April 2nd, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Hotline, BBS, internet BBS, Apple, Macintosh, Windows, Macworld, freelance work, 1996
Back in the mid-late 1990s, an Internet-based BBS platform called Hotline sprung up and quickly spread throughout the Macintosh community. It was basically a client/server BBS software suite that allowed for multi-user chat, file transfers, and message boards.
By the early 2000s, though, Hotline had mostly died out. Today, only a handful of servers remain. But guess what? You can still connect to them — on Windows or a Mac. A new article I wrote for Macworld, "Hotline Revisted," tells you how.
Have fun. Remember to be kind to the Hotline veterans when you visit.
March 23rd, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Apple, Macintosh, iPod, smartwatch, Apple Lisa, Mac Color Classic, Electronic Board Games, abandoned, mice, displays, pointing devices, Macworld, TechHive, freelance work
I last updated you on my Macworld work back in January. Since then, I've been busy writing more historically-minded pieces for the site as well as its sister site, TechHive. Below you'll find a list of the ones I haven't mentioned yet on this blog in convenient digest form.
Phew. I've been busy! Of those eight pieces, the Apple Lisa one can't be missed. Plenty of interesting little-known history there. The Mac Color Classic and Abandoned Apples pieces are some of my favorites as well.
I'm not sure, but I get the feeling from the lack of comments on my Apple-related posts that not many Apple or Mac fans visit VC&G. Not quite sure why that is, but if you're out there, let me know.
January 25th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Apple, Macintosh, Apple Lisa, Apple IIe, Apple II, Macworld, freelance work, eMate 300, Mac Plus, clock
Since my last update on the articles I've written for Macworld in November, I've written at least a handful more vintage-related stories for the publication that I haven't mentioned on this blog. To remedy that, I thought I'd share them below in convenient digest form.
The Mac Plus Clock piece is particularly fun, and I think VC&G fans will really enjoy it.
January 21st, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Apple, Apple Lisa, Apple IIe, Apple II, Popular Computing, anniversaries, freelance work, Macworld, 1983
APPLE'S BOLD NEW COMPUTERS IN ALL-CAPS
Thirty years ago last Saturday (January 19th, 1983), Apple announced two new computers: the Apple Lisa and the Apple IIe.
Ultimately, the Apple Lisa met an early end, leaving behind technology that shaped the entire industry. The Apple IIe remained a reliable breadwinner during uncertain times in the early life of the Macintosh and remained the flagship member of Apple's popular 8-bit computer line until it ended in 1993.
Here's the cover of the March 1983 issue of Popular Computing which featured Apple's two new machines. It has always been one of my favorite vintage computer magazine covers.
By the way, I recently wrote an article about this anniversary for Macworld in case you're interested.
[ From Popular Computing, March 1983, cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever used an Apple Lisa? What did you think about it?
December 24th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Christmas, art, Macintosh, Macworld, freelance work, slideshow, Apple
Just in time for Christmas: Macworld has posted a slideshow of vintage Christmas-related Macintosh art and ephemera that I created for that site. I hope you enjoy it.
November 26th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Apple, Macintosh, Macworld, freelance work, Steve Jobs
As long time readers of VC&G know, I usually post short entries about my non-blog writing activities on this blog so you can enjoy them.
Recently, I've been so engrossed in writing Macworld articles that I have neglected to mention them. Consider that remedied with this handy digest of pieces I've written over the past two months for said Mac-related publication. Conveniently, they all have history angles to them (or else I wouldn't list them here):
There's more on the way, so stay tuned to see whether I neglect to mention those here as well. The excitement is palpable!
July 19th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Macworld, Apple, iMac, iMac G4, Macintosh, SuperDrive, iTunes, iChat, iMovie, anniversaries, freelance work, 2002
Yep, the iMac G4 turned 10 this year, and I wanted to write about it. I bought the high-end 800 MHz/SuperDrive model new back in January 2002 (just at launch), and I used it for about five years to do all sorts of casual, media-related things (email/iChat/iMovie/iTunes mostly). It was, and is, a great machine — it's a little slow, but it has always been a joy to use.
You can read my article celebrating the iMac G4 over at Macworld now. I hope you enjoy it.
June 8th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Apple, Macintosh, Macintosh II, Michael Dhuey, Apple II, Steve Jobs, Byte Magazine, Anniversaries, Macworld, freelance work, 1987
25 years ago this March (1987), Apple released the Macintosh II, the first open architecture Macintosh. Naturally, I've written a short feature about this pioneering machine over at Macworld.
While speaking with Michael Dhuey, the Apple engineer that conceived the Mac II, I learned that Apple patterned the Mac II after the 1977 Apple II, which sported the same sort of flexibility and expandability as the Mac II. That self-referential influence amazed me — especially coming from a company that recently institutionalized the practice of ignoring its own history.
But only two years after Steve Jobs resigned from Apple, the company had no problem making the un-Jobs move of both looking backward and opening up the Macintosh. The result changed the course of Macintosh history.
[ Continue reading Macintosh II 25th Anniversary » ]
January 14th, 2011 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Apple, Macintosh, Mac Plus, Macworld, freelance work, anniversaries, 1986
25 years ago this month, Apple introduced the Macintosh Plus — a computer many consider to be the first truly usable Macintosh model. In honor of the anniversary, I asked myself to write a short article about it for Macworld. To my surprise, I complied with the request and the result is now up at Macworld.com. I hope I enjoy it.*
* Inside joke.