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Brian H
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88 votes
11 answers
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What key factor led to the sudden commercial success of MS Windows with v3.0?

85 votes
9 answers
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Why did modems have speakers?

78 votes
8 answers
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How much better was DEC Alpha than contemporaneous x86?

75 votes
7 answers
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What technological factors drove the rise of "high-speed" modems in the early 1990s?

74 votes
8 answers
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Why did IBM make the PC BIOS source code public?

61 votes
7 answers
10k views

Why did the MS-DOS API choose software interrupts for its interface?

61 votes
4 answers
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Why did F1 become the Help Key?

58 votes
19 answers
18k views

Why were computer customers called "Users"?

51 votes
10 answers
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Why was preemptive multitasking so slow in coming to consumer OS's?

47 votes
3 answers
9k views

What's the relationship between early 90s Pentium microprocessor and today's Intel designs?

45 votes
2 answers
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Did IBM encourage Bill Gates to retain the rights over PC-DOS?

44 votes
6 answers
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How should we interpret Dave Cutler's criticism of Unix?

43 votes
7 answers
6k views

Why does the Commodore C128 perform poorly when running CP/M?

40 votes
3 answers
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How do DOS games like DOOM benefit from a PCI graphics card?

39 votes
5 answers
6k views

Why do programmable sound generators like SID include a noise generator?

37 votes
4 answers
4k views

How did "Ballblazer" pull off fast, smooth, first-person, solid-model 3D on Atari 8-bits?

35 votes
8 answers
10k views

Why were floppy disks invented after hard disks?

34 votes
4 answers
8k views

How much did IBM save by limiting the PC to 4.77 MHz?

31 votes
5 answers
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Does every retrocomputer and console with NTSC composite output have 'artifact color' ability?

31 votes
3 answers
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What was the technical reason behind the octal digits used for CompuServe User IDs?

29 votes
5 answers
9k views

Are MS-DOS and Windows 9x vulnerable to Meltdown?

28 votes
4 answers
11k views

Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

28 votes
3 answers
6k views

Why did Intel abandon unified CPU cache?

28 votes
13 answers
3k views

BYTE Magazine outside the U.S

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2 answers
6k views

How did the "Programmer's Switch" work on early Macintosh Computers?

27 votes
9 answers
6k views

Fastest 8-bit microprocessor for multiply-accumulate?

26 votes
6 answers
7k views

Why weren't discrete x86 CPUs ever used in game hardware?

25 votes
2 answers
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How did Z80 multiprocessing work in the Namco Galaga hardware?

25 votes
9 answers
4k views

What were the early PC applications requiring a hard disk?

25 votes
1 answer
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Why do all the Speech Synthesizers have that same Voice?

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