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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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.

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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.

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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.