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.

21st Century Punched Tape Reader

Azog writes, "This guy re-created a punched tape reader. There are slim details about it, but he is apparently also selling them on e-bay."

I'm not sure what appeals to me most about the TR-01 paper tape reader — its simplicity or the renewed ability to retrieve and store data on gigantic paper reels.

It features a parallel interface and reads 8-bit data words. A bare board with light source is available for $100, or you can purchase a fully assembled version for $180. At first glance the TR-01 seems like a novelty, but it's also an inexpensive and reliable way to read old paper tape files from the dawn of the microcomputer era.

Besides, it's wickedly cool.

TR-01 Paper Tape Reader [Retro PC Desgn]


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