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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.

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How to build a Raspberry Pi retrogaming emulation console

With these simple, step-by-step instructions for building a Raspberry Pi 3 console loaded with RetroPie software, you'll be playing your favorite classic games in no time.

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Birth of a standard: The Intel 8086 microprocessor turns 40 today

Forty years ago, Intel released the 8086 processor, introducing the x86 architecture that underlies every PC—Windows, Mac, or Linux—produced today.

Windows 3.1: Twenty-five years later, it's still a Microsoft milestone

Microsoft launched Windows 3.1 on April 6, 1992. What made it so innovative 25 years ago? Let's take a stroll down memory lane in this slideshow.

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The secret upgrade: How expansion chips in video game cartridges pushed performance

In the early days of game consoles, developers frustrated by the limitations of primitive hardware quietly built chips into the game cartridges themselves.

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Tested: The RetroUSB AVS, a high-def 8-bit NES remake

This brilliant but flawed reboot of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System works with HD TV sets.

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Inside the IBM PC 5150: The first-ever IBM PC

As the forebear of all PCs turns 35, we take a look inside this pioneering machine

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Inside the PocketCHIP, a $49 Portable Linux Computer

See why the new, low-cost, hackable PocketCHIP from Next Thing Co. is perfect for electronics and programming hobbyists.

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Retro Tech: Inside the Nintendo 64, on its 20th birthday

Yes, it's been 20 years since Nintendo 64 debuted. To celebrate, we take it apart as we remember its important contribution to our lives.

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Intel's 10 most important CPU launches

The chip maker has been a dominant force in PCs since the very beginning, but these microprocessors in particular had a big impact.

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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.