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Questions tagged [terminology]

For questions about words, phrases and definitions that are specific to classic computers and gaming systems.

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Why does Oracle use MINUS instead of EXCEPT? [closed]

I just saw this after seeing MINUS in this powerpoint and looking for more information. MINUS Example The following statement combines results with the MINUS operator, which returns only unique ...
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“Quintword” is this a real word?

From the book Modern X86 Assembly Language Programming Quintword 80 Double extended-precision floating-point, packed BCD It goes on to say, Not surprisingly, most of the fundamental data ...
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Origin of “tarball”

It seems to be common (at least among my section of the world's *NIX users) to refer to "tape archives" made with GNU tar or similar as "tarballs". I always thought this was a slightly odd choice, ...
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What we commonly call PCs are in fact ATs, correct?

I remember all those video game boxes stamped with IBM PC (and compatible), while bringing good memories I felt this was rather incorrect. Most of these games would never run on such computers, i.e. ...
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What's the difference between “opcode” and “instruction” in this Zilog ad?

In a Zilog ad from 1976 comparing the Z80 and Intel 8080, the following table is presented: What is the difference here between "Instructions" and "OP Codes"? In my experience, the two terms are ...