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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for April 15, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the March 25, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Spirit of x86."

If you uncover a questionable fact or debatable aspect of this week's Geek Trivia, just post it in the discussion area of the article. Every week, yours truly will choose the best quibble from our assembled masses and discuss it in a future edition of Geek Trivia.

This week's quibble comes from the March 25, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Spirit of x86." TechRepublic members Brian, DCR-Mo, and Roscojim dinged me for suggesting that the Intel 80186 was a PC microprocessor, with the latter spilling the beans on why I tripped up:

"The Tandy 2000 used the 80186 processor. It would fail the 'official' IBM-compatible test - running Flight Simulator. Therefore, it didn't sell."

Ah, the vagaries of product classification. Thanks for the correction, and keep those quibbles coming!

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