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.

Oddball Micros: Jupiter ACE

JupiteraceThe incredible success of the Sinclair ZX81 led many manufacturers into the dangerous world of cheap and cheery low-end computers. The Jupiter ACE was the doomed child of one of these expeditions.

The ace up Jupiter’s sleeve (groan) was that instead of including a built in BASIC language interpreter, it was based on a nifty but obscure language called FORTH. This must have been very cool for the engineers who developed the system, but the public accepted it with about as much glee as they'd accord to a three-week-old rotting fish.

Pity, because the £89.95 machine was a respectable piece of work. It could generate beeps and included 3K of memory (expandable to a rather odd 51K). A useless factoid: the machine’s designers also worked on the Sinclair Spectrum.

Jupiter ACE resource site


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