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1944GPW
July 15th, 2014, 04:13 AM
Claimed as the world's first desktop computer (to me it seems to be more of a programmable calculator) the Olivetti Programma 101 was demonstrated at the 1964 World's Fair and eventually sold 44000 units.
This interesting and enjoyable documentary about it aired on SBS TV in Australia recently, not sure if everyone can get to it but if you can, it's worth watching before it finishes in a few days:
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/292638787889

Steve.

Tor
July 15th, 2014, 05:59 AM
Doesn't seem to be available - I tried from Norway and London.

tkc8800
July 16th, 2014, 02:13 AM
Claimed as the world's first desktop computer (to me it seems to be more of a programmable calculator) the Olivetti Programma 101 was demonstrated at the 1964 World's Fair and eventually sold 44000 units.
This interesting and enjoyable documentary about it aired on SBS TV in Australia recently, not sure if everyone can get to it but if you can, it's worth watching before it finishes in a few days:
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/292638787889

Steve.

Yeah, I watched it on SBS on demand, great program. I'd never heard of this machine and didn't really know much about Olivetti. Pretty amazing that they built a desktop computer from scratch a good ten years before the Altair.