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.

Weekend Retro Roundup

Let's start the weekend off right with a couple of vintage crash tests -- an old VW Beetle and classic Golf. Sadly, neither fared particularly well. Thank goodness for modern computer-designed crumple zones and airbags.

- Hack-A-Day recently featured a USB-equipped Commodore 64 modded to work as a standard PC keyboard. Given the nightmarish ergonomics of the C-64, I'm not sure this is a good idea. There's also a writeup on an insanely complicated Intel 8008-based clock.  

Grade 2 art project?

- Rob Beschizza seems to be re-targeting Boing Boing Gadgets at the arts & crafts crowd with a completely daft felt netbook sleeve reminiscent of an old NES controller. Inexplicably, I find myself drawn to its fuzzy retro cuteness.

- Ace Fairlight technician Peter Wielk is selling a fully expanded Fairlight Series III Computer Music Instrument on eBay, currently at $7,900. It's equipped with 32 MB of sample memory, a 4 GB hard drive and 16 voices. Shipping to the USA from Oz is a whopping $630 extra.

- Chiron Bramberger tells us, "A while back I wanted to see if I could turn e-waste into something fun, so I designed an effects pedal from the guts of an old modem." The result is the tremendously cool Dragonfly, an all-analog effects pedal that combines recycled components with demented chrome-plated skull knobs.

Oh, and I just discovered that my Essential Retro gadget book is now 10% off at Amazon. Only $17.95, with free shipping on orders over $25. If you love this site, please support us by buying a copy. We're also considering a run of Retro Thing t-shirts. Anyone interested?

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