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.

The Lego Turntable

The inexorable march of time means that those precious devices that defined our lives become the curious playthings of the next generation. Where you and I might debate the finer points of turntable manufacture, the youths in this video figured out how to build one out of Lego.

Here's a great little project using advanced Technic Lego blocks, a Lego motor, and a few other sundries that might have come from the kitchen drawer. Their unlikely device does work. The spindly fellow plays barely audible music (good music choice, by the way) using the same principles as the earliest limited fidelity platter spinners.

Will the be the future of records? Relegated to science fairs, and celebrated as an arcane oddity on morning chat shows? No matter what the future may hold, the boys should be very proud of keeping vinyl music alive in their own way.  Though I wonder how quickly that pride will transform to abject fear once Dad sees what they've done to his Ozzy records.

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