Benj’s ‘This Old Tech’ Column Debuts on

November 6th, 2015 by Benj Edwards

This Old Tech Column on Toshiba T1000

Today, PCWorld published the inaugural entry of my new column, This Old Tech. In the column, I will be writing about vintage gadgets, games, and computers — pretty much the same stuff I talk about on Vintage Computing and Gaming. So far, the plan is to publish a new piece every Friday.

For the first column, I talk about the first MS-DOS computer I ever learned to use, the Toshiba T1000 laptop. I still have the same machine from all those years ago, so aside from just waxing nostalgic, I also attempt to get it working again.

So spread the word — I am looking forward to exploring my personal tech history in this new column. I hope you enjoy it.

5 Responses to “Benj’s ‘This Old Tech’ Column Debuts on”

  1. XCALIBR8 Says:

    Congrats! I love your blog, and I’m always happy to see new posts. Keep up the good work Benj!

  2. Benj Edwards Says:

    Thanks, XCALIBR8. I appreciate your support!

  3. Daniel Says:

    The Toshiba T1000 was also one of the first computers I learned DOS on. I really liked the fact that it had MS-DOS 2.11 built into ROM. One idiosyncracy I learned about this system is that if the battery is dead or removed, the system doesn’t power-on, unless you short the battery terminals on the system board or replace the battery.

    Anyhow, I look forward to reading your new weekly columns on old tech in PC World. 🙂

  4. Tabman Says:

    I remember using one of these to configure some very old flaky British Telecom kit – hand crimped pins onto telephone twisted pair cable via. the RS232 port! Happy Days 😊

  5. Igor Says:


    I’m looking for Toshiba T1000 BIOS dump (not ROM-DOS). Searching the web doesn’t helped. Maybe you have one? Please contact me (

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