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.

Classic Nintendo Entertainment System controllers on a modern PC

Nintendo USB
There are some great Nintendo Entertainment System emulators for the PC, but the games just don't feel authentic using a keyboard or modern joystick controller. RetroZone's USB NES RetroPort ($22) solves the problem by adding an NES port to your computer. It's compatible with Win XP and 2K as well as Mac OS 9 and OS X.

You can add a pair of RetroPorts for multiplayer fun, and it'll work with all standard NES controllers and clones. Sadly, it doesn't work with the Zapper. I guess I'll have to break out the real thing for my next Duck Hunt tournament. There's also a version for Super NES, also priced at $22. My only gripe is the price - the idea of forking out more than $5 to use my 20-year-old controllers just doesn't feel right.

[update: An anonymous commenter just pointed out lots of USB-modded NES controllers for sale on eBay. Click here for a current list.]

RetroZone USB NES RetroPort controller interface


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