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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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ORIC ORIC 1
This British computer was one of the most popular computers in Europe in the beginning of the 80's. It was a small computer, which was a competitor of the Sinclair Spectrum. The two models (16 and 48) had the same technical characteristics. A small plotter was available for this computer. Notice that the sound chip was the same one used in the Amstrad CPC, MSX computers and
TOMY  Tutor / Pyuuta
This computer was partially compatible with the Texas Instuments TI 99/4A. It had almost the same characteristics, except its main CPU (TMS 9995 instead of the TMS 9900 for the TI 99/4A). The two languages (GBASIC and Tomy Basic) were only available in UK and US computers. The Japanese computers didn't have the Tomy Basic (a TI-like Basic), but a "nihongo basic" using japanese characters and words, e.g. "kake" meant "print", "moshi-naraba" meant "if-then". ...
MICROCOMPUTER ASSOCIATES INC. Jolt
On December 1975, the coveted inside-front-cover of Byte magazine contained a two-page advertisement for "the world's lowest cost computer system". This was perhaps the first non-MOS Technology 6502 based computer system to come to market, behind only the TIM and possibly KIM-1. The computer was named Jolt, and it was marketed by Microcomputer Associates Inc. as both a kit for $249, or fully assembled and tested for $348 (Dec. 197...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1000 TX
The Tandy 1000 TX was similar to the Tandy 1000 in that it had an external keyboard and casing. The difference, however, was the addition of an 80286 CPU on the TX model; otherwise, it was nearly identical to the Tandy 1000, including the odd parallel port edge connector. The TX had a 3.5" drive, with an optional 5.25" drive. It contained hookups for two joysticks in the front along with the keyboard, and included a volume control with a phono input on the fr...
SANYO  PHC-28
This is a classic MSX 1 computer. There were 2 versions : the PHC-28L with 64 KB RAM and the PHC-28S with only 32 KB RAM. There is also a third model labeled PHC-28P with 64 KB, but difference with PHC628L is not known yet (help welcomed). There also seemed to be a 16 KB only model... They had small success in France. It seems that the japanese had a different colored case (cream white)....
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…) ...
NEXT COMPUTERS  NeXT Cube
What a mythical and powerful computer!! When Steve Jobs left Apple, he decided to create the best computer possible ! The result is the NeXT. This prodigious computer impressed a lot of people when it was presented! Its technical features, its object oriented operating system and its graphical interface, even its black case were very far from the standards (remember how many black-cased computers there were in 1988: not many)! And NeXTStep is always considered as a reference. It was sold ...
ICE-FELIX HC-91
The HC-91 is a Romanian ZX-Spectrum clone. Two versions of the HC-91 computer were manufactured by Ice-Felix. The first one used the same case and the same keyboard as the HC-85 with coloured keys for only external difference. This version was also sold with the HC-90 name. The second one featured a new 50 keys keyboard design (picture). Thanks to two small rectractable feet, the keyboard can be tilted. Also, the motherboar...
COMPUMEDIC Analog Computer
In 1971, Compumedic Sciences Incorporated launched this full featured desktop analog computer as a training device. Removable patch-connected modules included differential, summing as well as integrating amplifiers with resistive and capacitive feedback networks and comparators. On top of its training calling, this computer was used as a sound generator in several electronic music Studios. For more information about analog computer capabilities, see the He...
YENO MX-64
This is a classic MSX 1 computer. It was also sold under the Daewoo brand. It's one of the few Korean MSX computers... It has 64 KB RAM... Not much more to say !...

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TANDY RADIO SHACK
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CPC 464

 
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PCC 2000

 
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PET 2001

 
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TI 99 / 4A

 
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Instructor 50

 
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PC 8801

 
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ZX SPECTRUM

 
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   LATEST COMMENTS
J. Gareth Williams
3/26/2015
RESEARCH MACHINES RM-380Z
And I just fell victim to the same quirk as my mentor. The engine presumably strips out the word d r o p, to prevent against embedded S Q L attacks.

J. Gareth Williams
3/26/2015
RESEARCH MACHINES RM-380Z
For anyone not in the know - the Brian Reffin Smith who posted below on Feb 10th, 2015, is the author of an absolutely fantastic children''s book on programming in BASIC. I''ve been trying to get in touch with him for years. So if you read this, Brian, visit my site and $ me a line. I wanted to thank you for bootstrapping me my career. :)

TomTrottier
3/24/2015
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
Ooops, the MCM 70/700 weighed about 20 lbs. Still quite portable in my backpack. See the Wikipedia article.

TomTrottier
3/23/2015
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
The writeup is incorrect to say "The Q1 System remained the world''s only self-contained, general purpose microcomputer system until Intel introduced the 8080 second generation microprocessor. " Since the MCM 70/700 was introduced in 1974 using the 8008, with a plasma display and dual cassette tape drives. The MCM was far more portable, weighing only 4lbs. I may have been the first person to hitchhike with a microcomputer, in the summer of 1974....

tOM Trottier
3/23/2015
MCM COMPUTERS  MCM 70 / 700
I programmed these in APL in the summer of 1974, mainly converting mainframe functions $ workspaces to the MCM/700 environment. I still have some stock certificates....

renales
3/23/2015
SHARP  MZ 2000
i can offer this PC - 200 USD.

David Barradine
3/20/2015
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
I used to repair these machines in the 80''s, happiest days of my life, we used to charge £300 a time to replace the floppy drives, I used to get 10$ bonus on repairs then, I had just got married and bought our first house I made so much money I paid the mortgage off within 5 years, drove around in firms Ford Capri''s which were replaced every two years. Still working in IT but hate the job now, how i wish i could go back to those days.

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