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102 votes
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Why were programs entered on punch cards instead of paper tapes?

64 votes

Apocryphal (?) tale of hard drive platter propelled through a wall?

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Why was IBM's Scientific Subroutine Package superseded?

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Why separate cursor keys?

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Which language had the first scanf?

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What was the point of the label on the bottom of the NES?

27 votes

Why not use fractions instead of floating point?

23 votes

What was the typical thickness of fanfold printer paper?

19 votes

How big is a mainframe?

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How many transistors in the CDC 1604?

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How many cards could you put on an S-100 bus?

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UCSD P-System: Why only 77 files per volume?

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Memory-limited workloads

14 votes

In what language(s) is the return value set by assigning to the function’s name?

13 votes

How fast were BASIC interpreters in the 80s? (Is this optimization for speed really necessary?)

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What computer programs did Grace Hopper work on during World War II?

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What was the first Intel x86 processor with "Base + Index * Scale + Displacement" addressing mode?

12 votes

Does "Unix" and "UNIX" represent the same thing?

12 votes

Why did some early computer designers eschew integers?

12 votes

Did anyone ever use the extra set of registers on the Z80?

12 votes

What happened to exposed address pins/address bus?

11 votes

Have programming languages driven hardware development?

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When will the copyrights on various versions of Windows and DOS expire?

10 votes
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What's the relationship between the Nascom computers and the company Lucas Electrical?

9 votes

What does the "x" in "x86" represent?

8 votes

How did 2-chip CPUs work?

8 votes

Is the "IBM standard character set manual" around?

8 votes

Wanted: 5.25" floppy to USB adapter

8 votes

Was sneakernet a job description?

8 votes

Identify an early 90s optical mouse