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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...

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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...
MIRAGAMA GMC-802
This one is one the last pong built so it's quite complete and offers everything a player needs to play pong in good conditions. The use of the Motorola M-588135 chipset makes it possible to choose a different bat size for each player. The system has even an on/off sound switch (quite useful)! This pong is the same system as the more famous Nintendo Color TV Game-15. The Motorola M-588315 chipset is indeed a clone of the Mitsubishi Electric M58816P chipset used in the Nintendo syste...
OLIVETTI  Prodest PC 128
The Prodest PC-128 was a rebadged and slightly redesigned version of the French Thomson MO6 Apart from case design touching up, technical features was the same as the MO6. This machine seems having been sold in very small quantity in Italy. ...
MITS  Altair 680
The Altair 680 appeared about one year after the successful Altair 8800 was launched. With this model, MITS attempted to offer a new system based on the well known Motorola 6800 processor and then cover a large market share in small computer business. The computer was available in kit or assembled form, It was smaller than the 8800 but kept the same design of front panel and switches. It featured 1 KB of RAM (4 times the 8800 RAM) and 1 KB of ROM with support f...
ROBOTRON A5105
The Robotron A-5105 was intended to be used in former Eastern Germany schools where it should replace the outdated KC line of computers. Therefore, it was also called BIC which stands for "Bildungscomputer" ("educational computer").. Up to 16 computers could be linked into a network which was comprised of one teacher computer and several pupil systems. Each station could access the printers and plotters. A monochrome monitor was attached to the case ...
SONY  Series 35 Model 10
This computer is a Wordprocessor system which looks like an Apple Macintosh (but is not a Macintosh compatible). It can work with CP/M. Though it was designed as a word processing computer, it has no mouse (go figure !). It has a graphical user interface and has special keys to use with the word processor (cut/paste, move line/word etc.)....
COMMODORE  AMIGA 2500
The first Amiga 2500 model was released during 1989 and was most popular in the US and Canada, appealing to the high-end user and professional market. There was very little difference from previous revisions of the A2000, the most notable being the addition of processor cards increasing the system speed. First models were sold with A2620 card (68020 processor + 68881 FPU), next with A2630 (68030 + 6882) Armando Ruggeri, from Canada, adds:
ACORN COMPUTER  BBC Master Compact
In 1986 the Acorn Business Computer range was long gone, and Olivetti - Acorn's new owners, having been forced to increase their stake from 49 to 80 per cent of the firm - were concentrating on making Acorn more profitable. The case for the 65C816-based Communicator was retained and given a basic box, housing a PSU and disk drive, to make a standard-looking 3-box computer system based around the BBC Master architecture. Also marketed in Europe as the Olivetti Prodest PC 128 S (S fo...
SOCIÉTÉ OCCITANE D'ELECTRONIQUE OC 4
The OC 4 is a nice and funky handheld pong produced by the French company, Société Occitane d'Electronique. Like most pong systems of its time, it uses the General Instruments AY-3-8500 chipset, which offers 4 paddle games + 2 shooting games not implemented here as there is no connector for a light gun. Each player hold one of the paddle. Player 1 paddle holds all the main electronic of the system and this is where game selection and options are operated. The other paddle (player 2), holds...
COLUMBIA DATA PRODUCTS MPC
The Columbia MPC (for Multi Personal Computer) was the first exact copy of the young IBM PC. This desktop clone version will be followed few months later by a portable version designed by the new Compaq company. Technically, there is nothing to say about this computer which hardware features are exactly the same as those of the IBM 5150. However, for about $1500 less, the MPC offered standard features that were optional on the ...

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Doug Taylor
11/27/2022
ATARI  800
Thanks for the memories

Stephen De Marni
11/26/2022
IBM  PS/1
I just restored an IBM PS1 2133 back into operating condition. It had a failed 129MB Maxtor hard drive. I tried to install an Apacer 128 MB solid state drive but the BIOS would only recognize it as a 27MB drive and it was not recognized as a valid drive by DOS to perform FDISK on it. So I removed a 245MB Seagate hard disk from another old 486 computer that still works and the BIOS recognizes this and the computer boots and works perfectly. If anyone has any advice on where I could find solid state drives in the 128MB range that would work with old DOS 386 and 486 machines, it is appreciated. The Apacer SSD was recognized by my Toshiba Portege running Win95 as an advanced IDE drive so that may be the problem of the older BIOS''s not recognizing the drive properly.

Laurie May
11/20/2022
APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES  Microbee 32
I have a 32k Microbee but no instructions for cables etc. My grandson is interested, having done some computer studies. Where may I find such documentation?

Michel BURTE
11/18/2022
OLIVETTI  M20
Hello, I have just recovered a complete M20 with printer (pharmacy management application from 1980). I have the PCOS, BASIC, ISAM and Peripheral I/O manuals. I am looking for Disk 5''1/4 PCOS complete (L1.M20 PCOS-8000 Rev. 1.3d) Cordially

Michel BURTE
11/17/2022
OLIVETTI  M20
Je vient de recuperer un M20 en etat de marche, je suis a la recherche des disquette systeme (PCOS-8000 v1.3d). errun.dial@orange.fr

SL
11/15/2022
NEC  PC 8801
The NEC PC-8801 was released in North America. It was called the NEC PC-8801A. I should know, I own one. I will eventually upload a video of it on YouTube, just the hardware I will need to eventually get the correct monitor before I could even think about the software. I have the 8" drives. I''m not sure if the 5 1/4" drives were released in North America.

