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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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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...
TOSHIBA  T100-X Dynapad
Long before the tablet PC craze of fall 2002, there was the Toshiba T100X Dynapad. The T100X was a "pen-based computer" (This was before the term "tablet PC" existed) which ran on a 25MHz 386 AMD CPU. It shipped with 4MB RAM and had a 40MB hard disk drive for storage. It did not include an internal floppy disk drive, but a separate external floppy disk drive could be purchased. Similar to most modern tablet PCs, the T100X did not have a built-in keyboard, and mouse pointing was done with a st...
HEATHKIT / ZENITH  ET-3400
The Heathkit/Zenith MicroComputer Learning System model ET-3400 was a very popular item designed to teach principles of computers and programming at Universities in the 1970s., and to educate the students of internal computer hardware and software components by self-assembly and programming the machine in pure Hexadecimal language. It was delivered in assembled or Kit form. It also featured a prototype area and could be used as a design aid for developing special interface circuitry with com...
YAMAHA  YIS-503 / Diabolik
This Yamaha computer is specialised in music and sound production. In fact it is a classic MSX 1, but if you bought the special Yamaha synthesizer and piano keyboard, then it was clearly different. You got 48 pre-recorded sounds with a quality really surprising for that time, and as it is real synth, you could change or create you own sounds. The YIS-503 is in fact the same computer as the Yamaha CX5M, but it has not got the SFG-...
MULTITECH  MPF-III/312
After the MPF 2, compatible with the Apple II+, Multitech introduced the MPF3 in 1983 at the Las Vegas CES. It was compatible with the Apple IIe but, like the MPF2, had no real success. The MPF-III was released in two versions. The initial one was the /312 which used PALs and LSTTL logic. Later the /327 version was released and this used MMU and IOU ASIC chips just like the Apple IIe. The /327 ma...
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-75C / 75D
The HP-75C was the first pocket computer ever produced by HP who wanted a pocket book format (10”x 5”) computer as powerful as a desktop. It can also be considered as the first organizer able to deal with a multiple alarms time schedule, to control real time peripherals and to memorize text files. Its 48KB ROM contained a very complete Basic language and a light version of the spreadsheet Visicalc. Three slots allowed adding pre-programmed ROM modules (Maths, finance, word processor…) ...
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...
ACORN COMPUTER  BBC Master Compact
In 1986 the Acorn Business Computer range was long gone, and Olivetti - Acorn's new owners, having been forced to increase their stake from 49 to 80 per cent of the firm - were concentrating on making Acorn more profitable. The case for the 65C816-based Communicator was retained and given a basic box, housing a PSU and disk drive, to make a standard-looking 3-box computer system based around the BBC Master architecture. Also marketed in Europe as the Olivetti Prodest PC 128 S (S fo...
ACORN COMPUTER  Electron
The Acorn Electron is basically a cut-down version of the Acorn BBC-B with which it is partly compatible. After the success of the BBC, Acorn and founder Chris Cury wanted a product to compete with "under Ł200" computers and especially with the Sinclair Spectrum, its main threat. But sadly, Acorn failed to meet the demand for the new system, mainly because of production problems related to the large ...
THOMSON  MO5 E
The Thomson MO5E was first revealed at the "Hannover Messe" (Germany) in april 1985. It was a big suprise for the french press as no-one ever heard of this system before. The MO5E ("E" presumably for Exportation) was reserved for Germany and more generaly for foreign markets. Quite surprising when you know that while Thomson was selling this system to Germans and other countries, French could only buy the first version of the MO5 with rubber keys, external power s...

   RANDOM ADVERTS
U.K. ad (Apr. 86)

THORN EMI
WREN

 
US advert, 1981

FRANKLIN
ACE 100

 
Menta & Softy advert...

DATAMAN DESIGNS
Menta

 
US advert, Jul 1985

AMPERE
WS 1

 
English advert.

PIONEER
Palcom PX-7

 
U.S. advert(1982)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI-55-II

 
Amiga posters

COMMODORE
AMIGA 1000

 
AMtext brochure #2

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
Advert (january 1982...

SMT
Goupil 2

 
German leaflet

SHARP
MZ 80A - MZ 1200

 
Advert

COMMODORE
C64

 
French advert (1984)

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-150

 
First U.S. ad (1982)

BASIS
BASIS 108

 
German advert

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
french advert (febru...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
french advert (may 1...

COMMODORE
PET 30xx

 
Japanese advert (198...

SONY
Hit-Bit 55

 
First ad.

TELCON INDUSTRIES
Zorba

 
US advert (1982)

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION
DECMATE II

 
U.S. ad #2 (1982)

NORTHSTAR
Advantage

 
QL monitor ad.

