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100 votes
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Why didn't the 8086 use linear addressing?

73 votes

Why did IBM make the PC BIOS source code public?

63 votes
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Did Microsoft really reserve secret APIs in Windows?

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Did any compiler fully use Intel x87 80-bit floating point?

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Why did 8-bit Basic use 40-bit floating point?

37 votes

Did any PC software floating point use non-IEEE format?

35 votes
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What did the DoD think Fortran lacked?

33 votes

What was the point of separating stdout and stderr?

33 votes
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Why was the Apple III considered a failure (if indeed it was)?

28 votes
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How were the signs for logical and arithmetic operators decided?

22 votes

What was the first Object Oriented programming language?

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When did FORTRAN decide on signed integers?

21 votes

What were the actual memory model definitions in MS-DOS?

20 votes

References for the complexity of the COBOL language

19 votes

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

19 votes

Why did Western designs suddenly overtake native Russian ones in the USSR?

17 votes
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How did SABRE work interactively without screens?

17 votes
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What was the second platform supported by SAP?

15 votes
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What process node were 4k and 16k DRAMs first made at?

14 votes

Why not use fractions instead of floating point?

13 votes
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Did Digital Research clean-room MS-DOS?

11 votes

Why were nested functions excluded from B and C?

10 votes

Was 36-bits needed for LISP?

8 votes

How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

8 votes

Did Cray computers use virtual memory?

8 votes

Did arcade monitors have same pixel aspect ratio as TV sets?

8 votes

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

8 votes

Why does cat with no argument read from standard input?

7 votes

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

7 votes
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When did MOS Technology upgrade to 5µm?