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Michael Stachowsky
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40 votes
8 answers
12k views

Why is EEPROM called ROM if it can be written to?

33 votes
7 answers
12k views

Did the computer mouse always output relative x/y and not absolute?

33 votes
6 answers
6k views

In the ISO 1990 C standard library, what was the rationale for having memcpy return one of its inputs?

29 votes
10 answers
10k views

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

28 votes
2 answers
6k views

How could the SNES take advantage of in-cartridge coprocessors that weren't invented when the SNES came out?

28 votes
4 answers
8k views

How did games like Doom offer free trials? What was packaged in their free trial software packages?

20 votes
8 answers
7k views

Why does the x86 not have an instruction to obtain its instruction pointer?

18 votes
1 answer
4k views

In P.J. Plauger's "The Standard C Library" (1992), why are for loops used so frequently instead of while loops in the implementations?

17 votes
3 answers
4k views

In x86 real mode, how does BIOS know what hardware is present?

13 votes
2 answers
2k views

If a PS/2 device on a 32-bit x86 sends a byte to the IO port 0x60 and you read it, what happens next?

13 votes
4 answers
2k views

In CP/M, how did a program know when to load a particular overlay?

7 votes
1 answer
815 views

Why did old CD ROM drives spin super fast if they couldn't read the disk?

5 votes
3 answers
1k views

What is this "switch register - display" and what was it used for?

4 votes
0 answers
262 views

Using a modern microcontroller to explore early home computing concepts [closed]

4 votes
1 answer
240 views

When did Turing's results become impactful in computer science? [closed]

4 votes
1 answer
264 views

How many additions per second (or, generally, instructions per second) could the IBM System370 Model 115 perform?

3 votes
3 answers
1k views

What was the distinctive rapid clicking sound in late 1990s desktops?

1 vote
2 answers
614 views

Why are computer bus sizes integer multiples of the size of a byte, and when was that standardized? [closed]

1 vote
3 answers
353 views

When was Tantalum first used in computing?