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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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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TRANSAM Tuscan S-100
Transam was based in London and have moved on from their original business as a manufacturer of cheap hobby-type boards to computers design in 1982. The main unit of the Tuscan computer had a ten-slot S-100 backplane and integral single or dual floppy disk drives. The system came with a CPU board based around the Z80 processor, a video board with composite and UHF TV video outputs, and a memory board holding 8 KB of RAM and 8 KB of Monitor ROM. Several additional board could expand the sy...
EXELVISION  Exeltel
In 1986, as the micro-computer market was getting ill, some french manufacturers thought that Telematic was the solution. Oric with the Telestrat, Thomson with the TO-9+ and Exelvision with the Exeltel proposed computers with built-in modems and teletext features. The Exeltel was surely the most innovative of these three systems. It's a "super Minitel" wich can also be used as an answering machine, or can be your children teac...
FUJITSU  FM 77 AV SX
The FM-77AV40SX was the last FM-77 series machine, Audio-Visual expansion of FM-77AV40EX. About this computer, Nomura Hisayuki adds: Some people said FM77AV40SX was the ultimate 8 bit computer. (Other people said that Hitachi S1 was this one.) Its video-functions were remarkable. - displays TV programs on it's video monitor, - TV control from the keyboard, - TV screen capture, - displays subtitles on TV. These functions were realized in the 80s! 260,000 c...
COMMODORE  Amiga 600HD
The Amiga 600HD is exactly the same as the standard A600 with the exception of a built-in 2.5" hard drive, hence the HD tag. A number of different packages were available with hard drive sizes ranging from 20 to 80 MB....
XEROX  820
The Model 820 is an attempt from Rank Xerox to enter the professional micro-computer market. But the 820 is a bit weak with its Z80 at only 2,5 Mhz and its 96kb 5''1/4 disk-drives (83k formated). Fortunately higher capacity 8'' disk-drives were also available (300 kb each). Apparently a 10Mb hard-disk was also proposed. The communication was focused on the fact that the Xerox 820 could suit to a lot of professions, and indeed, thanks to its CP/M compatibility a lot of different software was a...
ATARI  1450 XLD
The Atari 1450 XLD has the same characteristics as the Atari 1400 XL. Like the 1400 XL, it has a built-in modem (Bell 103 compatible, 300 baud) and the speech synthesiser chip (SC-02). Contrary to the other Atari, it uses a parallel disk drive controller (a much faster arrangement) instead of the SIO interface. Apparently The 1450 was not released because they were having problems getting the parallel disk drive controller to work properly....
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...
NEC  PC 6001
The NEC PC 6001 is the first member of the great NEC PC family. During the 80's and the beginning of the 90's, the big Japanese electronics companies launched several series of computers, they were very powerful and had great features (some of them were costly options or totally non-existent on European or American computers at the time), the FM series from Fujitsu, the JR series from Matsushita (Panasonic), the
TIMEX / SINCLAIR 1000
This is the US version of the Sinclair ZX-81 marketed by Timex. The main difference is that the TS 1000 has 2 KB RAM instead of the 1 KB RAM of the original ZX-81. See the ZX-81 pages for more info......
TELEVIDEO  TS-802
In 1982, Télévidéo was one of the first companies selling passive video terminals. These devices were used as monitors/keyboards for mainframes. Their major competitor was Digital and its VT100 terminal, which became the reference model and was later on copied by several companies. The same year, Digital and Televideo had the same idea: to convert their video terminal into a business computer. The digital solution was called the VT-180. Televideo offered thei...

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First SDK-85 ad

INTEL
SDK-85

 
U.S. ad (1982)

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Serie 5

 
French ad

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
ACS-586 / 686

 
Aborted advert

IMSAI
8048

 
Software catalogue

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
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APPLE
APPLE II

 
64 bits in 1983?

INDEPENDANT BUSINESS SYSTEMS
BetaSystem

 
UK brochure #2

COMMODORE
CBM 700 Series

 
Geneva ad, Nov. 1985

EPSON
PX 8 / HC-88 / Geneva

 
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ITT
3030

 
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SMT
Goupil 3

 
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IBM
PC Junior

 
German leaflet

SHARP
MZ 80A - MZ 1200

 
French advert (1980)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
UK brochure #1

COMMODORE
CBM 700 Series

 
New Zealand Review

SEMI-TECH
Pied Piper

 
U.S. advert (1979)

INTERSYSTEMS
DPS-1

 
Comparison chart

PANASONIC
JD series

 
US advert, September...

VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 3000

 
Same in German

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Serie 5

 
English leaflet

ACORN COMPUTER
Archimedes A5000

 
Advert #1

PEERLESS
150

 
Charlie Chaplin #1

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
U.S. advert (1979)

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
ACS-8000

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
sean
10/22/2014
AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS J100 - J500
I worked on the Manafacture of the M55

Mark Murray
10/22/2014
SHARP  PC-1500 / PC-1500A
I am a Land Surveyor and have been using the Sharp PC1500A for field calculations since 1982. My last one has finally failed an I urgently need another with the 16K extended memory module if possible Please email me if you can help.

Steve Johnson
10/21/2014
CAMBRIDGE COMPUTERS Z 88
With undead batteries, my Z88 still boots and always returns memories of pre-world wide web days, when text still ruled the world (and the internet). As someone who also owned and used the Radioshack models 100 and 102 and equivalent NEC 8241 laptop , I appreciated the additional memory and the wide display screen. The optionally quiet keyboard was great for taking notes in meetings. The machine was relatively fragile. And, when using accessories such as the cassette tape interface, the Z88 provided a feature by then little used in personal computers. The Z88 bulletin boards and community were also a delight. I have never been tempted to sell or recycle the Z88. I still have the eprom eraser and all the manuals.

Nick
10/21/2014
GRUNDY  NEW BRAIN
My first real computer!

Dylan Smith
10/21/2014
ACT Apricot F1
We had one at our school. It was very nicely made and came with a small but good quality colour screen, and a pretty innovative design. I remember rigging up a serial cable and bodging together some code to transfer images from a friend''s Amiga 500 to the Apricot. However, it was hugely let down by being one of those "yes it runs MS-DOS but no it''s not IBM compatible" machines which made it more or less pointless. MS-DOS even back in the day was awful and the only reason for running it would be IBM compatibility

Craig
10/20/2014
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS-80 Model 200
I''ve got a Tandy 200 Portable Computer with original Tandy Portable Disk Drive and original Tandy Computer Cassette Recorder (CCR-82). There also seems to be something called LapDos by Travelling Software for the Disk Drive. Also a bunch of manuals and magazines.

Photos at:
https://plus.google.com/photos/106516834062154384149/albums/6072410202411582033?authkey$CNCTmoP5k5v38QE

If interested, email me at: cscratchley (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Robert Fogden
10/19/2014
RAIR MICROCOMPUTER Black Box
Sorry, Claire

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