Benj Writes Tech History at Ars Technica

May 3rd, 2023 by Benj Edwards

A TRS-80 Model 100 in front of an explosive, fiery background.

In August 2022, I joined up with Ars Technica as their AI and Machine Learning Reporter. Of course, even while documenting one of the wildest cutting-edge stories in tech at the moment, my heart never strays far from the subject of this site: vintage technology and the history behind it.

In between writing about AI at Ars over the past 8+ months, I’ve had the chance to occasionally write a piece about tech history or nostalgia (23 in total so far). To capture them all in one place, I’ve created a tag called “retrotech” for all of those articles at Ars. To check them out, click this link.

Here’s a fun one I did not too long ago: Egad! 7 key British PCs of the 1980s Americans might have missed.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum ad excerptSo if you’re interested, keep an eye on the “retrotech” tag and follow along there. In a way, it’s kind of an extension of what I did on Vintage Computing and Gaming back in the day, albeit this time I make a full-time living and get health benefits. That’s quite an upgrade!

As I usually mention in posts on here for the past few years, I’m sorry that I’ve let VC&G wither with neglect. I’m not shutting it down since there is so much historically valuable content here (especially interviews and comments), and our Patreon supporters keep these archives online. Thanks for your continued support over the past 18 years!

P.S. Did you see this piece that lists out all of the tech history work I did at How-To Geek between 2020 and 2022? Pretty cool.

4 Responses to “Benj Writes Tech History at Ars Technica”

  1. Philip Says:

    I’m glad you’re keeping this site up, regardless of current activity. Lots of good info here! Just out of curiosity, is it also “archived” at
    That might a good backup.

    I found an easy way to follow just your articles on ArsTechnica by using this RSS feed:

    or just the retro tech articles using this one:


  2. Benj Edwards Says:

    Thanks, Philip. That’s an interesting idea. It’s not currently archived there (aside from the Wayback Machine), but I’ll look into that.

  3. gene Says:

    Congrat’s Benj !

  4. Pedro Says:

    I’m happy to see that you won’t delete anything, hope that this website lives long, are you planning to do more posts? Hope that you have a great day!

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