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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.

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.

30 years of the Apple Lisa and the Apple IIe

In 1983, two products played a pivotal role in the future of the company. Benj Edwards takes a look at the history behind the Apple Lisa and the Apple IIe.

Imitation Apple: Hardware knockoffs through the years

In this slideshow, take a look at some of the more blatant Apple knockoffs from the 1970s to the present—those products that obviously imitated or copied Apple's trade dress.

How to make a Mac Plus clock

Got an old Mac Plus sitting in a closet? Dust it of and use it as a clock in your living room.

A vintage Mac Christmas

Celebrate the holidays in style with a taste of vintage Mac culture.

The Forgotten eMate 300 -- 15 years later

Fifteen years ago, Apple released its first and only touchscreen laptop (so far), the often forgotten eMate 300. This translucent clamshell portable represented a bold experiment in educational computing and a drastic departure from Apple's traditional hardware design.

The unusual world of Mac prototypes

If you've been a Mac fan for more than a few years, chances are you've seen or even used Apple's most famous computer models. What you don't often see are the machines that Apple kept to itself—the prototypes that never reached the market.

The unexplored history of translucent Apple design

What few realize about the birth of Apple's translucent industrial design is that it didn't start with the iMac. Apple didn't invent translucent enclosures, but they made it cool.

The Apple family tree: Apple platforms through the years

Over the past 36 years, Apple has created at least 13 distinct platforms, each hosting its own unique variety of software. Some of these forgotten ecosystems met quick deaths at the hands of an unforgiving market; others persist under our noses in the consumer electronics sector.

The Land Before Macs: A field guide

Before Apple made Macs, iPhone, and iPads, they made computers that paved the way for the modern-day PC. Here's a look at Apple's computers before the Mac.

Six of the rarest Macs

Back in the good old days, Apple produced several Macs that had limited production runs. Here's a look at some of the more unique Macs ever made.

The five weirdest Macs of all time

In its 36 years in business, Apple has produced hundreds of computer models in a dizzying array of sizes, styles, and capabilities. Here are the five weirdest.

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.

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