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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.

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.

iPod Oddities

IBM Oddities: 30 Years of Change

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.