Stories by Benj Edwards

  • The little-known Apple Lisa: Five quirks and oddities

    By Benj Edwards | 30 January, 2013 20:24

    Thirty years ago, Apple unveiled the Apple Lisa, a pioneering machine that introduced the mouse-driven graphical user interface to a wide audience and opened a new chapter in personal computer history.

  • In Pictures: The Apple family tree

    By Benj Edwards | 06 November, 2012 09:09

    Apple platforms through the years

  • In Pictures: Six of the rarest Macs

    By Benj Edwards | 22 October, 2012 08:43

    Many Macs are uncommon or hard to find today, but for the sake of brevity (and for fear of the dreaded TL;DR), I’ve decided to examine six of the rarest among them.

  • Six of the rarest Macs

    By Benj Edwards | 19 October, 2012 14:10

    If you’re a longtime fan of the Macintosh platform, chances are you are a bit of a collector and a historian. Aside from their being endearing machines that earned user loyalty, Macs retained their usefulness far longer than most PCs, encouraging people to hang on to them. Who among you doesn’t have an old Mac in your closet?

  • Steve Jobs' seven key decisions

    By Benj Edwards | 18 September, 2012 16:55

    When Steve Jobs officially returned to Apple 15 years ago, it marked a moment of rebirth for the ailing company. Within eight months (September 17, 1997, to be exact), he assumed the mantle of Interim CEO (later abbreviated to “iCEO” for cuteness) and executed a stark and keen strategy to save Apple from oblivion.

  • Tweet from a Commodore 64? We do that and more to celebrate its 30th birthday

    By Benj Edwards | 02 August, 2012 13:06

    Thirty years ago, Commodore Business Machines released the Commodore 64, an 8-bit home personal computer that became an iconic cultural force.

  • The Exceptional iMac G4: Ten years later

    By Benj Edwards | 18 July, 2012 15:20

    Ten years ago, Apple introduced the flat-panel iMac G4, a groundbreaking consumer PC that wowed the computer industry and proved that Apple could not only meet, but exceed design innovations that had given the firm a new breath of life just four years prior.

  • The IBM PS/2: 25 years of PC history ( + slideshow)

    By Benj Edwards | 10 July, 2012 12:34

    Twenty-five years ago, IBM announced the Personal System/2 (PS/2), a new line of IBM PC-compatible machines that capped an era of profound influence on the personal computer market.

  • The Macintosh II celebrates its 25th anniversary

    By Benj Edwards | 07 June, 2012 19:22

    Twenty-five years ago, Apple released the Macintosh II, a powerful, expandable desktop computer that represented a profound ideological design shift in the Macintosh line. Through its open architecture and color display capability, it echoed the experimental philosophy of Apple's earliest machines and ignited a new wave of enthusiasm for the Macintosh platform.

  • In Pictures: Groovy 1970s consumer tech

    By Benj Edwards | 18 April, 2012 09:37

    The 1970s played host to an explosion in consumer electronics gadgets that changed how we educate, entertain, calculate, and communicate.

  • In Pictures: If it ain't broke, don't fix it: ancient computers in use today

    By Benj Edwards | 27 March, 2012 09:16

    From 1970s minicomputers used for military programs (including nuclear weapons) to an IBM punch-card system still keeping the books at a Texas filter supplier, these are the computers that time forgot.

  • In Pictures: The 11 most influential online worlds of all time

    By Benj Edwards | 20 May, 2011 11:21

    From MUD to Minecraft, these digital universes have shaped massively multiplayer games and kids' toys.

  • A brief history of computer displays

    By Benj Edwards | 03 November, 2010 11:52

    From blinking lights and punch cards to LCDs and 3D flat panels, we trace the 70-year history of the tech that users rely on to see what a computer is doing.

  • Finding stuff online: 20 years of innovative search engines

    By Benj Edwards | 13 September, 2010 15:35

    Twenty years ago today, a student at McGill University and some friends launched what many people consider to be the world's first Internet search engine: Archie.

  • The world's worst game controller fails

    By Benj Edwards | 16 July, 2010 14:41

    When it comes to game controllers, there’s a fine line between clever and stupid. For every good step forward in controller design, there are a dozen dead ends. Some devices may work very well, but are destined for the dustbin anyway. This slideshow is dedicated to those oddball controllers that set out earn our amazement but only aroused our amusement, instead.

 

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