Benj EdwardsPCWorld

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.

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Inside the PocketCHIP, a $49 Portable Linux Computer

See why the new, low-cost, hackable PocketCHIP from Next Thing Co. is perfect for electronics and programming hobbyists.

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Retro Tech: Inside the Nintendo 64, on its 20th birthday

Yes, it's been 20 years since Nintendo 64 debuted. To celebrate, we take it apart as we remember its important contribution to our lives.

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Intel's 10 most important CPU launches

The chip maker has been a dominant force in PCs since the very beginning, but these microprocessors in particular had a big impact.

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Retro Tech: Vintage muscle machines that pushed the limits

These classic PCs pushed the boundaries of computing power when they were new.

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Retro Tech: Classic point-and-click adventure games for kids

Share your love for the retro classics with these kid-friendly adventure games

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Retro Tech: Exploring the TI-99/4A

Texas Instruments' classic home computer from the late 1970s and early '80s goes under the knife for science.

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Retro Tech: Exploring the lost world of Prodigy

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

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The Atari Video Music is a trippy, psychedelic rarity from the 1970s

Oh wow, colors! Atari's follow-up to the hugely successful Pong was a music visualizer for the living room.

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This old tech: TRS-80 MC-10 Micro Color Computer lives to play again

Introduced in 1983 by Radio Shack, the TRS-80 MC-10 was once the world's cheapest color-capable PC.

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This old tech: The beloved Speak & Spell was a pioneer of popular computing

Built by Texas Instruments, the Speak & Spell electronic educational toy was the first mass-produced product to use digital signal processing.

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This Old Tech: Remembering WorldsAway's avatars and virtual experiences

The year was 1995, and CompuServe's online service cost $4.95 per hour. Yet thousands of people logged into this virtual world daily.

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This Old Tech: There’s nothing like M.U.L.E. on an Atari 800 to bring a family together

Advanced custom silicon made the Atari 800 a very special multiplayer machine.We set it up on a 1983-era TV set for the full retro experience.

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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 turns 30: A visual tour of Windows through the ages

Thirty years later, we look back at Microsoft's popular operating system.

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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.