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102 votes
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

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How could early UNIX OS comprise so few lines of code?

66 votes

Is there still no "digital version of PCBs and ICs" software that all future emulators can use?

63 votes
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Why didn't early single-chip CPUs support multiplication instructions

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Was AGP only ever used for graphics cards?

57 votes
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Why weren't audio decoders used to create a makeshift internet in the 70 and 80s?

57 votes

Does the industry continue to produce outdated architecture CPUs with leading-edge process?

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On what computer did "JUMP" mean "don't jump?"

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Distinction between scientific and business computing

38 votes

Why are assemblers called assemblers?

36 votes

Why would any "local" video signal be "interlaced" instead of progressive?

33 votes

Late 1970s and 6502 chip facilities for operating systems

31 votes

Why were nested functions excluded from B and C?

29 votes

How do I find out the REAL title of a given video game?

28 votes
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Did any software attempt to perform 8086 emulation on the 80286 using LOADALL, in the vein of the later virtual 8086 mode of the 80386?

26 votes
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Did the PDP-8 designers consider a stack?

25 votes

Why did MacOS Classic choose the colon as a path separator?

24 votes

Is there any text to speech program that will run on an 8- or 16-bit CPU?

24 votes

Why were there no 32-bit versions of 65xx CPUs, or 64-bit versions of m68k CPUs?

22 votes

Why are old CPUs like MOS Technology 6502 and Motorola 68000 considered better for real time systems applications than modern x86 based CPUs?

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Was there a Western computer with blatantly missing instructions in the instruction set?

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How much space did the 68000 registers take up?

19 votes

How can a Game Boy game "glitch-inherit" the music from a different game like this?

19 votes

Was memory corruption a common problem in large programs written in assembly language?

18 votes

Were all Amigas except for A1000 un-upgradeable OS-wise?

18 votes

Was the ZX Spectrum used for serious number crunching?

17 votes

How did humans interact with early computers without screens or sensors?

16 votes

Could you manually eject a floppy quick enough to prevent data loss?

16 votes

Are there runnable Multics systems available?

16 votes

Advantage of RS-232 over 20mA current loop