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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 (...

Convergent Technologies of Santa Clara, California introduced the Worslate the same time as the Tandy Model 100. Although it was about the same size of the Model 100, the Workslate was primarily a spreadsheet machine. No other software could be loaded except some application which was adaptations of the basic spreadsheet program. The Workslate used a CMOS version of the old 6800 processor and 16B KB of RAM. RAM size couldn't be extended and allowed a limited 7...
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 commodore 64 is, along with the Apple II and the Atari XL computers, the most famous home computer. According to the 2001 edition of Guinness book of records, the C64 was the most "prolific computing device ever manufactured". During its production run from 1982 to... 1993, about 30 million (!) units were sold. To put this number in perspective, that's more than all the Macintoshes in the world....
SANCO  8000
The Sanco 8000 series followed the 7000. Like its predecessor, it was actually conceived by the French company SFCE (Sanyo France - Calculatrices Electroniques) and manufactured by Logic Systems International Inc. (LSI), a small Japanese company which would later release some PC compatible systems. Sanco name came from the summary of Sanyo (SFCE was a Sanyo calculators distributor) and Cofelec, a subsidiary of the Thomson co., which made the first Sanco...
ACORN COMPUTER  Archimedes A5000
The Acorn A5000 was an all new model of the Archimedes family replacing the A540. It had 4 slots like previous models but a larger wider case making it look like a workstation computer. It was built on the new fast ARM3 processor as used in the A4 laptop. VGA output and new extra screen modes were introduced as well using cheap standardised IDE hard disks. The keyboard was the quality 'Brisbane' model as used on the previous high end Acorns. (Or could 'Brisbane' be the codename for the A...
This Polish computer was first introduced in fall 1983. As pretty much every sophisticated piece of hardware from the Eastern Block, it was copied from a western computer. The ROM is based on the TRS-80 model II, so the Meritum can be considered as a TRS-80 clone. It was mainly used in schools and is considered as the precursor of the polish computing industry as it was the first computer to be produced in Poland. In fact the Meritum is not entirely Polish ...
SORD  M23 Mark III
The Sord M23 Mark III was available with 12" green monitor or a 14" color monitor. Despite the M23 featured a cartridge port, all of its important software came on floppies, including the ground-breaking PIPS-III and several BASIC compiler variants developed by Sord and running on their own OS. A lot of good business software and games were written with these. There were later Mark systems released, including a Mark I with the world's first 3.5 inch floppies deployed, and the Mark V with e...
The Lynx 48 was a competitor of the Sinclair Spectrum and the Oric 1. It was a good machine but its main problem was a lack of software. Several models were available with 48 KB, 96 KB or 128 KB RAM, and it was possible to reach 192 KB with on-board RAM expansions! There is even a monitor in the Lynx's ROM which allowed the user to write and edit programs written in machine code. The 96 KB and 128 KB versions featured 4 KB of ...
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 ...
This Yamaha computer is specialised in music and sound production. In fact it is a low range MSX 1 computer, with a built-in SKW-01 Yamaha synthesizer which turns the computer into a real synthesizer with a sound quality really suprising for that time, and the ability to change or create you own sounds. The CX5 is in fact the same computer as the Yamaha YIS-303, but with the SKW-01 Sound Module built-in.Yamaha also produced upgr...

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Color Computer

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Micro Decision

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PSION MC 200 / 400 / 600
MC 400 screenshots are now here

Once I was a Programmer (Ireland)
In Ireland "Accounting Services" ( ex NCR salesmen) were agents for this machine. I worked as a assembler programmer on it. It used tape cassettes to store data.
But it lacked an operating system. One was being developed but not ready so I managed to write a simple one to manage multi tape files and deal with end of tape situations etc. The computers were easy to sell but delivery times for applications could be 6 months. All software was developed in-house. There were no packages.
It was a bad business model and quickly failed.

I found a Refugees in the Wilderness game! It''s not the original as it was destroyed. But, it''s close!

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SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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Worked in Atlanta sales 1980 - 1984. Worked in Communications Div. LDCS and ACD. AWESOME TIME AND PLACE Worked with Rich Pape, Max Wood, Andrew Waite and Mike Tamer. Many more early sales reps and managers under Dan Hosage. Even Survived sales forecasting under John Thornton. What memories.

This computer has just been featured as part of a working teardown on YouTube in Australia by a guy called Dave.

Olivetti M20: A bit of a cheese machine, easily blown away by an old standard XT. No style.

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