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

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

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Did Windows NT 4 emulate x86 on non-Intel platforms?

63 votes

Why did computers use a power supply with a socket?

61 votes

Can an x86 CPU running in real mode be considered to be basically an 8086 CPU?

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What did AOL use for pre-web GUI client?

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Is it true that Netscape Navigator eventually became Mozilla Firefox?

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Detect ancient web browser server-side to present appropriate HTML?

60 votes

Why were some early PC 3D cards unsuitable for 2D graphics?

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How does the LOADALL instruction on the 80286 work?

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Did the computer mouse always output relative x/y and not absolute?

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Can anyone identify this unknown 1988 PC card from The Palantir Corporation?

57 votes

What was the last x86 CPU that did not have the x87 floating-point unit built in?

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Is DOS being shipped with or as an installed OS?

55 votes
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Why is there only one PS/2 port on my computer?

54 votes

Why did "protected-mode MS-DOS" never happen?

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What do the keys on this Symbolics Space Cadet keyboard do?

53 votes
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How does the command.com shell work with MS-DOS?

52 votes

Could we have avoided the whole UTF-16 fiasco?

51 votes
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Did they forget to add the physical layout to the USB keyboard standard?

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Was Windows 95 really released in 1995?

50 votes

How was the @ sign added to keyboards and character sets?

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Can x86 processors run 8-bit applications?

50 votes

Why were floppy disks invented after hard disks?

48 votes

How can I tell whether a DOS-looking exe. requires a 32-bit CPU to run?

48 votes
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Why does make only accept tab-indentation?

47 votes
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When did HTTP start compressing text?

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How fast were BASIC interpreters in the 80s? (Is this optimization for speed really necessary?)

46 votes
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Correct pronunciation of `vi` (Unix editor)?

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Why did ones' complement decline in popularity?

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