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[ Snapshots ] Workbench Apple IIgs

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

An Apple IIgs on Benj’s garage workbench (May 2010)

The View From My Workbench, Episode 1

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Yep, all this junk is on my workbench at the moment. What a mess. How many VC&G-related items can you name? While you work on that, I’m going downstairs to clean it up.

[ VC&G Anthology ] Video Games Turn Forty (2007)

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Note: this article was originally published on on May 15, 2007 under the title “Videogames Turn Forty.” (Original URL: Since 1UP is no longer with us, I decided to republish the article here for historical reference. I have learned quite a bit about video game history in the decade since this was originally […]

VC&G Anthology Interview: Ed Smith, Black Video Game and Computer Pioneer

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

In 1978, APF Electronics introduced the MP1000, an early cartridge-based video game system. It wasn’t a smash hit like offerings from Atari, but it carried within its faux woodgrain housing a hidden kernel of cultural brilliance: The console would not have existed without the work of an African-American electronics engineer named Edward Lee Smith (b. […]

The IBM PC Turns 35

Friday, August 12th, 2016

35 years ago today, IBM launched the IBM Personal Computer — the first-ever IBM PC. While it was simply called the “IBM Personal Computer” back then, we now know it more commonly by its model number, 5150. PCWorld recently asked me to do something to celebrate this anniversary, so just a few days ago, I […]

[ Retro Scan ] Disemboweled IBM PC 5150

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Is somebody gonna clean this mess up? Here we have a biggole two-page IBM PC 5150 advertisement spread from 1982 — published not long after the launch of IBM’s first PC in August 1981. It looks like IBM is trying to play up the bare-metal technical angle for Byte readers, who likely were building their […]

[ Retro Scan of the Week ] The Gray Zapper

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Released because Americans like guns The Nintendo Entertainment System turned 30 years old in the US yesterday — well, according to Nintendo, anyway. That date is still a little fuzzy, in my opinion. Still, it’s close enough. When the NES turned 25 (exactly five years ago today — creepy!), I wrote a few features about […]

Inside the Magnavox Odyssey (40th Anniversary)

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Believe it or not, it’s been almost two years since I did my last tech teardown slideshow for PC World. After 11 visual disassemblies with my haggard workbench as a backdrop, I figured I’d give the series a rest until an interesting new venue came along. Fast forward to April 2012 — it was a […]

Inside the Nintendo Entertainment System (25th Anniversary)

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In October 1985, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the United States. 25 years later, I took one apart for the wood-grained glory that is my “workbench series” of tech autopsies (this is my 11th entry). It’s up now on PC Back in 2008, I dismantled the NES’s Japanese counterpart, the Nintendo […]

Inside the Amiga 1000 (25th Anniversary)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Commodore first shipped the legendary Amiga 1000 in July of 1985 — twenty-five years ago. In honor of the Amiga’s birthday, I did what comes natural to Benjs of all sorts: I took one apart. And I did it for PC World, making this the tenth entry in my “workbench series” of tech autopsies. Giving […]