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.

Tomy reissues Atomic Pinball

Tomy pinball

Bohus and I spent an afternoon visiting thrift stores in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. We stumbled across an old 1980s Tomy Atomic Arcade Pinball at one place, and I began to reminisce about playing it in my youth. Alas, I was too lazy to plunk down the pocket change needed to make it mine.

Classic design It looks like I'll get a second chance. Tomy has reissued the machine with an up to date color scheme and new playfield graphics. The new version requires 4 D cell batteries and features the same funky electromechanical scoring and sound effects as the  1982 original (pictured on the left). It's interesting to note that the name has been shortened to Atomic Pinball; I guess no one spends time in arcades anymore.

Tomy Atomic Pinball: available at the Retro Thing store


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