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   LATEST ADDITIONS
ECD CORPORATION Micromind
The Micromind was a very innovative machine ahead of its time ! But despite the small group working on the machine, prototyping and developing, and pushing the limits of the time, the machine never shipped. Apparently only a few prototypes were produced. Development began as early 1975/1976 but commercial adverts appeared only in 1977. One of the main features of the Micromind was its innovative (for the time) redefinable characters. Up to 120 characters could be software redefined by the ...
SEMI-TECH (STM) PC
This extremely rare computer is Portable PC (IBM compatible) conceived in the same plastic case as the Pied Piper, released by the same company in 1983. This computer incorporates a lot of features in a compact case, which was quite innovative at the time: built-in LCD display, printer, modem, phone and disk drives ! The STM PC is based on an Intel 80186 processor and two quadruple-density disk drives. The processor is faster than the one used in the IBM PC, a...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Goliath
Logical’s Goliath is a server or disk file storage device has it was described at the time. It has a capacity for 10 MByte, 30 MByte or 50 MByte of fixed disk storage and 10 MBytes of removable storage. The unit, which also houses the controller, may have memory ranging from 64K to 256K and capacity for up to 20 terminals. Up to 20 Tina or David computers can link to Goliath as a distributed data processing system. For ...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Adam
The Adam was the first computer released by Logical Machine Corporation (LOMAC) in 1975. In 1978 they also produced Tina which stands for "TINy Adam". In 1983 Logical released the David, and the L-XT in 1983. There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythic...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Tina
The Adam was the first computer released by Logical Machine Corporation (LOMAC) in 1976. In 1978 they produced Tina which stands for "TINy Adam". It seems to have the same specs as David but with two 8'' floppy disk drives. There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythical story found in the biblical Book of S...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) L-XT
The L-XT was the last computer released by Logical Business Machines, after the Adam, the David, the Tina and the Goliath in 1982. It was announced at the 1983 COMDEX Fall in Las Vegas, and commercially available in March 1984. The L-XT uses a 16-bit Intel 8088 CPU with 192KB RAM, and equipped with a 5.25'' floppy drive unit (320 KB capacity) and a 10 MB hard disk (upgradable to 60 MB)...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) David
The David is not the first computer released by Logical Business Machines. In 1974, LOMAC (Logical Machine Corporation) released the Adam. Some times later they also produced Tina (for TINy Adam). There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythical story found in the biblical Book of Samuel. The David is powered by a 16-bit Intel 8086 CPU w...
GESPAC Gescomp 720 / 730
GESPAC SA was a Swiss company who designed the G-64/96 Bus in 1979. This interface bus concept provides a simple way to interface microprocessor modules with memory and peripheral modules on a parallel bus. The G-64/96 Bus uses a simple, yet modern and powerful interface scheme which allows a higher level of functionality from the single height Eurocard form factor. The low overhead of the G-64/96 Bus interface greatly eases the design of custom boards by the User. This is why, even many year...
WELECT  W86
The W86 is a french computer released in 1983 by Welect. It's the second computer released by Welect after the W80.2. The W86 is powered by an Intel 8086 (hence its name) to catch up with the IBM PC compatible trend of the moment and is thus able to run MS-DOS. But the W86 is also equipped with a Z80A to also be CP/M compatible. It's thus an hybrid machine typical of the mid-80s when the professional industry was moving from CP/M to MS-DOS. There is 128 KB...
SMOKE SIGNAL CHIEFTAIN COMPUTERS The Chieftain 9822
In 1978, Smoke Signal Chieftain Computers (SSCC) released their first computer: The Chieftain, followed in 1980 by the Chieftain Business System, an update to the original Chieftain. At the start of 1982, the company introduced the Chieftain 9822, an update to the Business System featuring the same processor and static RAM options, as well as the same nine-slot bus equipped with the first two Chieftains. The system could be equipped with either two 8-inch or two 5.25-inch floppy drives and...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
GAMATIC 7600
