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Have a trip down memory lane re-discovering your old computer, console or software you used to have.

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RCA Fred 2
This Fred 2 computer is a prototype designed by Joseph Weisbecker, engineer at RCA. He already imagined several early computer designs before this Fred 2 model, such as the System 00 or the original Fred concept.

Fred is rather a concept imagined by Joseph Weisbecker for educational computer able to play games. This concept emerged in several hardware versions through time. The first models could be dates as early as 1970 or 1971 !

Unlike the System 00 which used only small-scale digital T…



BANDAI TV Jack 5000
The TV Jack 5000 from Bandai released in 1978 is one of the first cartridge based system from Japan.

It’s the equivalent of european and american systems like the Hanimex SD-050, Acetronic Color TV Game, Prinztronic Micro 5500, SHG Blackpoint, Binatone Cablestar, Radofin telesports, etc. There have been tons of systems like these.

The TV Jack 5000, like all these systems, use cartridges based on General Instruments chipsets which offers different games on each chip. That’s why all these sy…



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.

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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…


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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…



HOLBORN 9100
The Holborn System 9100/9200 computer was a Dutch product (“born in Holland”) consisting of a science-fiction style desk-top display/keyboard unit, a processor box with two or four 8″ floppy drives and a printer. The processor was a Z80 with 64k of address space, making it necessary to apply bank-switching.

There were two versions : the larger one used a proprietary multi-user operating system, one feature of which was the use of a lightpen for much the same purposes as today’s mouse. The sma…



BAINBRIDGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, INC. Dolphin
The BRD systems were probably among the first personal accounting systems. They featured a mass storage drive and a Teletype or ‘intelligent’ Olivetti typewriter as a data entry/printing device.

Three version of the BRD systems were available:
The Small Fry, the smallest system in the family. It used tape catridges for data storage.
The larger capacity Dolphin and Purpoise. Both had dual 8″ floppy disk drive.

About the BRD systems family, Randy Larson repo…



ATARI  1450 XLD
The Atari 1450 XLD has the same characteristics as the Atari 1400 XL.

Like the 1400 XL, it has a built-in modem (Bell 103 compatible, 300 baud) and the speech synthesiser chip (SC-02). Contrary to the other Atari, it uses a parallel disk drive controller (a much faster arrangement) instead of the SIO interface.

Apparently The 1450 was not released because they were having problems getting the parallel disk drive controller to work properly….



ELEKTRONSKA INDUSTRIJA NIS  PECOM 32
The information on this page comes from Bostjan Lemut.

Ei NIS means Elektronska industrija Nis.
ROM was devided into 12KB for Basic and 3.4KB for OS.

RAM could be extended for 16KB more, also 16KB ROM was available with an editor and assembler….



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…



SEGA Dreamcast
The Dreamcast, as it would come to be known, was the result of two competing development projects. Two teams, one from Japan and one from America, were tasked with creating a new console, mainly to get a head start in the next gen battle after the Saturn’s lack of success.

The machines were quite similar with both teams settling on the Hitachi SH-4 for the CPU, the main difference being the choice of manufacturer for the graphics chip. The Japanese team…



KONIX Multisystem
The Konix multisystem console, also known as the Konix slipstream, was a joint development between 2 british businesses, Flare Technology and Konix. Konix were on a high in 1988 after the success of their Joystick range and well known through gaming channels. Flare Technology was formed by 3 ex-Sinclair engineers, all of whome were involved in the aborted Loki “Super Spectrum”, which was shelved after Sinclair sold the computer division to Amstrad. Not wanting their work to be wasted, they for…



EACA  VIDEO GENIE 1 / EG-3003
The Genie 1 was compatible with the Tandy TRS-80 Model I.

A 5.25″ floppy disk drive (100 KB, 40 tracks). However, 80 track double-sided drives could be used if the operating system supported it. Due to some poor design, only 3 drives could be used and the last drive had to be single-sided. In fact the limitations of the floppy disks depended on the controller. Some controllers were able to drive up to 4 double sided disks. There also was a ‘doubler’ device ava…



INTEL SDK-85
Each time Intel launched a new microprocessor, they provided simultaneously a System Development Kit (SDK) allowing computer company ingineers as well as university students to introduce them to the new processor concepts and features.

The SDK-85 was a complete 8085A (5 for ‘first 5 Volt microprocessor’) microcomputer system on a single board including ROM and RAM memory, a 24 key hexadecimal keyboard, a 6 digit LED display, I/O connections and an expansion area allowing…


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