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    Ceramic package and gold standard

    Thinking about it, the move from ceramic (gold) DRAM packaging to plastic happened right as US DRAM was declining in favour of the Japanese. It would be funny if you had to pay for chips in volume using gold, and this gold was used to package the chips. I wonder what the Federal Reserve would...
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    Removal of 10Mbps Ethernet support

    With NBase-T, manufacturers are beginning to remove 10Mbps Ethernet support.
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    Two bugs in MS software today

    One image is from msexcl40!ParseA1Reference in Windows6.0-KB4050795-x86.msu. Other image is from EQNEDT32.EXE from this month's Office updates.
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    Before OS/2 Was OS/2

    http://www.os2museum.com/wp/before-os2-was-os2/ I assume that most users of S-100 systems were technical users who know for example how to modify the CP/M BIOS code, right?
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    Linux to disable virtual 8086 mode support by default

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    Year 2014/2015 problems with Domain/OS

    So I was reading about the Year 1997 problem with Domain/OS and saw mentions of a Year 2014 problem with UIDs. Then I read http://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/pdf/apollo/AEGIS_Internals_and_Data_Structures_Jan86.pdf and realized that UIDs had a 36-bit field containing creation time. It is an...
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    Old Intel "yellow books" with expired NDA

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/comp.os.msdos.apps/L1sSsXqYKFE/QCyxpisn4c0J Wonder if anyone have a copy now that this NDA has expired.
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    William's Homemade Computer

    http://dubel.org/computer/ A rig like this would be useful for reading the EDX on reset, particularly on older CPUs that do not have CPUID.
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    If you make PCs and you’re not Lenovo, you might be in trouble

    An article from Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/if-you-make-pcs-and-youre-not-lenovo-you-might-be-in-trouble/ Personally, I think it is funny they ended up taking the lead again after IBM sold the PC division to Lenovo. Of course, the original IBM PC is more...
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    Linux kernel to finally drop support for 386 processors

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    Why Intel did not release 386SX until 1988?

    Do anyone know why Intel did not release the 386SX until 1988, given the 286's problems? AFAIK that was after OS/2 1.0 was released that was designed for the 286.