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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?

109 votes

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

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

92 votes

Why were those colors chosen to be the default palette for 256-color VGA?

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What made Windows Me so crash-prone?

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Why does NumLock exist?

83 votes

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

78 votes

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

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

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

76 votes

Why did the IBM PC need a sound card?

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

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

74 votes

What was the rationale behind 36 bit computer architectures?

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

71 votes
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Why did line printers have 132 columns?

69 votes
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Why did older computers and OSes use UPPER case instead of lower case?

68 votes
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How does the 68060 branch predictor work?

66 votes
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Why were chips socketed in early computers?

65 votes
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Did personal computers ever support 8" floppies?

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

64 votes

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

64 votes

How did the IEC decide to create kibibytes?

64 votes

What is this large device labelled 'Telefunken Datenspeicher' and how does it work?

63 votes

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

62 votes
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Why were most PCs and electronics beige back in the day?

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