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 Bakelite Antenna


I've had this antenna for a long time - it might be one of the first things I ever got from a thrift store when I was a kid.  It's got everything - coiled up springies, matte steel antennas, Bakelite base, and a multi-position Frankenstein switch.  This'll bake your noodle - I still use this for TV reception.

I've got a modern $30 powered antenna, and it doesn't do any better than this Flash Gordon pairing of Bakelite & tinplate that I got for a quarter.   The chicken-head switch (seriously - that's what they're called...) does help clean up the signal depending on the channel I'm watching. 

Bakelite_ant_02Not sure what it does inside, but I've had newer antennas where the switch didn't seem to do anything.  I guess that the reassuring clicks are there to let you feel like you've got a chance in hell of tuning in Star Trek where this antenna might appear as a prop!

Antennas are back in the HD age


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