Tuesday, October 21, 2008

eBay - HeathKit Educational Systems Hero 2000 Robot

I am always watching eBay for interesting vintage technology. Here is a vintage robot that I have never seen before. Its the HeathKit Educational Systems Hero 2000 Robot. Below is an except from the auction: "The unit is in good cosmetic condition with some wear present from previous use but overall looks structurally sound. The unit is in unknown working condition as we do not have the means here to test it. Also some of the wires are cut on the top of the unit are cut."

Here is some more information on this robot.

Know Your Meme: All Your Base

Rocketboom does a great job in explaining the history behind the phrase "All Your Base Are Belong To Us". For those of you who don't know what a Meme is, here's an article from Wikipedia.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Commodore 64 Orchestra

The C64 orchestra is reviving, in classical form, the music from classic Commodore 64games from the 1980's.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The World’s First MP3 Player (c. 1998)

Team Teabag! reports: "Today we all take MP3 players for granted. iPods are ubiquitous, mobile phones can play the format, even most new car stereos support MP3 right off the showroom floor. But it wasn’t always like this - Back in 1998, highly illegal sites like Audiofind were giving away artist’s songs quite openly and completely for free in pretty poor-sounding 112 and 128KBps MP3 format, and we were downloading them with our 56K modems - often taking up to half an hour a time."

This is not the first article that I have read that states MPMan was the first MP3 player. Although the first hard drive based MP3 player was invented by Compaq (according to this article).