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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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HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-9825
Although the HP-9825 was presented by HP as a desktop calculator with some computer features, it was really a desktop computer, in fact the first all-in-one computer everyone could use without being a computers guru. This system was lauched quite at the same time as the first personal systems (Altair 8800, Imsai 8080), however, its concepts and features were much more advanced but its price was about ten times the one of an Imsa...
KYOCERA Kyotronic 85
The Kyotronics 85 may be considered the world's first true laptop computer. It was designed and sold in Japan by Kyocera (Kyoto Ceramics). But curiously, apart from the Japanese market, it was little sold in the world despite its very innovative design. On the other hand, three major computer firms noticed this little gem and licenced it. Shortly afterwards, one would see the same computer sold under three different names and case designs in every corner of the world. These machines wer...
TELEVIDEO  TS-803
The TS-803 succeeded to the TS-802. Although it was basically the same CP/M machine, it had several notable enhancements. The all-in-one case had an innovative design. The main unit and mass storage devices were mounted vertically at the right side of a large tilting 14" green display (at the time the standard size was of 12"). The keyboard was also greatly improved. It offered 16 programmable function keys and 10 pre-programmed text-editing keys. It was...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 PC-1
The "TRS-80 Pocket Computer" was the first pocket computer Tandy/Radio Shack distributed. Nowadays, it is often referred to as the TRS-80 PC-1, so as to differentiate it from its successor, the TRS-80 PC-2 (and following), which is a clone of the Sharp PC-1500. The TRS-80 Pocket Computer was custom manufactured by Sharp Corporation, and is technically identical with the Sharp PC-1211 (see there for more technical information). There were some minor differences...
MOS TECHNOLOGY  TIM
The TIM (Terminal Interface Monitor) was a MOS Technology Inc's build-it-yourself 6502 development system that was launched before the KIM-1. When a computer fan ordered a TIM from MOS Technology in Norristown, Pennsylvania, he got a MCS6530-004 (1k TIM monitor program in ROM), and a manual (15 sheets of 11x17 folded & stapled in the middle) containing a suggested schematic, the TIM monitor commands, and listing. He had to provide himself with various components...
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 ...
KENBAK COMPUTER COMPANY Kenbak-1
The Kenbak-1 is considered by many to be the world's first "Personal Computer." The Computer History Museum granted it this designation when they were still located in Boston in 1986. More specifically, the machine represents the first commercially available Von Neumann (stored program) computing device intended and priced for personal use. John V. Blankenbaker designed the Kenbak-1 and marketed in the pages of Scientific American in 1971. The machine's name was taken from the middle of John...
COMMODORE  PLUS 4 - C232/264/364
Among the Commodore news from the Summer CES 1984 was the renaming of the C=264 to Plus/4. This renaming came along with a slight change in the built-in software: you could not choose between many different programs anymore, but each Plus/4 was delivered with the 3-plus-1 software. The built-in software is not worth the silicon it is etched in: a word processor (only with 40 columns and can manage documents with only 99 lines of 77 columns), a very small spreadsheet (only 17 columns and 50 li...
VISUAL TECHNOLOGY Visual 1050
The Visual 1050. Entered into the PC battles mid-80s from the now defunct Visual Technology company (most famous for video terminals at the time). This CP/M based machine was tailored to Wordstar with a specialized keyboard featuring all the wordstar function keys. Graphic capabilities were managed by a second 6502 processor. It was delivered with a set of Digital Research software, including CP/M, C-BASIC compiler, DR-GSX (graphic extensions), as well as WordStar (Word processor), Mai...
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION PDP-8
The PDP-8 was the first sucessful commercial minicomputer, produced by DEC in the 60s, the first real minicomputer, and the first computer costing less than $20,000. By late 1973 to 77, the PDP-8 family was the best selling computer in the world. The basic version could sit on a desktop rather than requiring cumbersome racks well known at the time. This compact size caused it to become a popular system in scientific laboratories. The machine had a now quite strange 12-bit word and four tho...

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Russian advert - pag...

LEMZ
Agat

 
Brazilian advert (19...

CCE
MC 1000

 
US advert, August 19...

ATT
PC 6300

 
Ohio brochure

OHIO SCIENTIFIC
CHALLENGER III

 
U.K. ad. 1989

ATARI
520 / 1040 STf / STfm

 
First U.S. advert (1...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
Silex documentation

LEANORD
Silex

 
German Lifleat

SHARP
MZ 80B

 
UK advert (Nov. 1980...

ACORN COMPUTER
ATOM

 
Advert (1980)

ROCKWELL
AIM 65

 
German leaflet #2

SHARP
MZ-3500

 
US advert, July 1985

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS-80 Model 200

 
Advert

APPLE
APPLE III

 
French ad (dec.1983)

TELEVIDEO
TS-803

 
MITS brochure #2

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
French advert #1

INDATA
DAI

 
French advert (1981)

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
U.S. advert (1982)

LNW RESEARCH
LNW-80

 
Advert #2

PRAVETZ
IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82

 
Baked Apple

APPLE
APPLE II+

 
First ad.

TELCON INDUSTRIES
Zorba

 
French advert (1982)

MICRONIQUE
Victor Lambda

 
1978 brochure #9

MSI
6800

 
U.S. advert (1980)

INTERTEC
SUPERBRAIN

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Frédéric
12/12/2018
AMSTRAD  CPC 5512
If I remember correctly, the aim of the joke was to tell Amstrad not letting their users down and to push them making a better machine. The disclaimer about the article being a joke was (said to be) forgotten/lost in the final layout, and got published the week after as en erratum.

This satiric newspaper was mostly source-code oriented (typos included !) and the news part contained lots of provocations towards computer firms (along with random dark/absurd humor illustrations) which made them go to court quite often.
They also ran a weekly programming challenge ("Les deulignes" meaning the twolines) praising short theme-free programs (utility, joke, fun, tips) which respected the rule of being programmed in BASIC and were 2 lines long. Lines could contain several statements.

An example of joke-program featured that I remember :
10 cls : print "How to keep an idiot busy for hours ?" : print "Press any key to figure out..."
20 while inkey$$"" : wend : goto 10

Donald Woo
11/28/2018
PHILIPS  P3000
Worked with the founder (Steve Dorsey) in Montreal assembling Micom 2000 in 1978 (or 1979 ?) and transfer to Ottawa servicing Micom 2000 to P3000 and The Swift was a portable unit (like a laptop). Yes, we had Qume Printer, Tec Printer, Diablo printer and a laser printer. We also had OCR and 1200B communication modem talking to the outside world plus connected two (2) Micom together with a null modem cable. P5020 was a European version of the P3000 of the North American version, it brings back lots of old memory.

Yubert
11/27/2018
DATAPOINT CORPORATION Datapoint 2200
Nice to find this forum on Datapoint. Datapoint was my first job out of college. I worked in the Los Angeles office and was in the college newhire program. The newhire program lasted ~9 months, we spent 3 weeks in San Antonio for technical and sales training, then 3 months back in our field office. This 3 week/3 mth cycle repeated two more times. I supported customers like See''s Candies/Bluechip Stamps, Home Savings, Western Oil $ Gas and Korn Ferry. I joined Datapoint in 1982 and left after ~2 years. I recall there was a new language, DASL and a new OS called RMS, both were very advanced for the time. Datapoint sure was innovative with ARCnet, Lightlink, and all those mainframe emulators. Datapoint sure was fun and a great entry into the Computer Industry.

mabel Williams
11/9/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
ATM CARD
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11/5/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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