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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for April 22, 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 member andrew.beals felt I didn't go back far enough when I listed the ancestry of the Intel 8086 microprocessors, from which a majority of modern personal computer CPUs is descended:

"The 8085 was backwards-compatible with the 8080...which was predated by the 8008 and 4004 chips."

You're right, the 8080 and 8008 deserve a mention. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, and keep those quibbles coming!

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