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92 votes
10 answers
33k views

How much better was DEC Alpha than contemporaneous x86?

76 votes
8 answers
22k views

Why did IBM make the PC BIOS source code public?

89 votes
9 answers
20k views

Why did modems have speakers?

61 votes
19 answers
19k views

Why were computer customers called "Users"?

46 votes
6 answers
15k views

How should we interpret Dave Cutler's criticism of Unix?

96 votes
11 answers
14k views

What key factor led to the sudden commercial success of MS Windows with v3.0?

37 votes
6 answers
13k views

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

53 votes
7 answers
13k views

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

62 votes
7 answers
12k views

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

60 votes
4 answers
11k views

Why did F1 become the Help Key?

53 votes
10 answers
11k views

Why was preemptive multitasking so slow in coming to consumer OS's?

36 votes
8 answers
10k views

Why were floppy disks invented after hard disks?

35 votes
4 answers
9k views

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

30 votes
5 answers
9k views

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

75 votes
7 answers
9k views

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

47 votes
3 answers
9k views

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

42 votes
3 answers
9k views

How do DOS games like DOOM benefit from a PCI graphics card?

23 votes
11 answers
8k views

What was the equivalent of "America Online" (AOL) outside America?

45 votes
2 answers
8k views

Did IBM encourage Bill Gates to retain the rights over PC-DOS?

26 votes
2 answers
7k views

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

27 votes
5 answers
7k views

Why was IBM BASIC so Huge?

26 votes
6 answers
7k views

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

17 votes
4 answers
7k views

Running DOS, Windows 3, and Windows 98 from one FAT32 partition?

18 votes
1 answer
7k views

Which original retrocomputer OS's are still maintained and updated today, for original hardware?

22 votes
6 answers
7k views

Why did the Z80 with 4-bit ALU out-perform the fully 8-bit Intel 8080?

25 votes
5 answers
7k views

What were wait-states, and why was it only an issue for PCs?

29 votes
3 answers
7k views

Why did Intel abandon unified CPU cache?

28 votes
9 answers
6k views

Fastest 8-bit microprocessor for multiply-accumulate?

39 votes
5 answers
6k views

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

18 votes
5 answers
6k views

What is most appropriate choice for DOS for a 1990 80386 PC?

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