTER 40 (CC40)
The Compact Computer 40 is a cute little system which represents Texas-Instrument`s first entry into the portable computer market. It can be considered in many ways as the TI-99 4/A's little brother. It includes a special version of the TI Extended Basic, where most of the graphical and sound statements has been discarded. But it is so close, than some TI-99 4/A can actually be executed on a CC40 ! Basic statements can be accessed directly through specific ke...
SPECTRAVIDEO  SVI 738 - X'press
This computer was a MSX 1 computer equipped with V9938 Video chip, which was quite unusual. It was probably meant to become an MSX 2, thus first versions were prepared to hold a CLOCK-IC chip. Thanks to its V9938 it could display 80-column text. It was called SPECTRAVIDEO XPRESS because it was delivered with a bag to easily carry it around in. The XPRESS designation was also used in a MSX 2 and PC hybrid (X'PRESS 16, for 16-bit...
ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS ACS-186
The Altos 186 was based on the "brand new" 16-bit iApx 186 CPU, in fact the (sometimes called "Lost Generation") Intel 80186. Compared to the previous Altos models, the new design made it less bulky. The main unit is at last smaller than the keyboard or the monitor. The main unit houses a 720k 3.5" disk-drive and a 10 MB hard-disk. ...
TELMI Périminitel
The Périminitel from Telmi is a very interesting system using an original concept: it is a computer using the Minitel (French videotex terminal) as its display, keyboard and modem! In 1983, it was the first project of this nature. The Périminitel itself is thus only a computer case with the mother board and the built-in floppy disk drives. You then have to connect your Minitel terminal to get the display and keyboard. The display specifications are those of the Videotex: 40x25 characters a...
SHARP  MZ-3500
This computer was not compatible with the other MZ series. It was the succesor of MZ-3200 series Sharp started to sell 5000 systems in Japan in November 1982 before selling it to the rest of the world where it didn't meet a large success because of its high selling price and numerous options.
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Örjan Smith adds: My first own computer was a SHARP MZ-3541. I used it for many years. I had both EOS and FD...

LOGABAX  PERSONA 1600
This computer was built at Meaux (France, Paris area) by Logabax which was owned by Olivetti at 65%. It was in fact the international version of the Olivetti M24. This was a highly PC compatible system. It means that it was truely hardware and sotfware compatible with the IBM PC of the time. Back then, all "PC compatible" systems were not exactly 100% compatible... so it was a real marketing argument for the Persona 1600. There were two true tests to know if ...
DIGITUS DGT100 / DGT1000
Brazil produced several Tandy Model I and III clones. Among them, the DGT-100 and DGT-1000 which were manufactured by DIGITUS Ind. Com. Serv. de Eletrônica Ltda and sold only in Brazil. Although their cases looked like an Apple II, both models were compatible with the Tandy Model I and III and featured a Level II BASIC interpreter. The DGT-100 had a monochrome video output while the DGT-...
TONEL PC
The TONEL PC is another system based on the Lambda 8300 but marketed by another third company. It's a Sinclair ZX-81 with more RAM (2 KB!) and a "better" keyboard... We don't know exactly where this system was distributed and what was the real name of the brand... See Lambda 8300 entry for more info....
PANASONIC FH 2000
The FH-2000 was the successor of the Panasonic HHC. Like its predecessor, it was a portable machine intended to run professional custom applications. The computer was solidly built, featuring an IBM/PC-like keyboard and an 8-line LCD display located into the cover. The basic software was comprised of an 8086 BIOS and a BASIC interpreter close to the Microsoft/GW-Basic, stored in one of the four ROM sockets. These sockets provided up to 512 KB of memory area...
ICL  OPD - One Per Desk
This strange mixture between telephone and computer is actually a Sinclair QL (slightly modified, of course). It is based on the QL motherboard, but with some improvements, namely, ruggedized (in other words, more reliable) Microdrives. ICL also added some software in ROM: diary, address and phone book, communication software and a terminal emulator. It has a built-in modem and a speech synthesizer. According to ICL, each executive should have this computer...

