Points of divergence concerning electronic technologies and the development of electronics and electronic consumer products. All POD entries are sorted as chronologically as possible.
What if the computer is never invented ?
Alternate terminology in computing sciences and computing practice
WI: A complete difference engine in the 1820s
If Babbage's Analytical Engine had been made, what could it have done ?
WI: Percy Ludgate survived - analytical engine in the early 20th century ?
Plausibility check: Edison vacuum tubes ?
Challenge: Earlier transistors
Challenge: Earlier Transistor Era
Tesla invents the transistor in 1896
WI: Earlier transistor tech and Weimar Germany
How do computers develop with earlier transistors ?
German computers in WWII
WWII Colossus computer PODs
Skip the Tubes: On to the Circuits !
Challenge: Computer Race during the Cold War
A different ARPANET
A world without the microchip ?
Challenge: Much Earlier Internet
Plausibility check: Internet never invented (1)
Plausibility check: Internet never invented (2)
Ouestions for a computer related what-if (1971 ASB POD)
Challenge: Terminals and mainframes instead of desktop PCs
Challenge: Not Apple, but Xerox Computers
No UNIX ?
Challenge: Make UNIX the world's dominant operating system
Challenge: Delay video game development
Engineering without computer models/simulations ?
WI the Soviets had modern computers ?
What countries could sustain a native computer industry?
Steve Jobs: IBM's Boy Wonder
WI: No Apple. How long are home computers delayed ?
WI: Microsoft never becomes popular
Successful Fifth Generation Computer ?
Different post-1984 computer industry
What if floppy discs had serial copy management?
Alternate (Japanese ?) operating systems
The predecessor for the PS1 GPU dates 1986 !
NEC ARM 32bit Arcade Cabinet and Console ?
WI: ZX Spectrum dominates computer market in 2008
Internet in a continued Cold War
Challenge: Could Moore's Law be faster?
No PC/Microsoft hegemony
WI: Apple goes under in the 1990s
Could the Mini-Disc have succeeded ? (1)
Could the Mini-Disc have succeeded ? (2)
Alternate Apple Newton developments
Challenge: Linux has a major market share by 2010
Challenge: Make Acorn survive past 1998
Keep Nokia competitive
What if the 360 had a Blu-ray player, and the PS3 a HD-DVD player ?
DBWI: 25th anniversary of The rebirth of Atari
ASB WI: Dies the Transistor
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