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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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PANASONIC FS A1 GT
This system is a MSX Turbo R. It is one of the last MSX computer ever made. It is the successor of the MSX 2+ systems and thus has many characteristics in common. New features include a new PCM sound chip which can sample sound up to 15 KHz and replay up to 22 kHz. There is an internal microphone for the PCM unit. There is also an additional CPU, the R800 wich is a 16-bit RISC processor. The user can select the CPU (Z80 or R800) b...
CCE  MC 1000
What a weird computer !! Though it has a lot of similarities with other computers of that time, it seems to be however an original Brazilian production, a kind of mix between several popular systems. Its name MC-1000 is strangely close to MC-10 from Tandy. It uses the same video-controller (Motorola MC-6847) but Sound chipset (GI AY-3-8910) and CPU (Z80A) are different. The character set is almost identical, but keyboard layout and Basic statements are not the...
ORIC TELESTRAT
The Oric Telestrat is the successor of the Oric 1 and Oric Atmos with which it is compatible. It was launched some months after Oric was bought by Euréka, a French company in 1985. It was designed especially for telecommunications, like the Goupil 2, the Thomson TO-9+ or the Exeltel. It was designed to be used with the Minitel (Fre...
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 ...
NEC  APC III
The Nec APC III appears to be the U.S. version of the NEC PC-9801, which was made in a variety of configurations. This machine was partially IBM PC compatible, but neither the PC bus or BIOS were cloned. It had an NEC 7220 graphics chip which was not directly CGA compatible, but was much higher resolution, and quite fast for its day. The CPU is an 8086 running at 8 MHz with 128K of memory. The system used an OEM version of MS-DOS 2.11, modified to work...
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...
TELMI Périminitel
The Périminitel from Telmi is a very interesting system using an original concept: it is a computer using the Minitel (French videotex terminal) as its display, keyboard and modem! In 1983, it was the first project of this nature. The Périminitel itself is thus only a computer case with the mother board and the built-in floppy disk drives. You then have to connect your Minitel terminal to get the display and keyboard. The display specifications are those of the Videotex: 40x25 characters a...
MORROW DESIGNS Decision 1
The Decision 1 is one of the last S-100 BUS based computer generation. Morrow Designs held it as the most flexible of all. On top of a classical CP/M 2.2 operating system, it also featured a special 8 bits version of Unix called Micronix, which allowed the compilation of many programs written in C for other machines under Unix. The Decision 1’s multi user version allowed to manage up to 15 users and 20 simultaneous tasks. According to Morrow Designs, testing confirmed the Decision ...
ATARI  MEGA ST
The Atari Mega ST was the "professionnal" version of the Atari STf. Atari added the "Blitter", a custom chip designed to perform quick memory moves and increase display speed. The Mega ST had a small battery to hold time and date and a small fan (except for the Mega ST1). This computer was especially designed to be the cheapest publishing solution (and it was!). The photo shows the Mega ST 4 (4 MB) with a monochrome display (640 x 400), the publishing softwar...
SANYO  MBC-55x
The Sanyo MBC-550 was the first of the legitimate "clones" of the IBM Personal Computer. While others (notably the Taiwanese) were duplicating the circuitry and Read-Only Memories (ROMs) of the IBM PC, Sanyo Business Systems designed their own circuitry and wrote their own Basic Input/Output System (BIOS), part of which was in ROM and part was on disk. The character set was also in ROM. In Japan, this computer was the MBC-55. It came with a kanji character set and the CP/M-86 operating system. S...

   RANDOM ADVERTS
AMtext brochure #2

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
French advert.

TOSHIBA
HX-10

 
French advert (1980)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
U.S. advert (1978)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
french advert (febru...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Italian ad #2

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
French advert

EPSON
HC / HX-20

 
U.S. advert (1982)

QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS
QDP-100

 
ACE 1000 advert (198...

FRANKLIN
ACE 1000

 
Russian advert - pag...

