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.

Real Safe For Your Treasures


I don't know what the financial situation is with kids today, all I know is that I see way too many young children with multi-hundred dollar iPods and telephones.  Back in my day having a nickel was like having fifty dollars.  Okay - that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but I'm a penny pincher from way back and I always needed someplace safe to keep my lucre.

Piggy banks and tinplate band-aid boxes were nice for secreting away money from grandma, but they just don't afford the security a mini vault does.  Just like the safes threatened by highway robbers and cartoon cowboys, these mini vaults Vaults04are made of real steel with a nice big combination lock dial on the front.

The level of "security" varies on these vaults.  This yellow cash box mostly relies on a psychological barrier for thieves to chisel through.  It has a dial  combination, but it's only there to confuse your enemies because it doesn't do anything- you still need a key to access your treasure. 

Vaults02The dual door vault is best out of all of these for concealing your Lego-sized gold bullion.  It has dual combination wheels (Psych! Only one does anything), and opening the door triggers an alarm bell.  That may seem elaborate till you realize that this is a Mosler Junior - Mosler was a maker of real safes all the way back to 1867.

Vaults03I lost the combination to the one of these that actually has my money in it, so pardon me while I sandpaper my fingertips, put on my stethoscope - and hum "The Entertainer" and "There Goes a Tenner".  Be "safe" everybody!

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Here's a larger safe with alarm system


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