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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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This Old Tech: Remembering WorldsAway's avatars and virtual experiences

The year was 1995, and CompuServe's online service cost $4.95 per hour. Yet thousands of people logged into this virtual world daily.

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This Old Tech: There’s nothing like M.U.L.E. on an Atari 800 to bring a family together

Advanced custom silicon made the Atari 800 a very special multiplayer machine.We set it up on a 1983-era TV set for the full retro experience.

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This old tech: The Toshiba T1000 was my first step into the world of MS-DOS

The year was 1987, and the Toshiba T1000 was a 6.4-pound IBM PC clone that you could fit into a briefcase. But wait'll you see the battery on this thing.

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Windows turns 30: A visual tour of Windows through the ages

Thirty years later, we look back at Microsoft's popular operating system.

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9 awesome photos of school computer labs from the 1980s

It was the golden age of personal computers. The hardware was massive—as was the impact on the computing industry.

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The 17 best educational games of the 70s, 80s and 90s

How many did you play as a kid? Enjoy these 17 hits of nostalgia as you send your own children back to school.

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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.

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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.

Tweet from a Commodore 64? We Do That and More to Celebrate the Beloved PC's 30th Birthday

Our intrepid computer historian uses the Commodore 64 to tweet, visit websites, and do other PC tasks invented long after the famous gaming computer launched three decades ago.