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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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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….



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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CANON  AS-100
The AS-100 is a 16-bit professional computer based on the Intel 8088 CPU. It has 128 KB RAM, built-in speaker, optional 8087 math co-processor and real time clock. The whole system (monitor + disks + keyboard) weights more than 30 Kg! The AS-100 is not a real IBM compatible system. It can use MS-DOS as its Operating System but that’s all.

The computer can display 25 lines of 80 columns, or 640 x 400 pixels, with 8 colours from a total of 27. The character matrix consists of 9 x 7 pixels. The…



CONVEX COMPUTER CORP. C3800
The C3800 belonged to the C3 series which included the Convex C3200, C3400, C3800 scallable supercomputers. Scallable means that the computer power scales up with the number of installed processors and the amount of shared memory. Such systems were also made by IBM, Cray, HP.

The Convex 3800 used advanced technology gallium arsenide gate arrays. The Basic system held two processors, 512 Mbytes of RAM and 34 GB of disk capacity. It was air-cooled. Its higher speed was of 240 Mflops (Million…



NEC  TurboGrafx-16/Turbografx
Released in 1989, the TurboGrafx-16 was the American name for the PC Engine.

Originally marketed as a competitor for the NES, it sold well initially, but never achieved the same success the PC Engine enjoyed in Japan.

Games for the TG-16 came on credit card sized TurboChips, similar to the cards that could be used on the original Master System.

TG-16 games have a distinct s…



OHIO SCIENTIFIC  Challenger 1P
Ohio Scientific, based in Ohio, USA, were the makers of the Superboard II. The Challenger 1P and Challenger IIP-MF were essentially cased versions of this single board system with integrated keyboard, a single 5Volt power supply and the first 6502 version of Microsoft BASIC interpreter.

An optional floppy disk controller and a extra 24K of ram for this unit was available using a 610 expansion board.

The C1P-MF was an upgraded version of the C1P having 20 KB of RAM and one 90 …



PHILIPS  VG 8235
The Philips VG-8235 belongs to the MSX 2 standard.

For its release, Philips presented the VG-8235 as the first link of their audio-video-micro concept, being able to use the newly announced CD-i system, but few VG-8235 were actually seen connected to a CD-i.

It was the successor of the the short-lived VG 8230, wich only had 64K RAM and a single sided disk drive.

Contrary to other MSX computers, the Philips used a custom chip for the sound i…



ISOT EC-1035
Very little information about this Bulgarian mainframe used by big East European companies as an industrial or information management system.

It was partially compatible with IBM mainframe and could also share programs and data with the russian Minsk-32. It could run in multiprogram mode thanks to its virtual memory.

The ISOT brand name means ‘State Economic Alliance’

Thanks to Bojidar Stefanov for information and picture….



ENGLISH ELECTRIC CO. DEUCE
The DEUCE (Digital Electronic Universal Computing Engine) was an early British Computer manufactured by the English Electric Company in the 50s from designs used by the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (N.P.L.) for the ACE Pilot Model (Automatic Computing Engine).

Physically, the DEUCE consisted of a cabinet, roughly 10′ x 8′ x 6′, which housed all the circuitry needed and had the console at one end. Sti…



COMMODORE  PET 2001
The Commodore PET 2001 was a very successful machine. Four models were made: early 4KB models, the PET 2001-8N with 8 KB RAM, PET 2001-16N with 16 KB RAM and the PET 2001-32N with 32K RAM. This mchine was conceived by Chuck Peddle who later joined Tandon, a drive manufacturer.

Trivia from Dave Lundberg:
The static RAMs in the early 2001’s got so hot that they would often “crawl” up out of their sockets over time. The “official” solution? Re-seat the chips and …



ROLLET Video Secam System (4/303)
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 hardwired controllers with one analog joystick and one fire button each. The control panel is composed of 10 orange buttons to select the different games offered by each cartridge (10 being the maximum). Dif…



SEGA Genesis
The Mega Drive was renamed Genesis for its 1989 American launch.

Lack of awareness of the TurboGrafx-16 left the NES as the Genesis’ biggest competitor until the release of the SNES. By this time the Genesis had established a large user base and was able to outsell the SNES in America. Shortly after the release of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (on Sonic 2’s Day, which as you probably gu…


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