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Stephen Kitt
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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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Why did Intel abandon unified CPU cache?

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What is the arcade game played in the "The Boys Next Door" movie?

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Why does NT4 fail on boot if you give it an x64 CPU?

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Was the term "master" in source code management systems first used with the sense of master/replica or master/slave?

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Are there any good, non-abandoned PC emulators?

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Why was 'echo on' chosen as the default setting within batch scripts in MS-DOS?

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What was the first operating system to be called an "operating system"?

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Did a shuttle launch take most of the world's computing power?

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386SX, NES and how much did data lines really cost anyway?

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How was the 80186 incompatible with the IBM PC?

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What is the name of the publishing software used at IBM in the late 80s?

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Where is the ancient preprocessor?

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How did it come that SATA HDDs use ATA while SATA CD drives use SCSI as protocol?

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In what ways was the Windows NT POSIX implementation unsuited to real use?

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Did any DOS compatibility layers exist for any UNIX-like systems before DOS started to become outmoded?

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What are the software logos in MORICONS.DLL?

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Why wasn't DOSKEY integrated with COMMAND.COM?

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Why (historically) include the number of arguments (argc) as a parameter of main?

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How did SmartDrive work?

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Disk compression risks in MS-DOS

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What did corporations use for long-distance networks in the 1980s?

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Was OS/2 a viable alternative for daily DOS and Windows tasks?

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Why did some early CPUs use external math chips?

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What modification is required from a PC floppy for use in Amiga?

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How did MS-DOS assign drive letters in the case of more than two floppy disk drives?

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Was Dennis Ritchie being too modest in this quote about C and Pascal?

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Was Unix ever a single-user OS?

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What is the oldest commercial MS-DOS program that can run on modern versions of Windows without third-party software?

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