Brian H
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What key factor led to the sudden commercial success of MS Windows with v3.0?
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Why did modems have speakers?
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What technological factors drove the rise of "high-speed" modems in the early 1990s?
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How much better was DEC Alpha than contemporaneous x86?
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Why did IBM make the PC BIOS source code public?
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Why did F1 become the Help Key?
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Why did the MS-DOS API choose software interrupts for its interface?
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Why were computer customers called "Users"?
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Why was preemptive multitasking so slow in coming to consumer OS's?
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What's the relationship between early 90s Pentium microprocessor and today's Intel designs?
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Did IBM encourage Bill Gates to retain the rights over PC-DOS?
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Why does the Commodore C128 perform poorly when running CP/M?
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How do DOS games like DOOM benefit from a PCI graphics card?
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How should we interpret Dave Cutler's criticism of Unix?
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Why do programmable sound generators like SID include a noise generator?
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How did "Ballblazer" pull off fast, smooth, first-person, solid-model 3D on Atari 8-bits?
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Why were floppy disks invented after hard disks?
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How much did IBM save by limiting the PC to 4.77 MHz?
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Does every retrocomputer and console with NTSC composite output have 'artifact color' ability?
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What was the technical reason behind the octal digits used for CompuServe User IDs?
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Are MS-DOS and Windows 9x vulnerable to Meltdown?
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BYTE Magazine outside the U.S
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How did the "Programmer's Switch" work on early Macintosh Computers?
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Why did Intel abandon unified CPU cache?
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?
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Why weren't discrete x86 CPUs ever used in game hardware?
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Was the first ARM "processor" a BBC BASIC program?
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Why do all the Speech Synthesizers have that same Voice?
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Why does MP3 audio decoding overwhelm retro CPU's?
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Why did the Atari 800 designers choose such a radical system design?
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