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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.

Remembering the Newton MessagePad, 20 years later

Apple made its first tablet PC, featuring handwriting recognition, in 1993. Benj Edwards takes a look at why the Newton failed.

A brief history of computer chess

Since the 18th century, people have been fascinated by the idea of machines that could play chess against humans. Here's a compressed look at some key moments in its evolution over the years.

Remembering VCR games

To celebrate this long-forgotten game medium, here are ten classics from VCR game history that you may have played if you lived through the 1980s or 1990s.

Teach your old iPod new tricks: Six unauthorized upgrades

Breathe new life into your classic iPod

Evolution of the smartwatch

With all the recent hoopla about Pebbles and iWatches, now is a good time to review the evolution of the smartwatch.

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The history of electronic board games

Remember Electronic Battleship and other board games that incorporated electronics into the gameplay starting in the 1970s? It wasn't always a good thing...

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.

The Roots of Social Networking

Before Facebook, before even Friendster, people still had social networking. Here's a look at how computer users got together in the days before the dawn of the Internet.

Inside the Magnavox Odyssey, the First Video Game Console

Magnavox's 1972 settop box debuted so early that it didn't even include a computer. Here's a look at what makes this pioneer of home video games tick.

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.

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.

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.

Fifteen Consumer Electronics Design Mistakes

Let us count the ways these modern marvels of technology drive us bonkers, day after day.