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: The Commodore PET 64 'Frankenputer'

PET 64 I learned to program on an original Commodore PET 2001, and then grew up worshiping the Commodore 64. So what could be better than combining the two?

The PET was quite popular in schools because of its reasonable price and tank-like all-in-one design. Commodore tried to follow up by marketing the C64 in the educational market, but met with limited success because of its home-computerish dimensions and rats-nest of cabling.

Some clever soul at Commodore decided to combine the case and monitor from the PET 4000 series with a Commodore 64 motherboard. The resulting offspring was labeled the PET 64 (or Educator 64) and marketed to schools. They retained the 3-voice analog synthesizer (although it drove a tinny built-in speaker), and the C-64's beautiful color palette was rendered as varying shades of green.

I'd love to get my hands on one of these -- it would make a unique chipmusic synthesizer.

The C64 is Schoolbound... (Bo Zimmerman)


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