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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.

Ten years in the shadow of the Power Mac G5

The Power Mac G5 is a workstation with a design that lasted in the Apple's product line for over a decade

Slideshow: Apple hardware design mistakes

Apple designs some of the best computers on Earth, but the company does slip up every once in a while.

Five Apple hardware products that time forgot

The Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod—everyone has seen or heard of these Apple products. But Apple has made thousands of products. Here are a few that are mostly overlooked in the company's lore.

How to install Linux on a vintage 68K Mac

Benj Edwards has instructions on installing Debian 4 on a Mac with a 68K processor.

Born Apple: Six famous Windows apps that debuted on the Mac

Benj Edwards takes a look at some of the most famous applications in the world that were first developed for the Mac.

Hidden messages: An Apple Easter egg hunt

Since the early days of computers, playful programmers have been hiding messages in their code. Let's take a look at some secret messages -- Easter eggs -- hidden away in various classic Apple products by the bunnies of Cupertino.

Hotline revisited

Hotline is an online community created int he early days of the Internet. There are a few servers still active, and Benj Edwards shows how you can take part.

Apple's five most important displays

To celebrate Apple's achievements in display technology, let's take a look at five of the most important displays Apple has ever released. These displays have carried with them the most impact and influence on the computer industry, Apple, and even the wider world as a whole.

Teach your old iPod new tricks: Six unauthorized upgrades

Breathe new life into your classic iPod

Tablets, Mice, and Trackpads: The evolution of Apple pointing devices

In this slideshow, we'll take a look at over three decades of Apple pointing device designs from 1979 to the present.

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.


Abandoned Apples

What happens when people leave Apple hardware to rot.

Overcoming Limitations: The Mac Color Classic, 20 years later

The Macintosh Color Classic made its mark as a beautiful but hamstrung machine that, years later, played host to numerous unofficial modifications that enhanced its fan appeal.

The little-known Apple Lisa: Five quirks and oddities

Apple's first GUI-based computer played host to many distinctive quirks and traits. On the Lisa's 30th anniversary, we look at a handful of both odd and useful features that made the Lisa something unique.