I've just discovered the most amazing website - amongst other things they have info on kits you can purchase that recreate the original personal computers.
I'm in "hog-heaven" because I've just discovered the most amazing website. But, before we talk about that, there are a couple of other things I need to mention (I simply cannot write blogs fast enough to cover all of the mega-cool stuff that's racing across my desktop).
1: First of all, do you recall my previous blog titled On 1 Jan 2008 I walked 6.5 miles in freezing weather!. In this piece, I waffled on in excruciating detail about my recent Nike+ iPod acquisition. Well, Rich Nass of Embedded.com fame immediately emailed me to say:
I liked your blog, but I can't believe you didn't reference my recent Tear Down on a Wearable Training System
Eeek, my bad. This is a very interesting tear down of the Nike SDM Triax Elite, which is a four-piece set that you use/wear while walking or running to tell how far you've gone and how fast, what your heart rate is, and so forth. Of course, this is completely different to the Nike+ iPod kit I was talking about, but it's jolly interesting all the same.
2: Next, did you ever see my blog from a couple of years ago titled Bubblz the Clown, is that you? As you may remember, at that time I discovered that an old friend and workmate had given up her engineering career and set off in a new profession as a clown (this is not the sort of news one tends to hear every day).
Well, I just heard that Caroline now specializes in visiting nurseries and primary schools around England teaching math concepts by means of soapy water and colored latex. In fact, she was featured in a Times Educational Supplement. Furthermore, as I pen these words she's currently speaking at a math conference in Poland. Check out her new website at www.bubblztheclown.co.uk.
3: Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if the Doors had made a Christmas-themed medley of their songs? Of course you haven't. Neither had I, until I saw This Video on YouTube. This is absolutely brilliant. And while we're on this topic, there's another item that presents some really amazing Male Vocals. I really wish I could sing like this (not the high-pitched ones, you understand).
4: But all of the above is not what I came here to talk to you about. As I mentioned earlier, I've just discovered the most amazing website called Retro Thing at www.RetroThing.com that features vintage gadgets and technology (including modern incarnations of these little rascals.
There is an absolute treasure-trove of information here. You could lose yourself for days. For example, if you go to the Classic Computing section and scroll down the page a little, you'll find an item titled: KENBAK-1: Recreating the Original Personal Computer. If you've never heard of this, many people consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercially available personal computer. Anyway, it seems that this machine has been released as a $999 reproduction (see also my personal Timeline of Calculators, Computers, and 'Stuff').
But don't stop here. Keep on scrolling down the page to read about the Briel KIM-1 8-bit Home Computer Clone, which sells for $99 in kit form ($149 fully assembled). And there's so much more to this site ... don't wait up for me, I may be gone for some time!
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