The Gamatic 7600 is a classic pong system sold worldwide under many different brands, as the Grandstand T.V. Game Model 2000 for example, or the Univox 41N. The system itself seems to have been made in Korea. The electronic board is labeled "F'GAMATIC-7600". Indeed many Gamatic 7600 systems identical to this one can be found worldwide, the earliest one being a japanese Gamatic 7600 system released in 1976. The c...
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 ...
AMSTRAD  CSD
At the time when the Amstrad GX 4000 game console and the CPC+ computers were launched, Amstrad had designed this metallic box to be used by dealers as a demonstration model. It was mainly used in the UK by Dixons chain dealers. Of course, very few models were produced. When opening the front side of the sturdy aluminium case, one finds a metal plate covering the main board, actually a CPC 464+ motherboard, and a daughterb...
LNW RESEARCH LNW-80
LNW company name came from its three founders' names: Gene Lu, Michael G. Norton (President) and Ken Woog. In 1980, the company started manufacturing expansion and interface cards for the Tandy TRS-80 Model 1 and then sold the first TRS-80 compatible single-board kit. The LNW-80 was an early TRS-80 clone system, sold as a kit or assembled, and fully hardware and software compatible. It was a powerful machine offering much more advanced fe...
HEATHKIT / ZENITH  H-89
The H-89 was sold under the two names: Heathkit H-89 and Zenith Data Systems Z-89. The H-89 was sold in kit form, the Z-89 came assembled. It originally came with 16 KB of memory, later versions provided up to 48KB on the main CPU board (in groups of 1 KB chips). Zenith and Heathkit offered a 16 KB expansion card ($120) for a total of 64 KB when using CP/M. The system was identical to the H-19 video terminal but had an additional CPU board between the CRT and the ter...
PANASONIC FS A1 ST
Due to lack of interest in marketing of MSX-machines and growing interest in game consoles and powerful PC alike computers (for word processing purposes mainly), companies were not so enthusiastic about creating a new MSX-machine. The biggest software supporters of MSX deserted to Nintendo and other computers/game machines. Sony chose to make their own game console as well ASCII in cooperation with Yamaha and Panasonic created the 3DO (Three Dimensional Objects) game console. This system is ...
SNK Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System (AES)
Released in 1990 by the Shin Nihon Kikaku Corp. (SNK), The Neo Geo AES was basically a home version of the popular MVS arcade board. This allowed arcade perfect games as the cartridge contained both the arcade and home version of a game, an EPROM on the motherboard selecting which version to use. Only a slightly different cartridge slot prevented MVS cartridges from working in the AES and vice versa. The Neo Geo's arcade origins were evident in its controllers. Arcade style joysticks and butt...
THOMSON  TO 7
The Thomson TO 7 is the first micro computer conceived by Thomson and the first French micro-computer. This computer, also called Thomson 9000 was mainly used in french schools and had somehow a great success in France. "TO" stands for "Tele Ordinateur" (ordinateur meaning computer in French). One of the most interesting feature of the TO-7 is its light pen. Indeed, there is one stored in a small trap above the keyboard. A wide range of software used this device. Even on later T...
PEL VARAZDIN Orao
"Orao (English = Eagle) was an 8-bit computer developed by PEL Varaždin in 1984. It was used as a standard primary school computer in Croatia from 1985 to 1991. Orao (code named YU102) was designed by Miroslav Kocijan to supersede Galeb (code named YU101). The goal was to make a better computer, yet with less components, easier to produce and less expensive. Originally a Motorola 6809 microprocessor was planned but was abandoned for the MOS 6502 due to bei...
ORMATU ELECTRIC BV Ormatu Video Spelcomputer 2001
The Ormatu is one of the many systems "software-compatible" with the Emerson Arcadia 2001. Though, the Emerson Arcadia 2001 is the most popular system of this console group, it was not necessarily at the origin of it. Things must be seen differently. Philips / Signetics developped a hardware platform to demonstrate the possibilities of their Signetics 2650 & 2636 chipsets. Somehow, this hardware was licenced (by Philips?) to many third-companies around th...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Allan Ayres
9/28/2022
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-9836
I have a HP-9836A (Motorola 68000 based)! I can boot it into HPL or a custom oil and gas reservoir analysis application. The entire staff that used this system was laid-off, and by the time I acquired this system a few months later, all of the documention and software had been discarded (other than the two floppy disks in the drives).

