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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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TANDY RADIO SHACK  Color Computer
The Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer was known to be called "coco" (Color Computer) by its users. It uses its own version of BASIC, "Tandy Color BASIC" instead of the world famous Microsoft BASIC. It was followed by the TRS-80 Color Computer II in 1982. The Welsh Dragon 32 was one of its many clones...
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TOMY  Tutor / Pyuuta
This computer was partially compatible with the Texas Instuments TI 99/4A. It had almost the same characteristics, except its main CPU (TMS 9995 instead of the TMS 9900 for the TI 99/4A). The two languages (GBASIC and Tomy Basic) were only available in UK and US computers. The Japanese computers didn't have the Tomy Basic (a TI-like Basic), but a "nihongo basic" using japanese characters and words, e.g. "kake" meant "print", "moshi-naraba" meant "if-then". ...
BILLINGS BC-12
Virtually no information about this Z80 based computer - we even don't know its name - and the Billings Co. which name came from Mr. Billings, its founder. Along with this machine, Billings also produced another system named 6000 which specialized in organizing and managing distributed processing applications (see advert section). The operating system OASIS was a subset of IBM's CMS running on Virtual Machines (VM) of the IBM 370. The commands have the same syntax and the same options. The...
CANON  CX-1 / BX-3
This business computer has a monitor and two 5.25" drives built-in. The drives had a door lock so the disk could not be removed while a file was open. The CX-1 uses MCX (Media for Canon X series) as its operating system, which is similar to CP/M. The character matrix consists of 5x7 dots for normal characters, and of 7x9 for semi-graphic characters. There was a graphic option in Japan (300 x 260), but it never became available in the US. The Canon BX-3 was the same machine except th...
ACCESS COMPUTER  ACCESS Computer
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.
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CONITEC Prof80
This computer was never sold in computer stores. It is an homebrew machine built around an unique board called PROF80. The Prof 80 was a CPM Board for CP/m 2.2 or (later) 3.X., manufactured by Conitec, Dieburg, Germany. There is also a branch in US. The company still exists, and the chief designer of the board, Joachim Hanst, is still working there. It was sold in France in kit form by the Pentasonic stores chain. User had to solder all the components onto the bare board. The PROF80 bo...
BULL  L'attaché
"L'attaché" was the first Bull attempt to produce a portable PC-compatible computer. It was not made in France by Bull, but in Japan. This computer was mainly sold to french public services, as they were obliged at the time to buy french-made computers. But "L'attaché" was not very successful in the private sector when it was launched, because there were many competing that were technically more advanced and cheaper. The system hardware was made of two separate modules. A motherboard/displ...
LOBO DRIVES INTERNATIONAL MAX-80
Max-80 has been, along with the LNW-80, one of the two major Tandy TRS-80 Mod. III compatible computers. It could run LDOS TRS-80 software three times faster. Nevertheless numerous internal differences made it incompatible as far as hardware was concerned: serial and parallel ports, disk interface and no tape connector. The system also ran CP/M operating system. the early versions were shipped with 2.2 version, next ones wit...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  Portable Wordprocessor WP-2 / WP-3
Still sought after by writers and students, the Tandy WP-2 and Tandy WP-3 are perfect writing companions. Used to take notes, prepare reports and write letters, these WP systems are technically real computers based on a Zilog Z80 processor. The WP-2 is essentially a Tandy-branded version of a Citizen portable wordprocessor called the CBM-10WP. Extract from Tandy catalog: "There are battery operated, weight only 3.1 pounds and are 1" thin. The full size keyboard lets you cut, paste, se...
ELECTROMAGNETICA Jet
We have few information about this computer. The Jet was a Romanian Spectrum clone computer built in a telephone case! You can see the handset housing and the numeric keyboard replaced with black plastic masks. The keyboard was made of printed pieces of paper inserted in transparent key-caps. This system has been deeply modified by the user(s). Zeno Mateescu, who owned a JET, reports: The whole computer was more a HC-85 clone...

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French ad #2

BASIS
BASIS 108

 
Isaac Asimov #2

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer

 
French advert (june ...

THOMSON
MO 5

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
Promotional pict. #2

APF
Imagination Machine

 
French advert (1984)

KAYPRO
Kaypro 10

 
Advert #3

ATARI
800

 
Last sales

DRAGON DATA LTD
Dragon 64

 
QL catalogue #2

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
Advert #3

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
1977 advert

MSI
6800

 
Power... is expensiv...

IMSAI
8080

 
French advert (1979)

SYNERTEK
SYM1

 
Advert #1

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
8-page US advert #4

COMPAQ
Portable III

 
8086 version

SEATTLE COMPUTER
Gazelle

 
French advert #3

INDATA
DAI

 
French (stupid) prom...

ORIC
ATMOS

 
French ad

COMPAQ
Portable

 
UK advert

CROMEMCO
System I / II / III

 
French ad (dec.1983)

SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
UK advert (dec. 1979...

ACORN COMPUTER
System 1

 
commercial pamphlet ...

CENTRAL DATA
2650

 
Heath catalog

HEATHKIT
EC-1

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Jeffrey S Culvahouse
10/18/2018
MSI 6800
I have some reference material concerning the MSI 6800A Computer System. I am downsizing and want to get rid of it. I only request the cost of shipping. I have the MSI 6800A Computer System Operation Manual, the SDOS Disk Operating System Utilities Supervisor''s Reference Manual, the FD-8 Floppy Disk Diagnostics Reference Manual and the FD-8 Operation Manual for Model FD-8.

If interested, please contact me.

Jeff Culvahouse

James Smith
10/18/2018
SANYO  MBC-1000
The user manuals were interestingly written. A friend opined that a nephew of the Sanyo president who was taking English in Tokyo High School, and not doing well, wrote them. I still chuckle at the memories of deciphering them.

LBlack8978
10/17/2018
SONY  Series 35 Model 10
They use 3.5 discs. I used this processor for work, I loved it. I still have a lot of the discs.

Nicholas Shields
10/17/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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10/16/2018
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
I was interested to find this forum - although there doesn''t seem to be much genuine activity on it! In 1981 I was working for ACT (Applied Computer Techniques), the British company which partnered with Victor to market the Sirius 1 in the UK. I was in Scotts Valley California in September 1981 watching the prototype machines being assembled. I recorded a message which announced "I am the ACT Sirius 1 - the number one choice in business microcomputers!", which was played when a UK model was booted up.

dan
10/15/2018
COMMODORE  LCD
six were made. i had one, 5 were destroyed. mine is now in the smithsonian (as is the first wood case pet). was told it would work also with touch screen and jane icon-based operating system (pre windows!). i demo''d it to secretary of education of india in dc. i was director of edu software with sig on loan to white house to launch young astronaut program. marshall smith knew nothing!

Robin England
10/14/2018
ACT Apricot F1
Hi Matt, I am an enthusiastic collector of the Apricot F-series machines and would be interested in any Apricot stuff you have. I don''t run a computer museum but I collect and restore vintage machines. Let me know if you want to discuss further. Cheers, Robin

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