After finding that plastic electrical Triumph-Adler Gabriele 110 and giving it a fast cleaning to get rid of the stickiness, it of course needed to be tested. I plugged in the cord, pulled the switch over and heard the sound of a booting printer. Yugh!
r3boot gave me some paper and I inserted it. After writing ten lines I was done with it. The touch didn’t speak to me at all. It was just pressing buttons and hearing a “bzztclack” when the letter gets printed. I cannot see what’s happening, nor feel it. Must admit I made a couple of bad typo’s too because either my finger slipped onto another key or I got confused when typing real fast while the letters didn’t get printed in an equally pace. Overall, it felt too much like a computer to me, to be able to like it.
So, I handed it over to r3boot. He typed and typed and typed and then spoke the magical words: “You’re not getting it back, I’m going to keep this thing. It’s amazing!” followed by more ramblings about how amazing he thinks it is, what he’s going to do with it and that he needs to buy more spare cartridges for future use. Ehm… what now? This is really happening? Yes indeed, I could only BORROW IT and bring it back home if I promised NOT to screw it open. I only got permission to fiddle around with it’s features for use of this blog post. And thus the insurgency continues!
To be fully honest, this was quite expectable. r3boot collects computer hardware from the seventies and eighties, including keyboards like the Compaq/Digital Cherry and the Sun type 5 and 6. He’s crazy about anything Digital-branded (or RISC-processed) and this TA Gabriele feels just the same. It’s a teeny tiny bit lighter, maybe because the TA Gabriele isn’t worn out yet, but it’s very VERY similar. So it perfectly fits his collection and I will happily hand it over to him after finishing this blog post. ;-)
The Gabrielle 110 is the successor to the model 100. It’s completely build out of plastic and of course some electrical cords. There is also a DS version made of both models with have an LCD display and @-sign. Technically, there isn’t a difference between the 100 and the 110. Unfortunately, this still didn’t help me to find anything about the 110 anywhere.
Back of the machine shows that it was made in Czech Republic. According to the still existing TA website their ‘international partner’ is located in Prague. Head office was and is still located in Nuremberg (West-Germany). Since it’s an electric, it has all kinds of nice features like; underlined per character or word and bold, it even has a couple of LED’s. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of the special effects activated, so you’ll just have to do with this type sample below.