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In x86 real mode, how does BIOS know what hardware is present?
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Did any compilers hash long symbol names when truncating them?
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Why did instruction sets since the late 1970s seemingly stop including an "execute" instruction?
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What operations could early PC 3D accelerators perform?
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Why do some people say PHP was "Pretty Home Page"? Was it once PHP's real name?
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Has there been any effort to research the undocumented Thumb instructions of ARM7TDMI?
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Did the PDP-8 designers consider a stack?
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What was the rationale behind 32-bit computer architectures?
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Why do the later 18 bit PDPs include both ones' and two's complement?
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Choosing a monochrome color at the monitor?
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The NexGen's x86 internal RISC architecture
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Besides the IBM 709 and its descendents, did any other machine have "slightly longer" registers?
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How can I tell whether a DOS-looking exe. requires a 32-bit CPU to run?
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When did half-bad RAM chips stop being available?
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What software used Turbo Vision back in its prime time?
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Why did 8-bit Basic use 40-bit floating point?
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When if ever was the C language 'int' size altered from the host machine word (register) size into a literal 32 bit size?
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Why didn't early single-chip CPUs support multiplication instructions
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How and why did Intel make the PCI bus "CPU Agnostic"?
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How is it possible that they used to type "Mb" when they meant "MB" in printed computer magazines in the 1990s?
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Why did 8-bit computers choose BASIC dialects as "de facto" command-line interface, instead of contemporary Shell/Lisp dialects?
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How did control characters work in real teletypes?
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Is there any code in Firefox (as of 2020) that comes from Netscape Navigator?
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Could we have avoided the whole UTF-16 fiasco?
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Is integer arithmetic really slower than float with (early) MS-BASIC?
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How much better was DEC Alpha than contemporaneous x86?
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Did any computer allow overscan on a CRT monitor?
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Why is the processor instruction called "move", not "copy"?
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Were any DOS games (or software) known to use VBE/AF?
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How did C64 games handle music during gameplay?