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 Hong Kong Addiction


I know this has nothing to do with vintage technology, but I'm obsessed with a little mail-order technology shop in Hong Kong called Deal Extreme.

They offer an amazing array of gadgetry ranging from sensible things like batteries and electronic parts to kooky stuff like Neodymium magnetic spheres and magic supplies. Shipping is free, although you'll have to wait a few weeks for packages to reach North America or Europe by air mail.

I couldn't resist picking up the OneStation handheld game console (above). It emulates a variety of classic NES and SEGA Genesis titles and sells for under $30. The company also offers solid deals on flash memory cards. I picked up a Kensington MicroSD card for peanuts recently. It seems to be the genuine article and works perfectly in my camera.

All in all, I'm impressed. I've placed half a dozen orders with the company over the past year and always received what I expected within a reasonable time.

Deal Extreme: Cool Gadgets at the right price


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