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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 86 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 are 128...
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
CANON  V-8
This is a very compact MSX-1 computer, it was meant to be portable... It has only 16k of RAM....
EPSON  HC / HX-20
Superbly designed and engineered, the Epson HX20 can be considered as the first true portable computer. It was the only package available at the time which included a microcassette drive, a mini-printer and a LCD display. The small built-in printer could print graphics or text (up to 24 columns, 47 lines per minute). The small tape recorder was pretty fast (considering it was a tape drive). The computer rewinds or fast forwards the tape automatically to find the right file. This tape recorder...
COMART Communicator
Comart was the computer system group that took over the Byte Shop/Computerland chain when it had financial difficulties in the late 70s. They were a large company distributing North Star systems, and similar equipments. The Communicator was their first effort in distributing a British-made system. The Communicator is a S-100 bus system based around a main chassis with a 10-slot-mother-board. The system had 64 KB of RAM and came with three variations of dual flo...
PRINZTRONIC Micro 5500
This is a typical system using catridges based on the different chipsets developped by General Instruments in the late 70s. Each GI chips was able to generate several games, ball games for a start, then later car racing, motorcycle, submarines, tanks and shooting games. The system has two detachable controllers with one analog joystick and one fire button each. The control panel is composed of 10 buttons to select the different games offered by each cartridge (10 being the maximum). Difficult...
UNIVERSUM Multispiel 2006
Basic pong system based on the popular AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments....
ATARI  130 ST - 260 ST
The Atari 130 ST (ST means sixteen/thirty-two :16 bit data bus & 32 bit address bus) was shown at the Winter Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in 1985. It was the great surprise of the show and was presented only six months after Jack Tramiel bought Atari, Inc. (He later named it Atari Corp). The ST series was rushed onto the market as Atari had originally contracted Amiga Corp. to manufacture a 16-Bit home computer, but legal issues caused the dissolution of that contract resulting in Comm...
ROBOTRON PC 1715
The Robotron 1715 was designed in Eastern Germany and manufactured by VEB Robotron Büromaschinenwerk "Ernst Thälmann" in Sömmerda. It was based on a Z80 CPU (in fact Eastern clone U880), and used SCP, a CP/M compatible operating system. It was widely used in Russia and other East European countries for office and educational purposes. Although it didn't stand the comparison with Western PC systems, it was a very robust and reliable system daily used by numerous companies in every field. On...
IBM  PC - Model 5150
The computer which caused the death of CP/M computers. In the early part of 1980, IBM decided to create a microcomputer (up to this date, IBM produced only mini and mainframes). They didn't really know that they wanted and they didn't think for one second that producing microcomputer was a profitable business (who would have thought!)! After hesitation between the Intel 8086 (16 bit) and the Motorola MC68000, they decided to use the Intel 8088 (8 - 16 bit) processor, as the two other ones we...
FUJITSU  Micro 16s
The Micro 16s was designed to be a powerful package of hardware and software in a professional business system. It offered a unique architectural design for the time: interchangeable microprocessors and thus operating systems. In fact most commonly used processors were Intel 8086 and Zilog Z80. One or two processor boards could be plugged into the Micro 16s and either one could be in control of the bus, the memory, etc. Fujitsu also planned to launch Motorola 68000, Intel 80286 and Zilog Z80...
SNK Neo Geo Pocket
Released towards the end of 1998 in Japan, the Neo Geo Pocket was yet another challenger to Nintendo's Game Boy. The Neo Geo Pocket had great battery life (even the Pocket Color managed around 40 hours from just two batteries!), an area where so many Game Boy competitors had failed, and a number of SNK's popular arcade games appeared on the system. But the sales figures were lower than SNK were expecting and the machine was discontinued after just a few months, only to be immediately rep...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Daniel Shaffer
2/5/2023
ACCESS COMPUTER  ACCESS Computer
I also have an Actrix (Access Matrix) computer in my closet. I bought it in early 1983 as my first computer and it served me well. I was doing long-term consulting work in two different locations, so its all-in-one functionality came in very handy. With its built in printer and modem, it provided me with what was essentially a mobile office. I bought a padded case to protect it and checked it in as luggage on flights. Not long after purchasing the Actrix, I opted for a factory upgrade that added an Intel 8088 CPU, double-sided floppy drives, and a 256K memory chip that could be used as a RAM drive C:. The Actrix would boot into CPM or DOS depending upon which system was detected in Drive A. In MS-DOS mode, I was able to run Lotus 1-2-3. Using the memory chip as a RAM drive speeded up recalculations immensely. Being able to print out reports and graphs wherever I happened to be was very empowering. In addition, the Actrix provided me with an introduction to computer games like Rogue and Ladders. Eventually, I purchased a Zenith desktop computer for home office use (with a 5 Megabyte hard drive!) but continued to use my Actrix on the road. All in all, the Actrix was a great investment at the right time.

