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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 (...

Almost nothing is known about this rare japanese system... Apparently its was first marketed as the System Formulet Bubcom 80, then bought back by Fujitsu and sold as the Fujitsu Bubcom 80. Originaly it was a CP/M machine which used Fujitsu magnetic bubble memory. It had filesystem support for the bubble memory cartridge right in the CP/M BIOS. It seems also to have been one of the first japanese system to offer 8 colors display and is considered at the origin of the popular
KAYPRO Kaypro 2x
The Kaypro 2x was one of the last models Kaypro produced. Size and appearence were the same as the first Kaypro II, but Internal hardware was inspired by the Kaypro 10. It came with a 4 MHz Z80A processor, dual slimline 400 KB floppy drives, a built-in 300 baud modem, two serial ports and a full set of Micropro software (WordStar, CalcStar, DataStar) It is said that Arthur C. Clarke worked in the movie version of "201...
In the early 90s the DEC 4000 model 710 AXP was a member of the DEC 4000 AXP family aka "cobra" (including the model 610, 620, 710, 720) which was based on the Digital's Alpha AXP architecture and the IEEE's Futurebus+ profile B standard. This family was the output of an initiation in Digital to built the industry's most cost-effective and highest-performance departmental server computing system. To achive this goal Digital changed over from VAX CISC to Alpha AXP RISC architecture, and...
NEC  PC 8801 FA
The Nec PC-8801FA replaced the PC-88FH. This machine had really powerful sound functions. 6 FM channels could be separated into left and right. User could thus enjoy stereo sound through headphones or external speakers. ADPCM could change sound's frequency dynamically. 256 KB of RAM were provided as sound memory buffer. It was larger than main memory. N88 BASIC offered extended function for controlling these sound features, but not enough. Some of them couldn't be used with BASIC. Th...
This is a very compact MSX-1 computer, it was meant to be portable... It has only 16k of RAM....
SYMAG INFORMATIQUE Micromachine 2000 et 3000
Little is known about these obscure french systems. The Micromachine 2000 could be used in mono or multi-user configuration. There were followed by the 16-bit Micromachine 4000....
This is quite a rare computer ! It was conceived by a dutch company called AVT Electronics. AVT is short for Alex van Tienhoven, then the owner of the company. This computer was made in Korea as per AVT's design... This obscure system is Apple II compatible (hardware & software), hence the "Comp2" name. The system is composed of a separate keyboard and a big case housing two 5''1/4 disk-drives, the mainboard and 8 expansion slots. Seven of these slots are Apple compatible and the last one ...
As the Sinclair ZX-81, the Alice was clearly marketed as an initiation machine. In 1981, Matra signed a deal with Tandy/RadioShack to develop a MC-10 clone for 1983 : the Alice. Matra then worked with Hachette (both were owned by the LagardŔre group) to produce the documentation and to organize the distribution. Last but not least, the well known and excellent french illustrator Moebius drew a beautiful illustration for the doc...
COMPAQ Portable 386
Apart from the Compaq logo, the Compaq Portable 386 was externally identical to the Portable III, but the inside was a true revolution in the portable computers field of the time. Its Intel 386-20 processor offered more speed, power and capabilities than ever before. About the Portable 386, PC Magazine said in its review: Its the hottest thing you can pick up with a handle. At 20 MHz, it outperforms everything else on the market but its deskbound sibling ...
The MO-5 was presented alongside the TO 7/70, in march 1984. While the TO-7/70 follows and enhances the TO-7 philosophy, the MO-5 is more a cut-down version of the TO-7/70. The idea was to design a coherent french home computer, able to compete with such systems as the ZX Spectrum or the Commodore 64. The case of the MO-5 is elegant with its anthracit colour and pl...

