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.

Retro Watches Don't Have To Be Old Or Expensive

Vostok. A ticking package from Russia.

Watches are beautiful machines that can last a lifetime if well cared for. Many of the world’s best timepieces come from Switzerland, but remember that even a lowly $19 Casio calculator watch keeps almost perfect time and should last a decade or more.

My advice? Keep it cheap. It’s possible to find brand new mechanical watches with jeweled mechanisms for under $100 (like the brilliant Seiko 5 series). Several Russian companies also make decent mechanical timepieces based on vintage Swiss designs, although quality can vary considerably.

Get your nerd on.

Digital watches are a dime a dozen these days. Drop by a low-end department store and you’ll find dozens of choices for less than $20. But don’t forget that 30 years ago digital displays were new and exciting. People marveled at tiny glowing LED digits. There has been a recent resurgence of affordable LED watches, probably driven by a realization that they can now be produced for next to nothing. I suspect this trend will soon flow into low-end department stores as well, so don’t bother spending lots. Just wait a few months and you might be able to pick up a new LED watch for next to nothing at a post-Christmas blowout sale.


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