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
1st. U.S. advert #1

EPSON
QX 10

 
French advert (1979)

PROTEUS INTERNATIONAL
Proteus III

 
8-page US advert #1

COMPAQ
Portable III

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
rosie duff
8/22/2017
AXEL  AX-20
whne I was younger my father had bought me one of these as a award for cleaning the kitchen (I know good award) but it was actually very efficient.

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8/21/2017
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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8/20/2017
SCIENCE FAIR Microcomputer Trainer
The first year this appeared in any Radio Shack catalog was 1985. It shows "New for ''85" in its description.

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1985/hr155.html

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
INTERSYSTEMS DPS-1
In my post below, I didn''t finish a sentence.

The company I worked for sold Ithaca Intersystems computers with the usual trusty Televideo terminals, with the monochrome monitors.

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
INTERSYSTEMS DPS-1
Interesting that the guy who started the company added a comment!

In about 1980 or so I went to work for a small computer sales and service company in Oklahoma as the Service Manager. We sold Ithaca Intersystems computers to small businesses and court reporters$ most of our customers had two 8-inch floppy drives and ran C/PM (I think?). Some had Z-80A processors, and later the CPU cards had Z-80B CPUs which could utilize more RAM. Software was the Peachtree accounting software and Wordstar. To copy a file or create a directory, you had to use a program called "PIP" (Peripheral Interface Protocol or something like that), I seem to remember, instead of just a cp command. I had this fabulous system with the front lights and switches. The ones our customers got were plain looking. Wish I could remember more about the models. I can still see the S-100 bus, and those cards sitting into it, though.

There were the usual Televideo monochrome monitor

Besides the Intersystems sales and support, my assistant and I maintained all the ScanData cash register systems for Hardee''s restaurants in the state. Oh, that could be a nightmare.

Those big old 8-inch floppy drives with the Intersystems had to be realigned and serviced every few months, or the stepper motor and head would be unable to read previously formatted floppies! That was a pain in the rear, taking a loaner drive to a customer, making sure it could read their disks, then dragging their drive housing back to the company to use an oscilloscope and special alignment disk to tune it up. It was a mess if their disks couldn''t be read, but none of my customers ever lost their data. I remember how exciting it was when we got the first Winchester (I think) hard drive. Wish I could remember its capacity!

The company I worked for also sold Diablo daisy wheel printers, the 620 and 630 models, to go with the Intersystems computer. Those things were workhorses! The court reporters printed so much stuff on the Disaperf perforated continuous paper that they pounded the heck out of those 630s and they just kept on printing. I think I soldered hundreds of RS-232 connectors, making printer cables for those printers. Pin 2 was transmit, I think, pin 3 was receive, and pin 7 (or 20?) was ground. In those days, purchased computer cables were too expensive, and/or didn''t work with your system, so you had to make a custom one, anyway.

One of the people at Intersystems told me that Carl Sagan used an Ithaca Intersystems computer and Wordstar to write Cosmos.

Later our company went broke due to mismanagement by the CEO and Sales Manager, and I bought one of the systems and ran my own word processing business for awhile, and also serviced the computers for the previous customers for a few years on the side, til they got new IBM PCs. Wish I had kept that computer, the first one I owned.

Loretta M.
8/18/2017
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A
In September, 1979, I went to work at Texas Instruments in Lubbock, Texas, where the TI-99/4 and 99/4A was mostly manufactured. I was an electronic technician and did soldering and wire-wrap on prototypes in development, mostly software cartridges and add-on devices, as well as worked in testing, repair, burn-in (each new system was left on for several days, I think it was, then re-tested). And I helped train people on the assembly line. I did the wire-wrap prototype version of the speech synthesizer module$ a female engineer designed it$her name escapes me at the moment. .That speech synthesizer was a big deal for its time. She and I were the only two women in that module (and most of the rest of TI) who weren''t assembly line workers

Even though I worked on those computers, I could not afford to buy one for myself! Lordy, they were about $1,700 with all the extras such as the cassette tape drive, if I remember correctly, a fortune back then. But I did have a system at work to use! Much different than programming in FORTRAN on a mainframe!

In those days, another "module" or modular building at TI actually repaired people''s broken calculators and mailed them back to the user. Imagine that.

TI had these automated mail robots that followed a special painted line on the floor, in and out of modules and up and down the big hallway. We used to put stuff in front of them to see what would stop them and what wouldn''t. For 1979, it all was very futuristic to me.

Later, I moved to the Front End module to make more money, where I ran a boron/phosphorus ion implant machine, one of the several hundred processes in creating semiconductor chips. The implant machines were these huge particle accelerators that were the crankiest machines I ever worked with. The chips have multiple layers, and these machines placed a positive or negative charge on the unmasked areas of a chip''s layer. We made the first 256k memory chips there! Then I went back to college after I made enough money, and left TI and Lubbock, which were both good to me.

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8/17/2017
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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