Allan Ayres
9/28/2022
ALSPA COMPUTER ACI-1 / 2
I believe I have an ACI-1, but with a single half-height drive. It was sold as a turn-key telephone management system, so the labels on the front were applied by that vendor. However, there is an Alspa logo on the back. The last time I tried powering on this system, I couldn''t get anything displayed on the terminal, but I was using a laptop connected via a usb-serial adapter and that may have been an issue. To verify that the adapter worked, I was able to connect a modem and I was able to issue AT commands. Taking DTE/DCE considerations into mind, I still wasn''t able to get the display to work. Previously (i.e., years earlier) I was able to start the system, but the POST indicated bad RAM. Since the RAM was surface mounted, I was going to junk the system and at that time the documentation was discarded. Long story short... any idea where I can get hardware documention for this system? TIA.

Steve Jones
9/24/2022
XEROX  860
There were apparently a lot more mass storage options, with both floppy and hard drives. Check out some period brochures: http://s3data.computerhistory.org/brochures/xerox.850-860.1980.102646265.pdf

Peter Gasson
9/23/2022
NORTHSTAR  Advantage
I bought my NS Advantage in Hong Kong for approximately £3000 including a daisy wheel printer and Wordstar as I needed to write and edit reports for the Outward Bound School in HK when I was Captain of the Brigantine Ji Fung. I took it to sea with me and it survived. It was the first computer at the OB school but when I asked for it to be considered as essential equipment and therefore Income Tax deductible my boss said a computer was unnecessary - Hard to imagine now. My wife was a Touch Typer and could typed quicker than the computer could put the text up on the screen so she had to slow down to let it catch up. I now have it stored in my garage as a bit of history… Happy Days.

Roland
9/22/2022
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
Dear Bernardo, we are in the process of restoring a Q1-System - I sent you an email !

Bernardo Kastrup
9/20/2022
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
Dear all, I am a computer designer and restorer who often works with the Dutch Home Computer Museum. We''ve just acquired a Q1 Lite built in 1978. My intent is to eventually reverse engineer and document the machine. If that is successful, I hope to design a modern clone of the Q1 (the Z80 is still manufactured by Zilog) using an LCD panel instead of the plasma display, and an SD-card port instead of the hard disk drives. For this to make sense, however, we need some of the original software. We can, of course, write brand new software for the clone, but that wouldn''t be a true reproduction. Can any of you provide me with digital copies of Q1 Lite software? Technical documentation would be a significant bonus! Here are the sites where we plan to collect what we learn and do: https://www.thebyteattic.com/p/q1.html https://github.com/TheByteAttic/Q1 Hoping to hear from you! (You can contact me at bernardo_kastrup at hotmail dot com)

Rod
9/18/2022
INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA Activision Family Game
Wow. Had the article not stated this was an NES clone, I would have just assumed it was a bootleg Atari 2600 clone. I mean, just look at the shape of it. Not to mention the Activision logo right there on the front of it.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
HOVER STRIKE (J9009E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari - 1995
 game - 3d - shoot them up
SOLITAIRE
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 game - card game
SUPER BARRIER PONG
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
STAR HAWK
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
 game - 3d - shoot them up - space - star wars - vector graphics
PONG
Atari Super Pong (C140)
Atari - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
TEMPO (32X) (84504)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1995
 game - platform
CAT AND MOUSE
Magnavox Odyssey
Fairchild - 1972
 game - maze
GUNFIGHTER / MOONSHIP BATTLE (TV ARCADE SERIES) (18V405)
RCA Studio II
RCA - 1977
 game - duel - wild west
LUNAR LANDER
Compucolor
Compucolor (publisher) - 1978
 game - gravity - space
HYPER HOCKEY
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
WING MAN 2
Sharp X1
Enix - year unknown
 game -
HYPERCHASE (VT3201)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5rating is 5
 game - car - racing - vector graphics
SUPER PONG
Atari Super Pong (C140)
Atari - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
PUZZLY
Indata Dai
Dialog Informatique - 1983
 game - jigsaw - mind games
VIDEO OLYMPICS (CX2621)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1977
rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4
 game - ball and paddle - basketball - football - handball - hockey - sport - tennis - volleyball

   RANDOM ADVERTS
Advert #2

PRAVETZ
IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82

 
Advert

HONEYWELL
H316 - Kitchen computer

 
Quasar ad (1983)

PANASONIC
HHC

 
Victor ad #4 (1983)

SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
French advert #2

CANON
X-07

 
Russian advert - pag...

LEMZ
Agat

 
commercial pamphlet ...

CENTRAL DATA
2650

 
Japanese flyer - ver...

EPOCH
Super Cassette Vision

 
Advert #6 (1982)

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
U.S. advert

COMPAQ
Portable

 
Semi-Tech brochure #...

SEMI-TECH (STM)
Pied Piper

 
U.S. advert (1982)

AVT ELECTRONICS
Comp 2

 
French advert

CANON
X-07

 
Japanese advert

CANON
X-07

 
US advert (dec. 1976...

SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION
6800

 
Promotional leaflet ...

VICTOR
HC-6

 
Advert #3

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
French advert (1984)

COLECO
Colecovision

 
First U.K. ad (oct. ...

AMSTRAD
PCW 9512

 
Japanese advert.

YAMAHA
YIS-503 / Diabolik

 
German brochure #1

ATARI
MEGA STe

 
Byte shopper

IMSAI
8080

 
U.K. ad. (Aug. 1986)

SHARP
PC-7000

 
French advert (jan. ...

APPLE
APPLE IIc

 
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