An unknown computer has entered my collection
di Zazzy (28 Dic. 2003)
The computer has a very heavy aluminum case (2 kg., size 25x20x10 cm) painted in black on top and back side, with wood inserts.
It has a 12-characters red led display capable of showing numbers and letters.
The keyboard is a touch keyboard (like that of Sinclair ZX 81 for example). Keys layout is not a standard QWERTY, rather the letters are in alphabetical order. Red keys are used to provide a numeric keypad (on the left) and a set of function keys with specific functions like: “Naechster schritt” (to browse messages on the display), “Zeit” and “Datum” to set internal clock, etc (on the right).
On the bottom, the computer has a serial number (53385). There is nothing like a company brand. On the power adapter (which I cannot guarantee to be the original one) there is a label mentioning TUEV – Bayern and it says “made in west Germany, the power supply is 220V 50Hz (European).
At startup the computer shows the following German message that scrolls through the display: “ICH BIN IHR COMPUTER SEKRETAER – MEIN HERTZ IST EIN MIKROPROZESSOR – BEDIENUNGSANLEITUNG LESEN – NEW PROGRAMMIERE – TASTE – NAECHSTER SCHRITT – DRUCKEN” which should translate into something like “I'm your computer assistant – my heart is one microprocessor – initializing – program anew – press NAECHSTER SCHRITT key”. After this the computer prompts for time and date and it allows you to check your daily schedule. From what I saw the computer is a very simple organizer which allows you to store day-based information. Since the computer cannot save data on a permanent storage, I guess all is lost if you switch this off.
Thanks for your attention.