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Raffzahn
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Why is the keyboard and cellphone / telephone numbers in a different order?

151 votes

Why did some early CPUs use external math chips?

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How did people use ed?

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Why did moving the mouse cursor cause Windows 95 to run more quickly?

103 votes

What is between the sectors of floppy disks?

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Did many programs really store years as two characters (Y2K bug)?

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Why does NumLock exist?

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What made Windows Me so crash-prone?

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Why were CLIs typically light text on dark background, whereas GUIs typically use(d) dark text on light background?

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Did any 8-bit computer system / OS have concepts for concurrency and multitasking like we know from today?

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

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

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Why does the 80486 take longer to execute simple instructions than complex ones?

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How was C ported to architectures that had no hardware stack?

74 votes

Why did the IBM PC need a sound card?

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How did Woz write the Apple 1 BASIC before building the computer?

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Why do old games use flashing as means of showing damage?

69 votes

What was the rationale behind 36 bit computer architectures?

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How does the 68060 branch predictor work?

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Why were chips socketed in early computers?

65 votes

How did the IEC decide to create kibibytes?

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Did personal computers ever support 8" floppies?

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Why did line printers have 132 columns?

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Why was "C:" chosen for the first hard drive partition?

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Locked-up DOS computer beeped on keypress. What mechanism caused that?

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Why did trackballs disappear?

60 votes

How long can a floppy disk spin for before wearing out?

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Have programming languages driven hardware development?

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History of Ctrl-S and Ctrl-Q for flow control

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Why did Nintendo name its console the "Famicom"?

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