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55 votes

Was there any technological reason that C was designed to return only a single thing from a function?

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C64: Why is POS(π) faster than POS(0)?

33 votes

Why does the Z80 have a half-carry bit?

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The origins of fork()

24 votes

Why did the C64 have ← and ↑ as dedicated keys?

23 votes

Why does -z and -n exist in most shells and /bin/test?

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Where does this esoteric Pascal operator come from?

22 votes

What was the first programming language with generics?

21 votes

Is there any text to speech program that will run on an 8- or 16-bit CPU?

20 votes

Why was nil defined as a reserved word in Pascal?

19 votes

Why weren't audio decoders used to create a makeshift internet in the 70 and 80s?

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Did any European computers use 10-line fonts?

17 votes

How was early randomness generated?

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Did any hardware-supported floating-point format ever fast-track integers?

16 votes

Why did base64 win against uuencode?

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Pattern matching, which language first had it

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Why is the serial port driver named "/dev/ttyS#"?

14 votes

How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

14 votes

Origin of "string"

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Which tools were used to create the C language?

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Floating point performance of classic minicomputers

12 votes

Serial Receipt Printer Garbage

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In MS BASIC, why is NEXT faster than NEXT I?

11 votes

Why did so many early microcomputers use the MOS 6502 and variants?

11 votes

What early home computers have more than one CPU, where both could be used by the programmer?

11 votes

What's the origin of process return status 0 meaning success?

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What were the most popular text editors for MS-DOS in the 1980s?

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When was the phrase "sufficiently smart compiler" first used?

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How was character data handled in Fortran IV/66?

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What were the earliest images uploaded on the internet before the web?