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- There are now 992 computers in the museum -

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...
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....
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...
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...
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....
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 (...

TADEO CZERWENY "CZ" is a an electromechanical company, which was founded by Tadeo Czerweny in September 1958. It is located in Parana, Entre Rios province, in Argentina. The company made transformers, electric motors, etc. In the 80┤s Czerweny marketed the Timex Sinclair┤s models, under its own name. The CZ-1000 is thus a rebadged Timex Sinclair 1000, which is itself a Sinclair ZX-81 with 2 KB RAM. In Argentina Czerweny mod...
The Model 16 was the same as a Model 12 with the 68000 add-on. It was launched a few time after the Tandy TRS 80 model IV. The Z80 processor was used for I/O. Up to four hard disks could be connected (8.4 mb each). It was compatible with the Tandy TRS 80 model II thanks to the Z80 and could run the Model II operating system. This 68000 chip set and associated memory were much more than a speed ...
Due to lack of interest in marketing of MSX-machines and growing interest in game consoles and powerful PC alike computers (for word processing purposes mainly), companies were not so enthusiastic about creating a new MSX-machine. The biggest software supporters of MSX deserted to Nintendo and other computers/game machines. Sony chose to make their own game console as well ASCII in cooperation with Yamaha and Panasonic created the 3DO (Three Dimensional Objects) game console. This system is ...
The Superboard II, also called Model 600, was quite the same board as the british clone Compukit UK-101. It came in only ready built version and did not featured neither power regulation on board - User had to build or buy a 5V external power supply - nor RF modulator to display on a standard TV, but only a composite video output. A 40 pin IC socket allowed an expansion board and OSI bus to be connected, giving access to memory expansion (up to 64 KB...
The BT Merlin M4000 is a very obscure computer from the mid 1980s. It is allegedly based on the Logica Kennett, and should not be confused with the BT Merlin Tonto which is a rebadged ICL OPD. The exact application of M4000 is unknown, but it was almost certainly developed for internal use by BT and never sold on the open market. It could have been used in conjunction with System X telephone exchanges. ________
SMT  Goupil 3
Like its little brothers Goupil and Goupil 2, the Goupil 3 is based on a back-plane architecture. You get the computer you want by adding different electronic boards. Thus Goupil 3 can be a tri-processor system: Motorola 6809 like its little brothers, Zilog Z80 for CP/M compatibility and Intel 8088 to match the emerging "IBM PC/MS-DOS" movement. The processors don't work simultaneously but can use a time sharing mechanism. Like the
The X68000 16 is the successor of the X68000 Super and Super HD. It has new features : 16 MHz instead of 10 MHz (though it can still operate at 10 Mhz) and a new version of the Operating system and its GUI....
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 (...
In 1963, engineers at the Institut fŘr Maschinelle Rechentechnik (institute for machine computation technology) in Dresden, GDR (ex-Eastern Germany) finished the D4a. The D4a had been developed on the basis of the Kleinrechenautomat Dresden 1 (D1) from 1956. The system was then manufactured by the VEB BŘromaschinenwerk Zella-Mehlis in three versions, under the name Cellatron 8201, 8205, and 8295 Z. About 3000 exemplars were produced. The D4a is se...
This MSX system has only 8 KB and one cartridge slot, the minimum required by the MSX standard. It is the first MSX computer conceived by Casio and was marketed as an initiation machine. Thankfully an expansion unit (KB-7) was available and added two cartridge slots and more memory (8 + 8 = 16 KB) to the PV-7. There was a small drawing program in ROM. The chicklet keyboard is very poor and to small to do anything with it. There are big arrow keys on the right hand side of the keyboard arra...

U.S. advert (1978)

System 8813

U.K. ad. 1984

600 / 800 XL

U.S. advert (1982)


Sord brochure #1


Last sales

Dragon 64

U.K. ad. (Aug. 86)

CPC 6128

VC20 German advert

VIC 20

Apple Logo (1982)


US advert (1987)

1400 LT/FD/HD

TEI brochure cover

Terminal Processor

French ad (july 1983...

Jupiter Ace

Advert (june 1982)

Goupil 2

Strapping man!


Nice ad (1983)

PC 6001

First advert

Programma P101/P102

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French picture (apri...

MZ 800 - MZ 1500

U.S. advert (1983)

QX 10

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US advert, Feb 1982


Charlie Chaplin #5

PC - Model 5150

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Ken Rubin
Anyone need images of the J100 and J500 Datapro awards? I still have pretty much a full set of framed awards.

PSION MC 200 / 400 / 600
One for sell on ebay here:

I''ve just found one of these in amongst a load of rubbish complete with 8 inch disk drive!!!. I''t''s still got a few issues, such as the fact it trips the mains from time to time and the keyboard is unresponsive as yet, but I''ve got the massive disk drive up and running again and hope to fix the other parts with some advice. I have videos of the restoration on my YouTube channel, RetroGamerVX

SHARP  PC-1500 / PC-1500A
Can anyone tell me how to reset a 1500a? Thank you~

I worked in a real estate office in the late 70''s early 80''s and we used the Olivetti A5 for trusting accounting. Each tenant had a card with a narrow magnetic strip and each owner had one as well. To receive the rent you would take their ledger card and wrap a receipt around the ledger card and $ it into the machine and then you would input the last 2 digit number and then $ the magnet card into the slot and then put the amount of rent etc and then it would print out your receipt and update the magnetic card. At the end of the month doing the landlord statements you would $ the blank owner statement and their magnetic card which would fill in their details and then you would put each tenants card through to add onto the owners statement. Thinking back it was time consuming and took a couple of days as we had a large rent roll and it would print out the ledgers as well and you had to add them manually to balance your trust a/c. Remember it being very noisy the constant golf ball tapping away. Certainly is a lot easier all done in an hour or two.

Will never forget the smell of that brand new VIC20 wrapped in plastic, unpacking and setting it up.... hooking it up to the TV.... very first computer I ever owned as a kid. It was exciting and cool.

Many people have posted disappointment in not getting a better computer, say for Xmas. There was no disappointment.... no stigma I can remember. As there always kind of was with the Atari 2600, since we all went to the quarter arcades and could clearly see the chumpy gaming. But nobody had a computer at all at home I knew, there was nothing to compare it to.
Sure there were Apples.... but who could afford one and you''d only rarely see one at a school. Plus they were boring and colorless mostly as far as I saw.

The VIC20 took you right in... it responded, made colors and sounds, you could write little programs and see them them on tape for later.... even carefully type in laborous lines of code out of magazines and then let them spin to see what they do. It was just fun. Of course eventually everyone wanted a C64 and a disc drive....and yeah I finally got one too. And then eventually you dreamed of the 128, lol. But with the lower costs for Commodore stuff it was a realistic goal for most people.

You could get tons of free software too. Man what a piracy racket with the C64... all of the codebreakers were proud of their work and had their own intros ha.

Iliya Kovac
ACT Apricot PC
My first ever contract was with Apricot Computers in Birmingham in the R/D, England. I wrote all the test software for their computers (except the hard drive).

Apricot PC/Xi, F1 and another one I can''t remember.

The software tested the computers and did burn-in test in production. I wrote an O/S that loaded the programs and ran them. Even did a simple GUI menu. After a few months I went down to manufacturing and saw my program running on loads of computers. So satisfying.

The S/W development team was really looked after. Even had own lunches cooked to order and eat them at the computers while still working. We were paid to work during meals!

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