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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.

Remembering the Newton MessagePad, 20 years later

Apple made its first tablet PC, featuring handwriting recognition, in 1993. Benj Edwards takes a look at why the Newton failed.

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Born Apple: Six famous Windows apps that debuted on the Mac

Benj Edwards takes a look at some of the most famous applications in the world that were first developed for the Mac.

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Evolution of the smartwatch

With all the recent hoopla about Pebbles and iWatches, now is a good time to review the evolution of the smartwatch.

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The history of electronic board games

Remember Electronic Battleship and other board games that incorporated electronics into the gameplay starting in the 1970s? It wasn't always a good thing...

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The CD player turns 30

Believe it or not, the first CD player was released on October 1, 1982. Benj Edwards looks back on 30 years of the compact disc.

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

Our intrepid computer historian uses the Commodore 64 to tweet, visit websites, and do other PC tasks invented long after the famous gaming computer launched three decades ago.

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 late 1980s but shaped the modern PC you know today.

The Roots of Social Networking

Before Facebook, before even Friendster, people still had social networking. Here's a look at how computer users got together in the days before the dawn of the Internet.

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Inside the Magnavox Odyssey, the First Video Game Console

Magnavox's 1972 settop box debuted so early that it didn't even include a computer. Here's a look at what makes this pioneer of home video games tick.

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Groovy 1970s Consumer Tech

From the first PCs and video games to CB radios and 8-track tapes, the seventies saw the birth of lots of iconic technology.

Windows 3.1: Twenty Years Later

Two decades ago, Microsoft launched Windows 3.1. This first attempt to move beyond the operating system's DOS roots introduced many features we recognize in Windows today.

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Ancient Computers in Use Today

From 1970s minicomputers used for military programs (including nuclear weapons) to an IBM punch-card system still keeping the books at a Texas filter supplier, these are the computers that time forgot.

Atari Oddities

Here's a look at the wacky Atari you don't know: its digital photo booth, video phone, "Puppy Pong," and more.

Why History Needs Software Piracy

How copy protection and app stores could deny future generations their cultural legacy.