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Italian advert

Lemon II

U.S. ad (1982)

Serie 5

1978 brochure #10


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MZ 800 - MZ 1500

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BBC Master Compact

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Portable Wordprocessor WP-2 / WP-3

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Nascom 3

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ABC 20

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Microbee 128

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System 8813

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LASER 3000

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Business Computer


Robyn Hibbert
I have an Amstrad Portable PPC512/640 One of the original laptops I think, in perfect condition with all accessories including the user instruction book, does anyone know anything about, is it worth anything ?

Robyn Hibbert
I have an Amstrad Portable PPC512/640 One of the original laptops I think, in perfect condition with all accessories including the user instruction book, does anyone know anything about, is it worth anything ?

When first launched, the Athena I had an unusual but interesting dual-processor design using NSC-800 CPUs, a low-power version of the Zilog Z80. What’s more, it used solid-state storage in the form of fast dynamic RAM. It was a powerful system, but its small LCD and external floppy drive limited its usefulness. In 1983, the company switched to a single low-power Intel 80C86 CPU, the first computer to do so, and offered MS-DOS along with CP/M.

Athena I (1983, transportable)
Original Retail Price: $3,250 to $4,950
Base Configuration: dual 2.5MHz NSC-800 CPUs, CP/M 2.2, 68K RAM, 6K ROM, external 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 128K (1MB max) solid state storage, monochrome LCD, keyboard, two RS-232 and one parallel port, JRT Pascal, owner’s and software manuals, battery pack, AC adapter
Video: 4-line x 80-column text
Size/Weight: 3.37 x 11/87 x 14.5 inches, 15 lbs.
Important Options: 12-inch monochrome monitor

Richard Vermeulen
Hoi Jac Senior, ik lees zojuist pas je vraag. een beetje laat, maar evengoed. Af en toe staan er Toshiba T3100/T3200 en T5100/T5200 op marktplaats. Gewoon marktplaats in de gaten houden. Ik dacht eerst dat het zelfdzame machines waren, maar dat blijkt wel mee te vallen. Gemiddeld staat er elke week wel een op marktplaats dus. Ik weet niet of je ondertussen al voorzien bent.

Dale Wilson
HEATHKIT / ZENITH  Z-100/110/120
One of the best things about the Heath/Zenith computers was the technical documentation. Because they published schematics of their design I was able to get the tech sheets for the chips they used and use that to determine exactly how the graphics in the Z100 worked.

Using that information I wrote Palette so I could take full advantage of their design which was far ahead of any other computer at the time. Although Zenith claimed 640 x 200, 8 color graphics, you could reprogram the chip to run 640 x 400 which worked just fine as long as your monitor could handle it.

It was truly sad to see the IBM PC win the marketing war.

Kwabena A. A. Mensah

I''m nursing feelings of nostalgia for the ABS MX mini, the first computer I worked on. I''d be interested to hear from anyone who built or used this machine.

In January 1986, I joined TC Coombs $ Co., a London stockbroker. The business depended on a pair of MXs - lovingly named System A and System B - running the "Simple 7" combined operating system and programming language, and an equity trade accounting package written by ABS.

ABS had ceased supporting the machines, and there was no documentation on either the hardware or the software other than on-screen prompts, a directory of reports (cryptically titled Z1 to about Z100), and source code listings for the handful of modules that were run regularly.

Initially my job was to disassemble the main trade data capture and contract note printing module, working forward from the eighty pages of source code and backward from the contract note.

Once I''d got the hang of Simple 7, I extended the application by coding an aged debtors module, which made me popular with the Finance Director and earned me a big pay raise.

The ABS systems were replaced between June and December 1986 with a MicroVAX cluster running the Ingres RDBMS under VMS. Over the succeeding eighteen months, we developed a custom accounting and settlement application on the new platform.

I left the firm in January 1990 and it went bust a year later. The ABS MXs and Simple 7 were already a distant memory then and I''ve always wondered what became of my first computer love.

I have a TATUNG TPC-2000 and I want to sell it.
Is there anyone who enderested to ?

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