LEMZ
Agat

 
French advert (1987)

ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS
Z-171 PC

 
First UK advert, Oct...

MEMOTECH
MTX 500 /512

 
UK advert, Oct 1983

ORIC
ORIC 1

 
Japanese advert.

SONY
Hit-Bit 75

 
U.S. advert #2 (1979...

OHIO SCIENTIFIC
CHALLENGER 4P

 
U.S. advert (1980)

QUAY CORPORATION
500 Series

 
Lisa advert

APPLE
LISA / LISA 2 - Mac XL

 
8-page US advert #4

COMPAQ
Portable III

 
French advert#1 (198...

SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
German advert #3

COMMODORE
C64

 
U.S. advert (1982)

NEC
APC

 
Xerox range, August ...

XEROX
6085

 
UK advert

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Model A / B / B+

 
Advert #3

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Richard
2/20/2018
COMMODORE  PC Compatible systems
A note on the mouse interface on the commodore PC 10-III. The mouse interface has a reverse diode protection on each pin to prevent damage to the PC should you plug in a serial mouse.

Alec Evans
2/20/2018
CAMBRIDGE COMPUTERS Z 88
Just rediscovered my Z88 - S/No. 006253 - purchased in around 1988.
Includes 128K RAM and PC Link II eprom (but software and cable sadly mislaid).
Still seems to work fine - apart from the 2-digit dates - but any thoughts of re-using it usefully were dashed when I found that Pipedream (now downloadable free) won''t work on 64-bit PCs.
Nice bit of nostalgia though.

Bernard Van Haecke
2/18/2018
CASIO  FP 1000 / FP 1100
I only had the dual 5 1/4 floppy drive unit. I connected it to my Sinclair ZX Spectrum with some floppy interface bought in the UK. The drives made a funny noise when starting up. Also had a slightly newer Casio keyboard model and hacked the PCB traces to connect it to the Spectrum mainboard. I wish I could play with these again.

Alexander Brandon
2/16/2018
SEEQUA  CHAMELEON
To those who commented here who worked at Seequa, thank you. This was my first family computer. I learned BASIC on it. Played Jumpman and used Sidekick, among a few other things. And we hauled it to ChUG! (Chesapeake area Users Group)

8Bit Baz
2/16/2018
ORIC ORIC 1
The Oric is one of those things that you ''fall in love with'' when you are a disaffected teenager. You choose a machine that isn''t exactly the coolest or most popular around but clearly is ''something else''.
How many ways do we "lurve" thee, Oric?
Check out the threads and posts here to find out, guys:

http://atari.boards.net/thread/2446/oric-count-ways-love-thee


mark uihlein
2/16/2018
IBM  5120
Worked on 5110s and 5120s in the NYC commercial printing industry. Wrote an entire job costing system, estimating syste, union payroll system, GL, AP, Billing and AR systems. This was in the 1980s. Had it running at many of the premier large print shops that were all over lower NYC in that period. One configuration had attached "toaster" 8 inch drives. The entire company ran by time slicing their departments. They went on for years until I wrote a conversion program and put them up on a 36 (in Basic). 64K was a thrill to run a full, multi-union, in-house payroll for 50 or so employees across 3 shifts.

Jody Tallal
2/15/2018
VECTOR GRAPHICS  Vector 4
Back in the early 1980''s I hired a small programming company to create a complete personal financial planning software system to create financial plans instead of doing it manually. The only machine at the time that could handle what we needed to do was a Vector 4.

I still have that original machine but have lost the keyboard. It boots up fine except for the KB error.

I am trying to find a keyboard that will work and it appears to be impossible to find one made for this computer. Because it has a RJ11 interface I am wondering if other keyboards of that era that have RJ11 plugs will work. I have found a HP 2392 2394 Terminal Keyboard and a Vintage Wyse 901876-01 RJ-11 Terminal Keyboard (US/UK ASCII). Does anyone know if either of those two KBs would work with my Vector 4 box? If not, any suggestions of what else I might to to get a keyboard that can work with this machine?

Thanks

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