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Chromatix
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61 votes

Why was the return key symbol ↵ drawn differently from the motion of a CR-LF?

60 votes

Why were relays prevalent in early 1940s computers when vacuum tubes were also available?

49 votes
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Why were optical drives not used as secondary storage instead of magnetic drives?

36 votes

When did compilers start generating optimized code that runs faster than an average programmer's assembly code?

35 votes
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Why did the IBM PC have an internal power supply?

34 votes

What did the "programs" that "human computers" executed look like?

30 votes
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Did the 68000 separate A/D registers save circuitry?

30 votes
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Why does PAUSE key have a long make code and no break code?

28 votes

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

26 votes
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3 beeps on a 486 computer with an American Megatrends bios?

25 votes
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Was it possible to write a novel on a BBC Micro 16kb/32kb memory era computer without expansions?

25 votes

What is DRAM refresh and why is the weird Apple II video memory layout affected by it?

24 votes

How did the "Programmer's Switch" work on early Macintosh Computers?

23 votes
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Why the change in layout of single and double precision in floating-point registers?

21 votes

Could you create a loop in direct-mode with BASIC?

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How did 68k-based Macs (or other contemporary systems) detect how much RAM was installed?

19 votes

Was it possible programmatically to manipulate the volume as well as the pitch on computers with no sound chip?

19 votes

Why is the keyboard and cellphone / telephone numbers in a different order?

19 votes

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

19 votes

Why did so many early microcomputers use the MOS 6502 and variants?

18 votes
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Are the 6809 and 6809E different from a programmer's point of view?

18 votes
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9-pin vs 10-pin serial port ribbon cables

17 votes

How did the Rush 3D engine in Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride work?

17 votes
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What was the 1 MHz bus used for on the BBC micro series?

17 votes
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x87 trigonometric instructions

17 votes

Do the holes in Jacquard loom punched cards represent input data or program code?

17 votes
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Cost of unrestricted sprites

16 votes

How slow was the 6502 BASIC compared to Assembly

16 votes

What does it take to recreate microchips like 68000 and 6502 in their original process nodes nowadays?

16 votes

Can special tools recover data from floppy disks when Windows Explorer fails to do so?

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