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.

Convergence VII: Radio Shack TV Boom Box


It's been a while since I've ridiculed "convergence", but it's always on my mind.  I've been wondering for a while whether to include boom boxes with TV's built in.  There were quite a few models of portable radio (or "portavision" as the above unit is imaginatively labelled) impregnated with a little television and I've been haggling whether to call it convergence or not because:

A. I really like these boomboxes for some reason
B. Putting a TV in a boombox doesn't seem like such a bad idea.

It's still convergence though unless you want to say that there's a precedent of combining TV's and radio's in those giant old console cabinets... but I digress.

Since a boombox was often used as a dorm or bedroom stereo (this is before those crummy bookshelf systems, of course) putting in a television seems smart.  The screen is small so you have to be pretty close, but that'll let the stereo TV sound envelop you (I guess). 

While people think that the Sony PSP and the iPod Video are innovations in watching TV on the go, I hasten to point out that all you need is $30 worth of D cells and you're ready to take this guy on the road.  So you can't watch Rocketboom on it, I grant you, but it's probably the least grating way to watch American Idol.

It's my favorite horror host on the TV - wrote him up in Retro Thing a while back


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