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Fujitsu Lifebook 280dx

Would questions on the hardware and upgrades of a Fujitsu Lifebook 280dx be on-topic? Its an Pentium 233 MHz laptop that shipped with NT/95.
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Can someone explain why this question is off topic?

My first question was closed for the off-topic reason, but I'm not sure why it's off topic. Before I posted the question I searched and saw other questions about old windows operating systems, and ...
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Commercially-available modern computers with retro characteristics?

What retro-style systems are currently being sold commercially? Currently I know about these projects: ZX Spectrum Next - the only one finished that I know about. The 8bit Guy's Commander X16 which ...
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Can I ask a question about how to maintain/fix components on a vintage Mac?

I would like to ask a question about how to maintain (clean-up corrosion) on a vintage Mac logic board. Is this question OK?
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Are questions about seemingly old design patterns (typically used on older systems) on-topic here?

I have recently been assigned to work on project that uses a lot of communication based on files, file watchers etc. This is a pattern that seems very old to me and I want to ask about it (of course, ...
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On asking about designing hardware for a new retro system

I've been thinking recently about the technical feasability of somebody making a new retrocomputing platform aimed at hobbyists. Specifically I've been wondering if it would be possible to design a ...
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Where, exactly, are the jurisdictional boundaries between Retrocomputing and the other computer-related Stack Exchanges (such as Super User)?

Both Retrocomputing and Super User deal with questions about the use and abuse of computers; Retrocomputing deals with questions involving “old” hardware or software, while Super User’s focus is on ...
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nitros9 (modified clone of retro OS) - on topic?

I want to ask a question about using nitros9. Nitros9 is a modern clone of the original OS-9 operating system used on the coco3. Nitros9 is run on both vintage coco3 hardware, and on modern ...
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Are questions about mechancial calculators & -computer, sliderules etc. on-topic?

It seems that questions about electronic calculators are on topic - but in the linked answer another questions is raised: What about mechanical calculators? I'd like to extend this question: Are ...
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Can I ask a question about retrocomputing accessories for repair recommendations?

Recently, I managed to break my TRS-80 tape recorder. And, I was wondering if its ontopic. Before I ask, (to me it seems obvious, but I want to be safe than sorry for generating any downvtotes) Can I ...
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Are questions about bugs in retro games on topic?

This question is sparked by the following three questions: Why does the Minus World exist? Why do parallel universes exist in Super Mario 64? What is the cause of Trent's circuit board strategy? All ...
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Change rule preventing “[q]uestions about earlier versions of a current machine or OS”?

To quote our help centre: Questions about modern, currently supported computers are off-topic. This includes questions about earlier versions of a current machine or OS. If interpreted strictly ...
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Is a new “retro” design in scope of this group?

I am following a project called the Commander X 16, a Commodore 64 inspired machine based on, but only somewhat compatible with it. My question: Is such a retro inspired development in scope of this ...
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Is asking for an article from an old computing periodical on-topic?

As a case in point, I am looking for an article from an issue of PCW from 1982 (but I don't know which month) which related to generating mazes/dungeons using pseudo random seeds, what I think are ...
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Are technical (not gameplay) questions about retro games consoles still on-topic?

I thought that this was clear-cut, as outlined in the answers to Are retro gaming consoles on-topic?, but Why can't special controllers or accessories be used with Super FX games? has gathered ...
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Are questions about historical web APIs on topic?

After rene suggested our site for "historical curiosity" questions on Meta Stack Overflow's It's time to bury [digg], I started wondering whether Digg's API would be on-topic for Retrocomputing. No, ...
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Lately some questions have asked about things which didn't actually happen

Here on Retrocomputing.SE we've lately had more than a few questions (including some of my own) about Hey what about this idea, did that ever happen? What if instead of doing it this way, they had ...
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What is the time period of “retrocomputing”

Sorry if this has already been answered. I haven't really figured out stackexchange yet. But what time period is retro computing? From the beginning to the 80s? 90s? Early 2000s?
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Are legacy OS's on modern systems on-topic?

Is it considered on topic to ask about non-supported (legacy) operating systems on modern computers (like a computer manufactured a few years ago)? For example, this question: Recently, I ...
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Homework Questions on RC

Clarification: This is about homework questions, i.e. Verbatim taken form the assignment/text book and moved into RC to let others do the work. Not about specific questions asked to do a homework. ...
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Are Backports On-Topic?

A recent comment by Wizzwizz4 about the issue of Building Legacy Software on Modern Systems pointed me to a great question about building 'legacy' software in their contemporary environment even ...
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Are questions about building new hardware, restricted to a specific era technology on topic?

I asked this question: Smallest/Simplest, modern pure relay computer with at least 4-bits data words and found that it may be considered off topic in Retrocomputing. Another user advised me to ask ...
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Are questions about devices such as the new Commodore 64 Mini on topic here?

Title says it all. Are questions about devices such as the new Commodore 64 Mini on topic here? It seems like an interesting device, but mainly seems to be a C-64 emulator running on an ARM chip. And ...
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Is SCSI considered to be retro?

Inspired by the recent PATA discussion, it occurred to me that deciding whether SCSI was on topic or not would be a highly relevant point to consider. SCSI has been used in machines since the 1980s, ...
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Is PATA considered retro?

