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.

Retro Gaming Hacks

Somehow I missed the release of Chris Kohler's Retro Gaming Hacks back in October 2005. This clever 502-page tome offers 85 "hard-nosed hacks for reviving the classic games." He takes a look at original hardware alongside modern emulation techniques, but not before starting with a quick look at the history of home gaming consoles such as the Magnavox Odyssey, Atari's Pong, the Mattel Intellivision and a myriad of others (including my all-time favorite, the Vectrex).

While the book touches upon acquiring and using classic systems and boards (for example, Hack #6 focuses on repairing "toaster" style NES consoles), the main focus is emulation. Kohler excels at navigating the minefields of vintage emulation and shows you how go squeeze an authentic vintage gaming experience out of a modern PC. Of course, there are some strange hacks, too, such as emulating an Atari 800 on a Dreamcast console (I'm sure a few of you have one lying around).

"Want to game on an original system? Kohler shows you how to hack ancient hardware, and includes a primer for home-brewing classic software. Rather adapt today's equipment to run retro games? Kohler provides emulation techniques, complete with instructions for hacking a classic joystick that's compatible with a contemporary computer. This book also teaches readers to revive old machines for the original gaming experience: hook up an Apple II or a Commodore 64, for example, and play it like you played before."

Retro Gaming Hacks: Tips & Tools for Playing the Classics


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