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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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SHARP  MZ 40K
MZ-40K was an ancestor of the Sharp MZ computers series. It was a single-board microcomputer in a plastic covered box. Sharp called it "Dr. Microcomputer (MAIKON HAKASE)". It was designed as a consumer electrical appliance and sold as a toy or a training tool for the first microcomputers fans. The MZ-40K had a built-in speaker and could play music automatically or become an organ, using the monitor keys. Software was included into the 4-bit CPU ROM and users could run several basic applicatio...
DICK SMITH VZ200
The Dick Smith VZ-200 and VZ-300 were very popular in Australia and New Zealand from 1983 to 1990. The VZ200 was the same model as the VTech Laser 200. Despite of its poor chicklet keyboard and short RAM space, users could find hundreds of programs from local magazines, Dick Smith store or from several very active VZ user clubs. Several peripherals and add-on were quickly available, among them, a 16 KB RAM plug-in module, a tape recorder, a mouse, a Speech ...
FUJITSU  FM 77 Level 2
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SHARP  X1 Turbo Z III
The X1 Turbo Z III is the successor of the X1 Turbo Z and ZII. The 8bit CPU (Z80) has reached its limits here. Like the X1 Turbo Z II, the Z III is VCCI compliant (electromagnetic emissions control) and has 128 KB RAM as standard, but does not have any remote connector for data recorder. Otherwise it is identical to the Z II. The most famous and strong point of X1 series is the Programmable Charactor Generator(PCG). The languages available were Hu-basic ...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1400 LT/FD/HD
This nice little laptop is one of the first real IBM PC compatible laptops featuring large LCD display (80x25 here) and true compatibility. This machine has two 720KB Floppy drives (and no hard drive). It boots from one floppy drive (DOS) while the 2nd floppy is used for data and programs you may wish to run. It has a NEC V20 8-bit processor which is switchable between 7.16 MHz and 4.77 MHz. It also has a CGA backlit LCD screen (monochrome), optional built in modem (1200 baud), math coproc...
MATSUSHITA  National JR 100
The National (also known as Panasonic or Matsushita in other countries) JR series was pretty popular in Japan. Small quantities were sold outside Japan, in New Zeland among other countries. Little is known about the first system of the range (please help!). It was obviously an initiation machine with black & white display and rubber keyboard. The JR 100 was followed by the JR 200. Thanks to Murray Moffatt from New Zeland for most of the informatio...
SHARP  PC-1250 PC-1251
With the PC-1251, Sharp started off their product range of really tiny pocket computers. It was the third original design after the PC-121x and PC-1500 series. Contrary to its predecessors, it was really pocket sized, measuring only 135 x 70 x 9.5 mm. Nevertheless, it featured a 24 character display, and with 4 KB RAM it even outclassed the PC-1500 basic version. The major drawback of the new design was that the tiny keys a...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  Color Computer 3
The "TANDY Color Computer 3" followed the Color Computer 2. The CoCo3 came with 128K RAM, an analog RGB video port, enhanced 640x192 graphics capability, a 64-color palette and much more. (All ports contained on the CoCo 1 and 2 models were also available on the CoCo3, e.g. RS-232 serial, cassette, right and left joystick and a 40-pin expansion slot.) The built-in Language, named Disk Extended Color Basic 2.1, was a Microsoft BASIC with enhancements by Mic...
RCA Cosmac Microtutor
The Microtutor, manufactured in 1976, was used to educate engineers and others on how to program microprocessors. The unit is fully self-contained with the exception of the 9-volt power converter which plugs into the back of the unit. A clear plexiglass bottom allows the user to see all of the soldering done on the underside of the main board. The chips are all labelled both on the chip and on the board itself. There are three slots in the back labelled M,P,E. The M slot (M for Memory) allows...
MERLIN Tonto
The Tonto was the same model as the ICL OPD and the Telcom ComputerPhone which was intended for Australian market. Like the ICL version, the Tonto was sold only in the U.K. It was born thanks to a collaborative venture between British Telecom, ICL and Sinclair Research. The designers idea was to build a centralized desktop information system able to access online services, mainframes and other similar systems through the British Telecom network. It was ...

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U.S. advert (1982)

QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS
QDP-100

 
French advert (1984)

OLIVETTI
M24

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

SORD
M203 Mark II

 
Flyer

PEL VARAZDIN
Orao

 
UK advert Oct. 1983

EPSON
HC / HX-20

 
UK advert (1984)

COMMODORE
SX/DX 64 - Executive computer

 
OEMs Wanted

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
ACS-580

 
Advert #4

ATARI
800

 
Isaac Asimov Feb. 19...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL II

 
Promotional picture

TIMEX / SINCLAIR
2068

 
Bridge Computer vers...

INTERSYSTEMS
DPS-1

 
1978 brochure #17

MSI
6800

 
homo-computerus

HOLBORN
9100

 
Jacquard brochure #1

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
French ad (sept. 198...

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
1978 brochure #18

MSI
6800

 
Tandy 1988 catalog

TANDY RADIO SHACK
1000 EX

 
french advert (april...

NEC
PC 8001

 
French ad (dec. 1983...

SELCOM
Lemon II

 
French advert

ACT
Apricot F2 / F10

 
French advert (1980)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 PC-1

 
Popular Electronics

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
U.S. advert (1982)

NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
US advert Apr. 1982

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL III

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Frédéric
12/12/2018
AMSTRAD  CPC 5512
If I remember correctly, the aim of the joke was to tell Amstrad not letting their users down and to push them making a better machine. The disclaimer about the article being a joke was (said to be) forgotten/lost in the final layout, and got published the week after as en erratum.

This satiric newspaper was mostly source-code oriented (typos included !) and the news part contained lots of provocations towards computer firms (along with random dark/absurd humor illustrations) which made them go to court quite often.
They also ran a weekly programming challenge ("Les deulignes" meaning the twolines) praising short theme-free programs (utility, joke, fun, tips) which respected the rule of being programmed in BASIC and were 2 lines long. Lines could contain several statements.

An example of joke-program featured that I remember :
10 cls : print "How to keep an idiot busy for hours ?" : print "Press any key to figure out..."
20 while inkey$$"" : wend : goto 10

Donald Woo
11/28/2018
PHILIPS  P3000
Worked with the founder (Steve Dorsey) in Montreal assembling Micom 2000 in 1978 (or 1979 ?) and transfer to Ottawa servicing Micom 2000 to P3000 and The Swift was a portable unit (like a laptop). Yes, we had Qume Printer, Tec Printer, Diablo printer and a laser printer. We also had OCR and 1200B communication modem talking to the outside world plus connected two (2) Micom together with a null modem cable. P5020 was a European version of the P3000 of the North American version, it brings back lots of old memory.

Yubert
11/27/2018
DATAPOINT CORPORATION Datapoint 2200
Nice to find this forum on Datapoint. Datapoint was my first job out of college. I worked in the Los Angeles office and was in the college newhire program. The newhire program lasted ~9 months, we spent 3 weeks in San Antonio for technical and sales training, then 3 months back in our field office. This 3 week/3 mth cycle repeated two more times. I supported customers like See''s Candies/Bluechip Stamps, Home Savings, Western Oil $ Gas and Korn Ferry. I joined Datapoint in 1982 and left after ~2 years. I recall there was a new language, DASL and a new OS called RMS, both were very advanced for the time. Datapoint sure was innovative with ARCnet, Lightlink, and all those mainframe emulators. Datapoint sure was fun and a great entry into the Computer Industry.

mabel Williams
11/9/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
ATM CARD
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11/5/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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