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Stephen Kitt
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It's now safe to turn off your computer

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Why does part of the Windows 98 Setup program look older than the rest?

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Why did MS-DOS applications built using Turbo Pascal fail to start with a division by zero error on faster systems?

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Why did some old MS-DOS games lack the ability to exit them?

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What character is the MS-DOS cursor?

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How was copying prevented when the first CD-ROM games were introduced?

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Why is Windows using CR+LF and Unix just LF when Unix is the older system?

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On DOS computers, what would the PARK command do?

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What key factor led to the sudden commercial success of MS Windows with v3.0?

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How much better was DEC Alpha than contemporaneous x86?

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Could you reverse engineer silicon just by looking at it?

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What's the story behind the name "X11"?

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Is there any code in Firefox (as of 2020) that comes from Netscape Navigator?

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Who set the 640K limit?

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Why do keyboards have an asterisk key?

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Exactly what color was the text on monochrome terminals with green-on-black and amber-on-black screens?

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Were later MS-DOS versions still implemented in x86 assembly?

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Intel CPU bug in the '90s

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Were any of the books mentioned in this scene from the movie Hackers real?

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How exactly did Windows become the OS of the home PC?

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When was the famous "sudo warning" introduced? Under what background? By whom?

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Why did C have the return type before function names?

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How do DOS games like DOOM benefit from a PCI graphics card?

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Who is credited for the creation of Assembly Language?

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

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Why are the symbols on the number keys of PC & Mac keyboards different to ASCII keyboards?

67 votes

Which "very esoteric processor instructions" are used by OS/2?

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What warning was given on attempting to post to USENET, circa 1990?

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Why did computers use a power supply with a socket?

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What did AOL use for pre-web GUI client?

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