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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 (...

The 2650 was first reviewed in the US magazine Radio-Electronics, in the April 1977 issue. This computer was supplied in assembled form with an Editor / Assembler. A 12K BASIC was also available on cassette tape or floppy if you had the HD interface. ...
YAMAHA  YIS-503 / Diabolik
This Yamaha computer is specialised in music and sound production. In fact it is a classic MSX 1, but if you bought the special Yamaha synthesizer and piano keyboard, then it was clearly different. You got 48 pre-recorded sounds with a quality really surprising for that time, and as it is real synth, you could change or create you own sounds. The YIS-503 is in fact the same computer as the Yamaha CX5M, but it has not got the SFG-...
IBM JX was what the PCjr should have been. It was first released in Japan with dual English/Kanji features, but has not been a big succes in that market dominated by Japanese companies. The Kanji features were then removed and the system was introduced in Australia. It was first submitted to the Victorian Education Department then released for general dealer sales in September 1985. The JX was thus an enhanced version of the IBM PC Junior (which had no great ...
The Access Computer had a 9.5" built-in screen (amber) and a built-in 80 CPS Dot Matrix Printer. It also had a built-in modem and came with a full range of software : CP/M, CBasic, Communication software, Perfect Writer, Speller, Filer and Calc. The name of the machine was shortly changed to Actrix (Access Matrix) because of copyright issues.

From Tom Creviston: I so...

These photos were sent by Pablo Alvarez Doval (Thank you!). This computer belongs to his uncle, unfortunately, he has no information about it. He says: "It's a huge computer, built in a metallic desk, with a printer, two 8" floppy drives, 12" green-screen monitor (I am not sure, but I do believe it is 12"), and a keyboard, everything you needed built in. It even had a chair to compliment it! Obviously, it is some kind of office computer". It has indeed a 12" screen (white characters 25 x 80) ...
This was a multi-post system based on Z80 CPUs. It could handle up to 3 users, or more with optional cards. To connect the terminals, there are several RS232 ports at the back of the system, labeled JA, JB, JC, JD, JE, etc... The ports not used by the terminals could be used to connect a modem or a printer for example. This system was quite well designed with its squashed hexagon shaped box and its thin monitor. These are medium-sized desktop cases, usually beige but often came in custom colo...
The ISOT 1037S was a 8/16-bit professional system. It was a modular multiprocessor system, able to use either a 16-bit or a 8-bit processor mudule. It could be also used as an inteligent terminal with good networking and graphic capabilities, in connection with ES and CM bulgarian mainframes, through SDLC ADLC and BSC network protocols. Thanks to Bojidar Stefanov for information and picture....
NEC  PC 8401A
The NEC 8401 A is the second generation NEC notebook portable computer. It is significantly different from the 8201. the 8401 has a 16-line by 80-column fold-up LCD screen, 64K of RAM, and a built-in 300 baud modem, and can be operated using batteries or an AC adapter. It uses the CP/M operating system and has four built-in software packages including Wordstar-To-Go, Calc-To-Go, Telcom (telecommunications utility), and Filer (personal card filing program). BASIC is not included in the system....
ATARI  600 / 800 XL
The Atari 800XL, together with the 600XL, were successors of the Atari 400/800 series and the unsuccessful Atari 1200 XL in a more compact case. They could use almost the same software, just so long as the program was written correctly, because of some slight differences between OS versions. The 800XL had 64 KB of RAM, two joystick ports and kept all the custom chips (Pokey, GTIA, Antic) of the previous models. It also featured...
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....

US advert, Aug. 1983


1977 advert


Argentinian advert


5500 advert (Jan. 19...


From Walkman to M5

M 5

French advert (1980)


First advert - Jan.1...

PC - Model 5150

1977 advert

8001 / 8051

ú99 in January 1982


U.S. advert (1979)


German advert


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Business Computer

Xerox range, August ...


1977 advert #1


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US ad. June 1983

Personal Mini PM/4T

French advert.


CoCo clone advert

Color Computer

Advert #1

IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82

French ad (dec.1983)

PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP



Russian advert - pag...



Jim Schwartz
This, too, was my first computer. I remember building it from a kit. I learned to program in BASIC using this computer. I have since made programming my career, all self-taught.

We bought one of these in kit form, where we had to build it ourself.

Dave Smith
HI, I was a technician back then and worked for OSI. I repaired many of these units. I am interested in purchasing some of the older units C1P, C2P, etc.

Lucio Libertini
COMPAQ Portable II
I''ve been trying to use the "send more information" form to correct the info I supplied ages ago (and that I forgot about entirely until I came across this page again and read my name), but it doesn''t seem to work, so I''m adding this post instead.

Ignore what I wrote about the versions of MS-DOS supported by the computer. I think I messed up while making the disk images, or possibly used bad disks$ the computer does indeed boot and run MS-DOS 6.22. Mine has it currently installed on the hard drive. Takes up quite some HD space, but it runs speedily. It''s possible to use drivespace compression, but when doing so everything involving disk access slows down to a crawl (the 286-8 is not a fast CPU), so I just dealt with it.

I managed to find a compatible 40MB Quantum hard disk (a ProDrive, I think - I don''t have it around now so I can''t check), but it''s a voice coil unit, and I like the stock stepper-motor drive''s delicious retro nature and sounds, so I kept that in.

Dave Colglazier
To previous posters, I have scanned the Forth manual and it''s available but I have no information on the Math package that I assume is the floating point mentioned here. I did install and test the entry points using the 5 and N keys so I think it''s the proper one. I have made EPROMs from these for those who want them...please see previous post for contact information about these or any other AIM parts you are needing.
Tuesday 28th October 2008
Harry Dodgson (USA)

Just found this page - to use the Forth Math ROM, just use "N" and it will load the words into the dictionary. VLIST will show them. I don''''t have any documenation, but looking most of the routines can be determined from the names.

Saturday 11th November 2006
Juan Jerez (Spain)

I own an AIM-64 with the Forth ROM''s includding the floating point extenxions. Does anybody have the manual for the floating point ext. or know how to use the floating point words ?

Dave Colglazier
The voltage needed to run the main board is 5VDC. The 24 VDC is needed for the printer to function only. The 12VDC rails are not needed to run the main board but are used when running TTY or RS232 interfaces when desired.
I still buy and repair these computers for resale. My eBay user name is orgwood. I also have some spare parts/printers. I provide documentation to owners who contact me if I have it available especially for odd add-ons from the Computerist, Seawell, and MTU. If you have documentation, please don''t discard it but contact me as I scan it and post it on my page or send it on to others who host sites that store this sort of thing. I''m particularly in need of any hardware related to keyboards like the keycaps $ switches, but I have many Display PC boards for those missing theirs.

Mike Perzel
I joined IBM right out of the Navy in 1957 and trained on the SAGE computer in Kingston NY. Our team installed the system at McCord AFB in Tacoma, WA. I recall during installation, the air-conditioning system was being tested and I do believe room temperature was around 50 degrees, and this was in the summer. In fact, I received several cash awards for changes to the 026 card punch manual. installati

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