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Russian advert - pag...

LEMZ
Agat

 
Sanco brochure #1

SANCO
TPC-8300

 
Diabolik, french adv...

YAMAHA
YIS-503 / Diabolik

 
Japanese advert (199...

SEGA
Teradrive

 
Advert #2

ATARI
800

 
German ad #1

SHARP
MZ 700

 
Brochure extract

CASIO
FX-9000P

 
Ohio brochure

OHIO SCIENTIFIC
CHALLENGER III

 
French ad (dec. 1986...

MULTITECH
MPF-I/88

 
French advert (june ...

THOMSON
TO 7

 
Advert #2

PRAVETZ
IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82

 
1980 range advert

HEATHKIT / ZENITH
H-89

 
U.S. advert (1979)

POLYMORPHIC
System 8813

 
US advert

MORROW DESIGNS
Micro Decision

 
French ad (dec. 1985...

ATARI
520 / 1040 STf / STfm

 
Advert

APPLE
APPLE II

 
1978 brochure #15

MSI
6800

 
Comparison chart

PANASONIC
JD series

 
Advert (february 198...

SMT
Goupil 2

 
Promo pic #3

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
UK advert (1984)

ORIC
ATMOS

 
french advert (febru...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
1977 advert #2

SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION
6800

 
French ad (may 1984)

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
George C
2/15/2019
CANON  AS-100
I was a Canon Dealer from 1983 to the late 90s. The AS-100 was the first personal computer we sold. Software was limited but we has some success selling these for general accounting applications. We had our most success with the ATHENA. I ended up tossing three AS-100 in the dumpster but they were all in working order. We built a cabinet with wheels about the size of a small refrigerator which allowed us to transport the AS-100 to prospect sites. Can''t believe we did that.

Walsh Robert
2/7/2019
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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Carl Plumer
2/5/2019
ACT Apricot Portable
I''m very interested in acquiring the beautiful Apricot PCs, manuals, after market books, etc., and peripherals. Means a lot to me and I will treat them all like fragile crystals of pure joy. Ping me at carlsplumer AT gmail DOT com if you want to chat about your Apricot stuff. Cheers!

Martin How
2/5/2019
FORTUNE 32:16
I bought one of these in 1983/4 to replace an IBM 5110. It was my first UNIX experience. I learned to program in C using Informix and the C integration library to batch process and add event code it Perfrom forms. We had a 40Mb disk and an extra SCSI disk and expansion cabinet with a serial port expander for 8 people. PSUs were a bit flakey with the caps blowing up, but we quickly learned to pull the plug at the first sound of fizzing on start up.

We replaced it in 1989 with an Acer Altos running SCO System. Mostly the business runs MS but we still run some UNIX today.

For fun i now programme and build hardware for the raspberry Pi still using to old skills gained on the Fortune 32:16

Gary Nelson
2/4/2019
IBM  AN/FSQ-7
I was a first generation USAF "BlueSuit" graduate of the IBM Kingston training program in 1961$my job code was 30551. I was a computer repairman and later computer operator of the Q7 at Duluth Air Defense Sector (DUADS). One topic I have not seen mentioned was the fact that many of the voltages that ran the computer came from motor-generators that were controlled by the computer itself. The pentode tubes were designed so that, when run at lower or higher than normal voltage, they would fail. By this means, the failure rate of 48000 tube system could be acceptably low.

Don
2/2/2019
IBM  PC Junior
I have a PCjr for sale - original boxes, 2 keyboards, 2 joy sticks, 8 games, 10 magazines and all original books - guide to Operations, Basic book, Hands on Basic, IBMPCjr sample disk.

Loren
2/2/2019
COMMODORE  PET / CBM 40xx
Hi! I created a DIY 3D Printing project to build your own fully working Commodore PET Mini, just like this one! Take a look at it here: https://commodorepetmini.com

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