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Will Hartung
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89 votes

Why didn't C++ specify filename extensions?

72 votes

How did people use ed?

55 votes

In what language(s) is the return value set by assigning to the function’s name?

44 votes

When did assembly source code begin to be written in lowercase?

34 votes

Why did IBM make the PC BIOS source code public?

33 votes
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Why plastic cases?

32 votes

Why was hardware diversification an asset for the IBM PC ecosystem?

31 votes

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

30 votes

Dealing with oversized files decades ago? Data transfer in the age of floppy disks

28 votes

Were 9.2 file names possible in MS-DOS?

28 votes

What windowing system had the first size-proportional scroll bar?

24 votes
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Z80 to x86 asm translator?

24 votes

Why was MacOS unix certified?

23 votes

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

22 votes

Porting use of BASIC to-the-power ^ operator

21 votes
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Did any compilers hash long symbol names when truncating them?

20 votes
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How did dot matrix printers do Landscape?

20 votes
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Why did expert systems fall?

19 votes

Is there a reason why MS-DOS didn't use more English words for commands?

19 votes

Are there vintage or historical bitmapped fonts available for non-commercial use?

18 votes

Cassette tape storage formats

18 votes

The Slowest Microprocessor

17 votes

Simplest system to create an emulator for

16 votes
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How was it possible to run IBM mainframe software in emulation on HP?

15 votes

Why does the 6502 have the BIT instruction?

15 votes

References for the complexity of the COBOL language

13 votes

What is the most rudimentary input method a platform has ever been programmed in?

12 votes

What "unusual" syntax assembly languages are/were there?

12 votes

Developing an application in the era of cassette tapes (audio-tapes)

12 votes

What caused the demise of BASIC/BASICA in the late 1980's?