Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Merry Christmas, All


Christmas always makes me realize just how short a year is. It seems like only a couple of months pass before the decorations come back out of storage and the presents go under the tree.

This has been a fantastic year for the Retro Thing gang. You might have noticed that Bohus was scarce most of the spring and summer, and it was with good reason. He was instrumental in putting together a clever and irreverent morning TV show for Tribune Broadcasting. The good news is that things are now a bit less hectic in his world and he's excited about once again pushing the frontiers of all things vintage.

I've been hard at work designing consumer electronics gear, and I'm looking forward to a slightly tamer year to come. Hopefully one that doesn't involve quite so many blinking LEDs or as much assembly language programming.

Even though we didn't have as much time to dedicate to the site this year, our readership remained strong with about 3,550,000 page views. One thing's for sure -- we've enjoyed reading your comments, insights, emails and story ideas in 2011.

Thanks and Happy Holidays.


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