There is some good assembly history in this slashdot thread:

http://developers.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/05/228200&mode=thread&tid=126&tid=146&tid=156&tid=99

Particularly, this post is quite inspiring to me. :)
Posted on 2004-02-06 09:32:38 by bitRAKE
Interesting reading. Wow
We are all lamers....
we should stop using asm and move to the new http://win32binarycommunity.net :tongue:
Posted on 2004-02-06 14:42:52 by Milos