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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.

The 12 Greatest PC Shareware Games of All Time

From the birth of Duke Nukem to the first great digital pinball game, here are a dozen classics from the shareware era.


Evolution of the Solid-State Drive

From early versions that cost thousands of dollars for 256KB to the capacious, fast drives that power MacBook Airs, SSDs have been on a meteoric rise.

Computer Space and the Dawn of the Arcade Video Game

How a little-known 1971 machine launched an industry.

The First Microprocessor--The 40th Anniversary of Intel's 4004

Meet the first microprocessor and see what it was used for--from pinball machines to early electronic voting.

iPod Oddities

A decade of weird sidelights of the world's most iconic gadget.

The 10 Greatest MS-DOS Games of All Time

From a trio of kids who save the world from a giant purple tentacle to one of the world's great shoot-em-ups, here are ten games that entertained millions.

IBM Oddities: 30 Years of Change

From primitive storage to games and education and work, IBM products have filled -- and attempted to fill -- many roles through the years.

Can You Do Real Work With the 30-Year-Old IBM 5150?

Our intrepid reporter spends a week trying to write, browse the Web, edit photos, and even (shudder) tweet on IBM's first PC.

Donkey Kong Oddities

It's the 30th-anniversary celebration of the arcade game the world went ape over.

Kids' Computers Through the Ages

The evolution of toy computers for children mirrors that of real-world systems for adults. We look at some of the changes the play-along versions have undergone in the past 70 years.

The Oddities Surrounding Sonic the Hedgehog

Twenty years ago, Sega took a bold gamble in its bid to unseat Nintendo as king of the console realm. To celebrate the anniversary, we dive headfirst into the annals of Sonic lore to pull out oddities for your entertainment.

John Linnell of They Might Be Giants: A Technologizer Tech Interview

John Linnell of They Might Be Giants spills the dirty details on his tech filled past, present, and future.


The Secret World of Alternative Operating Systems

Step into the world of operating system alternatives to Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.

The 11 Most Influential Online Worlds of All Time

From MUD to Minecraft, these digital universes have shaped massively multiplayer games and kids' toys.

The History of Atari Computers

Atari hasn't always been all about gaming. From the late '70s to the early '90s, the company produced a series of interesting and unusual desktops and laptops, including one that had a starring role in 'Terminator 2.'