Colin Skears
2/5/2023
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
As a small business we purchased a new Sirius ACT 1 with 10Mb hard drive in 1983 and we had a custom program written in Ashton Tate Dbase 2. We later added a new floppy verson as a slave and later still 2 more second hand from British Rail Derby works. They were brilliant and reliable machines that served us well until 1998 when we went IBM compatible 386 and converted the software to Dbase 3. The 10Mb hard drive Sirius 1 never received the praise it deserved.

Joscelyn
2/5/2023
CASIO  FP 6000
Hi Polyfusion, you have mail... Cheers

vidsquid
2/4/2023
NEC  TurboGrafx-16/Turbografx
A very underrated console for sure. There''s not a huge library of games for it, given the limited lifespan of the console. But there''s also not a lot of duds in the library, which is something that longer lasting consoles like the NES, Sega Master System and the Atari 2600 cannot say.

Jon Meads
2/1/2023
MIT Whirlwind
One of the last programmers of the Whirlwind. One of the developers of the Carol Burnett segment, "What''s in The Stars", that was generated using the Whirlwind and the 35mm camera that was one of the Whirlwind''s display peripherals.

Tristram Brelstaff
1/28/2023
SHARP  MZ 80K
My first proper computer. Built like a tank (well compared to the Sinclair ZX80). Felt like I could roll it down stairs and it would still work. Came with a booklet listing the ROM. You could follow step by step through the code and see how it read commands from the keyboard, displayed characters on the screen and loaded data from the tape drive. I learnt Z80 assembler programming on it. I also learnt Pascal using a neat little compiler from a company in Swindon I cannot remember the name of. You could inspect the compiler output to see how it implemented loops, subroutine calls, etc. This computer opened up possibilities to me that I hadn''t even dreamt of before. Two years later I had an MSc degree in Computing. Exciting times.

Joseph Linington
1/26/2023
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1000 TX
I had a Tandy 1000TX that my father bought in 1987 and was our family computer until 1991-1992. It was a very weird machine built on the Tandy 1000 XT platform with only support for 640k ram plus 128K extra video ram, no support for extended memory and only 8 bit ISA slots. All of this even though the TX had an 8Mhz 80286 processor. By the end of it''s life with me we had added a second floppy and a 20MB hardcard. The machine came with Dos 3.2 and did not have Dos or DeskMate in ROM like some of the earlier Tandy 1000''s.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
STAR FORCE (G-1043 / C-43)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega, Tehkan - 1985
 game - shoot them up - vertical scrolling
BC RACERS (32X)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Core Design Limited (developer), Sega - 1995
 game - cavemen - kart - racing
ULTRA PONG
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
BUSINESS FINANCE (26-3703)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application - business and financial application
SHANGHAI - THE ANCIENT CHINESE GAME OF MAH-JONGG
Sharp X1
Activision, System Soft - year unknown
 game - mind games - shanghai
HANG-ON II (C-60)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1985
 game - motorbike - racing
HYPER HOCKEY
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
SEA BATLLE (M12)
MPT-03 and Arcadia systems
UA Limited (developer) - 1982
 game - boat - naval battle - ocean - sea - strategy - submarine - war
PREHISTORIC SAFARI
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - dinosaurs - lightgun - prehistory - shooting gallery
SHOOTOUT
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - shooting gallery - wild west
NAVAL BATTLE / BLAST-AWAY / SPEED-BALL (cartridge #4)
Coleco Telstar Arcade
Coleco - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - naval battle - shoot them up
YAMATO (G-1008)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - naval battle - shoot them up
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Sharp X1
Macadamia - 1986
 game - platform
SPACE COMMAND (SPACE WAR) (CAS-160)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba - 1978
 game - shoot them up - space - war
OTHELLO (G-1044)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1985
 game - board game - mind games - othello

   RANDOM ADVERTS
UK advert #2

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
French ad (jan. 1985...

YENO
SC 3000 / SC 3000H

 
French advert (nov.1...

AMSTRAD
GX 4000

 
M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
Promotional leaflet

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer 2

 
US advert (1982)

CROMEMCO
System I / II / III

 
Promo pic #5

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
DMS-15

DIGITAL MICRO SYSTEMS
DMS-3/F

 
Spanish advert (may ...

CANON
CX-1 / BX-3

 
U.S. ad. June 1983

HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-9816

 
New Zealand advert

MITS
Altair 8800b

 
English advert (1984...

ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY
Advance 86

 
1976 advert

SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION
6800

 
French advert (dec. ...

THOMSON
MO 5

 
Dick Smith advert

DICK SMITH
Cat

 
1st. U.S. advert #1

EPSON
QX 10

 
Japan advert.

YAMAHA
YIS-303

 
French advert

ACORN COMPUTER
ATOM

 
French advert (dec.1...

PHILIPS
Videopac C52

 
Acorn ad. #3 (Nov. 8...

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Master Compact

 
Same in German

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Serie 5

 
Advert #2

TIMEX / SINCLAIR
1000

 
First advert - Feb.1...

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
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