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.

My favorite iPod accessory yet


The essence of iPodness is that you get to carry weeks of music in the tiniest package possible. That's why it's funny to see the mad rush of companies trying to outdo each other by releasing iPod docks that are anything but Nano in stature.

The Specktone dock is notable because it steals styling cues from 1960s hi-fi and toaster ovens. It's available in Gothic black, pea green, and refrigerator white for a not-so-cheap $149. The amplifier offers "analog" audio reproduction that promises to be fully compatible with human ears (which are also analog, after all). I can't wait for the version with a Digital Brain Plug.

Here are the Speckifications: 28-watts, wood construction and a single volume knob. One last important note: it's incompatible with first, second or third generation iPods like the one I have. It figures.

Specktone and other Speck products


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