Benj Edwards

Benj Edwards is a freelance writer who specializes in computer and video game history. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to vintage technology.


This Old Tech: Exploring the lost world of Prodigy

This Old Tech: Exploring the lost world of Prodigy

We take a time-travel tour of an early and colorful online service that presaged the web.

This old tech: The Toshiba T1000 was my first step into the world of MS-DOS

This old tech: The Toshiba T1000 was my first step into the world of MS-DOS

The year was 1987, and the Toshiba T1000 was a 6.4-pound IBM PC clone that you could fit into a briefcase. But wait'll you see the battery on this thing.

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Windows through the ages

A Brief History of WindowsIn 1985, Microsoft released version 1.0 of the graphical desktop operating system known as Windows. Over the next 25 years, the industry would see over 16 significant versions of the now-ubiquitous OS. In...

9 awesome photos of school computer labs from the 1980s

9 awesome photos of school computer labs from the 1980s

It was the golden age of personal computers. The hardware was massive—as was the impact on the computing industry.

The 17 best educational games of the 70s, 80s and 90s

The 17 best educational games of the 70s, 80s and 90s

How many did you play as a kid? Enjoy these 17 hits of nostalgia as you send your own children back to school.

The Apple Family Tree: Apple Platforms Through the Years

The Apple Family Tree: Apple Platforms Through the Years

The true history of Apple's computing platform heritage is much more rich and varied than most people realize. Apple has created at least 13 distinct platforms, each hosting its own unique variety of software.

The Five Weirdest Macs of All Time

In its 36 years in business, Apple has produced hundreds of computer models in a dizzying array of sizes, styles, and capabilities. All along the way, fans and critics alike have lauded Apple for its unique and distinctive design...

Steve Jobs's Seven Key Decisions

When Steve Jobs officially returned to Apple 15 years ago, it marked a moment of rebirth for the ailing company. Within eight months (September 17, 1997, to be exact), he assumed the mantle of Interim CEO (later abbreviated to iCEO...

Tweet From a Commodore 64? We Do That and More to Celebrate the Beloved PC's 30th Birthday

Thirty years ago, Commodore Business Machines released the Commodore 64, an 8-bit home personal computer that became an iconic cultural force.

The IBM PS/2: 25 Years of PC History

Here's a fond look back at the Personal System/2 series of PCs, which embarrassed IBM in the 1980s but shaped the modern PC you know today.

The Macintosh II Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, Apple released the Macintosh II, a powerful, expandable desktop computer that represented a profound ideological design shift in the Macintosh line. Through its open architecture and color display capability, it...

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