Dan
11/14/2022
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
I had one of these interesting systems, which I believe came from the National Enterprise Board (NEB) in the UK. Mine was a Q1 Microlite (manufactured between 1978 and 1980), with an 80 character x 8 character high quality, sharp orange gas plasma display. The Q1 range had excellent keyboards and distinctive orange gas plasma screens, housed in futuristic black and orange boxes. The branding extended to the file servers and printers. They were examples of pioneering industrial design, and quality workmanship. One strange quirk was that the workstation was very polite, displaying the message "Welcome to the Q1 microlite", and "Q1/Microlite at your service". Some thought and care had gone into the design and presentation of this quality computer. I was very fortunate to have a high specification file server, with a 10 Mb (7.29 mb formatted) four platter 8" hard drive, and a matching 2 Mb (1.2 mb formatted) 8 inch floppy drive. I was amused to find that the file server was fronted by two large red and green neon lights, like something from a 1960''s science fiction series. It took approximately 20-30 seconds to boot, and when the hard disc had reached the operating speed of 3,600 RPM, the green light illuminated, indicating it was online, and ready to boot the Q1 workstation. I taught myself to reset the workstation or start a cold boot after the file server had fully booted up from cold, after a few false starts. My model came with a rebranded NEC spinwriter printer, which is similar to a daisywheel but with an unusual thimble printing mechanism. Print quality was outstanding. Being a high end business computer, build quality was breathtaking compared to the 8 bit machines I used in the 1980s. I am not surprised that NASA used these computers and they were exported across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. When booting off the hard drive and communicating over the high speed (300 kb) 10-Base 2 coax network, it was a respectably fast machine. The Q1 had a distinctive boot sequence : it would boot from the floppy (if present), then off the hard drive, so it was advisable to remove the floppy disc before booting the file server. The 32K memory seemed to be the main limitation when editing large files in the EDIT editor. The Q1 appeared to page text in and out of memory, which was fine on the hard drive but less satisfactory on the 8 inch drive. I was impressed by the PL/1 compiler, a port from IBM System/360 mainframes. There was also a COBOL compiler. It must have been a huge challenge to fit these complex language compilers into a Z80 machine with a mere 32K of RAM. Finally, the quality of documentation was excellent, and they were quite speedy when connected to a dedicated Q1 file server (10 mb hard drive and 8 inch 1.2 mb floppy). I had to fashion up my own coaxial cable and solder in a T-piece terminator, but to my surprise it worked and booted up.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
STUDIO CUT
Sharp X1
company unknown - year unknown
 game -
STARHAWK
Arcade
Cinematronics - 1977
 game - 3d - shoot them up - space - star wars - vector graphics
SUPER NOVA
Tandy TRS-80
Big Five Software - 1980
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 game - shoot them up - space
FIGHT FOR LIFE (J9037E )
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari - 1996
 game - 3d - beat 'em up
GAMBLER I (BLACKJACK) (CAS-140)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba - 1978
 game - blackjack - card game - casino - gambling
NEBULA (09)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - egypt - shoot them up
IRON SOLDIER (J9026E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Eclipse Software (developer) - 1994
 game -
CHECKERED FLAG (J9007E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Rebellion (developer) - 1994
 game - car - racing
VOODOO CASTLE (VIC-1918)
Commodore Vic 20
Commodore - 1981
 game - adventure - Scott Adams adventure games - text interface - text only
TANK
Arcade
Kee Games - 1974
 game - duel - maze - tank
NINJA GAIDEN EPISODE III - THE ANCIENT SHIP OF DOOM (PA2092)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Tecmo - 1993
 game - beat 'em up - platform
THE GOONIES
Sharp X1
Konami - 1986
 game - platform
BASEBALL
Arcade
RamTek - 1974
 game - baseball - sport
RAGING TURTLE (PC/SD-204)
SD-2xx systems
SEL - 1982
 game - maze - turtle
TV HOCKEY (4 PLAYERS)
Arcade
Amutronics - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport

   RANDOM ADVERTS
French ad (jan. 1980...

SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION
6800

 
UK advert

COMMODORE
Amiga 500

 
US advert (jan. 1976...

MITS
Altair 680

 
US advert (april 198...

QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS
QDP-100

 
Spanish advert (may ...

PHILIPS
P2000 T/M

 
Advert #1

MAGNAVOX
Odyssey˛

 
UK advert

SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

OHIO SCIENTIFIC
Superboard II

 
UK advert (part 2), ...

DRAGON DATA LTD
Dragon 64

 
UK advert #2

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
US advert (april 198...

NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
french advert (may 1...

ORDISOR
PCC 2000

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

DATA SOFT
PCS 80

 
German advert #2

COMMODORE
C64

 
New Zealand ad #2

SEGA
SC 3000 / SC 3000H

 
Advert #1

SMT
Goupil G4

 
French advert

SORD
IS 11

 
French advert (july ...

ATARI
65 / 130 XE

 
Spanish advert

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Compact version

MICRODIGITAL
TK-3000

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

PANASONIC
HHC

 
French ad (1985)

TOSHIBA
PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

 
Japanese advert

TOSHIBA
PASOPIA

 
UK advert

TANDY RADIO SHACK
1000 HX

 
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