I have been making the assertion that PATA is on-topic, but it turns out that there isn't actually much (or any) consensus to back this assertion up with. Are questions about PATA, with no other ...
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Are questions asking for modern hardware to interface with old hardware on topic?

A while ago I asked this question on hardwarerecs stack about what kind of USB adapter would let me ATA Secure Erase a PATA hard disk. I still have never found one, and the good people over at that ...
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Is asking where an obscure filesystem was used on-topic?

While chatting about data recovery, an obscure filesystem has come up. It has a MBR partition ID (maybe?) — but while it appears in those ID tables there is never any indication of where it came from ...
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Are questions about data recovery on-topic?

This question is inspired by Retrieving text documents from a 2.0Mb/2.0 HD floppy disk?, which has attracted close-votes for being off-topic. Do we consider questions about data recovery on-topic? ...
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Are superlative questions on-topic?

In July this year, rwallace posted a question about the Largest ratio between base and maximum RAM, which was well received. Earlier this month, the same user posted a question about the Maximum size ...
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Repeated Questions Pondering Around a Topic

(caveat: Although the trigger here are questions of a single user, this is not about him or the things he want to learn) Over the last weeks a multitude of questions have been asked pondering around ...
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Are programming questions on-topic?

Is it on-topic if the programming question is specific to a retro computer or CPU? Examples: Apple II, or Zilog Z80. What about an obsolete, platform-independent OS or programming language? Examples: ...
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Where to ask this question

I wonder when and how a context switch was first introduced. Is that welcome to ask or is there some better place to find out?
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Are old standards still in use on-topic?

Standards like EBCDIC and CGA are on-topic. They are considered retro and are largely obsolete today. However, a consensus about standards that have not stopped being used has not been reached. Case ...
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Are x86 programming questions on-topic?

Do questions like these belong on Retrocomputing? How to write directly to video memory in MS-DOS? Why the "jmp" instruction is not working? It looks to me like questions like this should ...
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Sharing knowledge

I have recently made a few games for the Sinclair ZX80 with 4K ROM (mostly unexpanded, but some requiring as much as 2K of RAM) - would it be acceptable to share what I know so far about programming ...
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Are questions about terminology on-topic?

With technology comes technological jargon. Often, this is not written down and so is lost to antiquity; when it is used in written work the definitions are crucial to understanding the sentences in ...
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Should “Which original retrocomputer OS's are still maintained and updated today, for original hardware?” be a community wiki Q&A pair?

Which original retrocomputer OS's are still maintained and updated today, for original hardware? This question is based on my upvoted comment here. To me, this is a list question. Answers would ...
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Is retro software still in modern codebases on-topic?

Softwares like Internet Explorer 3 and Photoshop 1.0.1 are on-topic. They are considered retro and their codebases only partially resemble the modern versions. However, a consensus about software that ...
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Do we want legal questions?

I see that Is it legal to download ROM images from shared or internet archives? has entered the CV queue. Do we want legal questions on Retrocomputing? We have this issue on Stack Overflow all of ...
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Are “Identify This Console” questions on-topic?

Hear me out, I'm not asking about questions like "What Xbox is this?" There are a various console clones (such as "Famiclones") that have been produced in across Europe and Asia, especially in the ...
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Do we want list questions?

We have had a few questions recently that have been somewhat broad, essentially asking for a list. Two in particular: What early home computers have more than one CPU, where both could be used by the ...
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Do we have a generic “Composite Video to HD/Upscaling” question? If not, would it be a good fit?

Seeing Commodore 64 to modern TV on the front page today reminded me of an earlier question, Can I hook up an Atari 8-bit computer to a flat-screen tv. Should we have a generic RCA/Composite ...
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Are questions about modern re-implementations on-topic?

There is a question about rendering overtype in HTML that's on-topicness has been questioned. In the comments Leo B. asked the following: Food for thought: would a question about a way to reproduce ...
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What topics can I ask around here?

We've closed quite a few questions as "off-topic". This close reason references the Help Center's on-topic page. This page is currently near-empty, and provides no information as to what is on-topic ...
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What can I do with my [insert machine name here]? Questions

So this question regarding the Apple II got flagged as off topic for being too broad and primarily opinion based. I agree with that, buut I also feel like it'd be pretty cool to have a list of crazy ...
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Raspberry PI? Should questions about it be allowed, and should it get a tag?

Just discovered this beta, it looks right up my alley. I'm wondering users can ask questions on the Raspberry Pi, as it can be used to emulate older hardware.
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Are questions about the Supercard (CF/SD/Lite/Rumble) for GBA and NDS on-topic?

I recently found my original Supercard SD for the GBA and Superkey, which allows for the playback of GBA and NDS ROMs on the original Nintendo DS. To play any games on the actual hardware, one must ...
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Are “Where are they now?” questions on topic?

I'd like to know "what happened next" to some well-known games authors and personalities from the 1980's UK home computing industry. Are such questions on topic, or as the facts will undoubtedly ...
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Are questions about how to build legacy software on modern systems off-topic?

I recently asked a question on how to build an old version of the Game Boy SDK on a modern system: How can I build Gameboy Development Kit 2.1.5 on a modern Unix/Mac platform? Yesterday, a user has ...
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Can I ask and answer questions related to the Infinity Game Boy Color source code?

Recently, Affinix Software released the incomplete source code for their Game Boy Color game Infinity. Most of the source code and graphics is licensed under Noncommercial Creative Commons except for ...