That's a Minolta PCW1 Word processor of Minolta Camera Co. Ltd
The "computer part" is in fact a PC with 512kBytes memory and a 80186 CPU running DOS 2.11 and proprietary word processing (or, rather: typewriter emulation) software written by a company named Carlisle Systems. The printer part apparently is a NEC daisy-wheel OEM module. The two ...
This is an example of BBC BASIC with inline (6502) assembler code. The computer in use would have been a BBC Microcomputer, manufactured by Acorn Computers Ltd.
The display was probably a studio monitor of some sort. These could be driven directly using either the RGB output or the composite video output of the microcomputer. It is likely that the actual ...
I'm trying to identify what kind of machine this is. It looks like an Amiga of some kind,
It's a Commodore C64-II also known as C64C:
The mouse seams to be an Apple ADB mouse (Type A9M0331), sold from 1986 until the mid 1990s:
but I can't read "Amiga" anywhere on the front. Maybe the brand was removed.
If you look into the lower right, you'll ...
Is this a real system? Which one?
No, it's most likely not a specific machine but a setup to look contemporary.
I've come across several computers. (They all look extremely similar.)
The usual way of game designers to speed up development: Reuse of props.
[or] is it just designed in the style of a DEC
That seems to be the purpose. ...
Those are PCMCIA adapters. With laptops, a single PCMCIA card was narrower than Ethernet (or phone lines). You could get a 2 card thing (but I don't recall any from 3COM)
shows an example of 2 card Xircom (which had RJ-45 direct input but meant you couldn't use any other PCMCIA cards) and the narrower 3COM with the port your ...
That looks like the ColecoVision port of the arcade game Zaxxon.
In the scene you mentioned, the character definitely seems to be holding a ColecoVision controller with the joystick knob, side buttons and keypad. :)
Via TinEye, I found this image on a Snopes FACT CHECK page: Claim: Photograph shows RAND Corporation’s 1954 design for a home computer.
It's a hoax image, a composite of a submarine maneuvering room console used in a FARK.com image modification competition in 2004.
The original and real image:
Most likely this one in a custom case. It was made/sold by now defunct Maplin as one of their early own computer products in 1981. It was available as PCB only, Kit or Assembled product. Its larger cousin, the 'Full Size Keyboard' was described in detail in their Maplin Projects Book Three of 1983 on p.28.
Excerpt from the Maplin price list of Nov/1982:
Having taken a look at the film it does not appear that the "MANIAC" depicted is the same as the real MANIAC I. The "MANIAC" computer appears at about 18 minutes into the film.
What is actually shown in the film are two IBM punched card processing machines (models 101 and 402) along with the Standards Western Automatic Computer1 at the ...
Is that computer based on a real one or are there any records of computers resembling that?
Yes and no.
There is no computer exactly like the one shown, but Coleco was a successful video game company, rivaling Atari with their ColecoVison system. It may have been the best system available in 1982, selling half a million units between August and Christmas.
The game is zaxxon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaxxon), an isometric shooter arcade game, developed and released by Sega in 1981.
Comparing the image with the screenshots at https://www.mobygames.com/game/zaxxon/screenshots, the version from the film appear to be the coleco vision/adam or msx version.
The Memotech MTX, if you believe its Wikipedia page. Your assumption about the graphics is correct: it's a machine that uses much the same hardware as an MSX, including exactly the same video processor, but unwittingly and therefore without being compatible.
The lettering to the right of the CPU identifies the board:
It's a "SMD Control" board for a Nicolet Instruments FT-IR spectrometer, not a memory board (that's a separate board). More details here: https://se-source.com/nicolet-ftir-parts/
I inquired about the CPU over on ee.se. The chip appears to be an AMD Am386DX-25.
Compare the lower printed number (107M7NX and 107M7NZ), the fonts used, the logo at the bottom-right, and the laser-etched number (23936).
Source: computerbase.de via @SpehroPefhany's answer on ee.se
@njuffa has pointed out that the logo laser-etched ...
These were designed for 3COM Megahertz networking PCMCIA cards (aka PC cards). These were add-on cards for laptops that didn't have internal network adapters. See bottom device on this picture on Wikimedia.
Some versions of these cards were equipped with a small pop-up female Ethernet connector (the original XJACK), which obviated the need for these dongles....
As @Raffzahn answers, this is probably a concocted image made to look like various real DEC setups. The attached image is of a PDP-12. You can see the heavy tilt towards DECtapes. You also see an object in the lower image that might be an oscilloscope.
(Image taken from Ed Thelens great site)
Before I give my guess, let's see what we have so far:
Apart from the picture links in the question, we also have this link Grace Hopper demonstrating COBOL at Programming Department (Thank you @uoho).
Most links places the picture as circa 1960 or 1957 and several also mentions COBOL.
From the WW2DB link in the question, we can see that in this time frame ...
[So far not an Answer, just a pointer from some Google supported memory - nice question research BTW]
There are other scenes showing the terminals, for example later on, when he get's his first pay check (and the idea to round up pennies) like seen in this Youtube clip. Here they are setup in a data center (*1). Notable point here are the disk drives in the ...
It was for Microsoft 8K BASIC for Altair.
You're right that Nova BASIC didn't/wouldn't use POKE: it wasn't a keyword in either Single User BASIC (1970) or the later Extended BASIC. But Basic Computer Games Microcomputer Edition on page 158 says it was written on a DG Nova 800 …
On the next page, though, the program listing states:
180 REM *** CONVERTED TO ...
I think you're thinking of the Science fair microcomputer trainer:
which had a TMS1100 as the processor (if not there is the digital computer kit on the previous catalog page but I don't think that matches your description).
This page has some more details
From left to right:
DEC VT100 family terminal, which may have been connected to some other system or in VT180 form, which was a VT100 with a card that turned it into a standalone computer.
IBM PC 5150
It's likely part of the Bell Model VI relay computer, installed at Bell Labs in 1949. This was a revision of the massive Model V designed and built by Bell, which were installed at NACA (1946) and BRL (1947).
The test panel next to Shannon is very similar to this Model V control panel (missing its fascia). This is not much of a help to identification, ...
The "p" program shown is a rudimentary pager (just stopped each 22 lines to wait to hit enter - 22 was chosen because some tools formatted output into 66-line pages with headers and footers) that appears in Research Unix v8 and onward, which suggests that what was being shown was the then-current version of Research Unix (this was three years before v8 was ...
SAGA or Sistemi Avanzati Gestione Aziendale was (?) an Italian software companiy based in Rome. The name may be translated as "Advanced Business Management Systems" (Literally Systems Advanced Management Corporate). I'm not sure if they ever sold just computers (or made them at all), as their business was about company software like bookkeeping, ...
Apart from the unrecognized branding on the CPU (ceramic; upper-right in photo) chip, this appears to be a bog standard ISA '386 motherboard, probably running at 25 MHz.
CPU looks like the right packaging for a 80386
Empty 80387 FPU socket
Quadtel "386" BIOS with appropriate late-80s Copyright
50.0MHz oscillator adjacent to CPU; usually provided ...
This is one of dozens (hundreds?) of luggable designs that came out of Taiwan and other far east nations in the late 80s/early 90s before everything reverted back to the AT case style. The case was generic and you could put in any compatibly sized mobo, which were also widely available. The "Tri Data" might be a local company or computer shop, anyone could ...
Found this while browsing one of the links on the "laptops with mini-diskette drives" question:
It appears to be a generic 80186-based IBM PC AT clone, distributed as "Tava Flyer". I couldn't find any meaningful information about Tava Corp. (Irvine California, apparently), except that they existed in 1983 and are no longer active. Some ...