Benj EdwardsTechnologizer

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 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.'

15 Amazing Computing Rarities of the 1990s

Fascinating machines of an under-appreciated era--from an Apple that wasn't a Mac to a ThinkPad that wasn't a PC.

The History of Stereoscopic 3D Gaming

Join us on a 43-year video quest for the third dimension.

Legend of Zelda: 25 Years of Oddities

A 25th-anniversary look back at a dozen strange sidelights of Nintendo's classic fantasy game.

Modems: 60 Years of Hooking Up

A visual guide to the history of the modem, from the 1950s to today.

Web Browsers Through the Ages

From Netscape and Firefox to Internet Explorer and Opera, we explore the highs and lows from two decades of the browser wars.

35 Years of the Digital Camera

We explore the highlights of digital camera history, going all the way back to 1975 and covering many major firsts.


A Brief History of Computer Displays

From blinking lights and punch cards to LCDs and 3D flat panels, we trace the 70-year history of the tech that users rely on to see what a computer is doing.

Nintendo Entertainment System Oddities

25 years ago, the blockbuster console hit the United States for the first time. And the country's been a little stranger ever since.

Inside the Nintendo Entertainment System

Some 25 years after the NES transformed gaming, we peek inside this legendary console.

Super Mario Oddities

25 years of wackiness inspired by the legendary Nintendo game, from lost levels to breakfast food to pop art.

Finding Stuff Online: 20 Years of Innovative Search Engines

What would the Internet be without a way to find something specific on its millions of sites? Search engines started providing that function two decades ago. Here are some of the landmarks, from Archie to AltaVista to Google and Bing.