Benj EdwardsTechHive

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.

Popular tech gifts of holidays past

Home electronics have dominated the holiday sales charts in recent years. Here's a look at the top-selling devices of the past decade.

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.

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.

One Week With the Commodore 64

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

Groovy 1970s Consumer Tech

Windows 3.1: Twenty Years Later

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

Why History Needs Software Piracy

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

Evolution of the Solid-State Drive

Computer Space and the Dawn of the Arcade Video Game

How a little-known 1971 machine launched an industry.