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Comment Re:Steve (Score 4, Informative) 440

The Apple ][ originally competed with the Commodore PET (and a number of other early personal computers). The Apple ][ had color and good sound support, while Commodore didn't have that until the Commodore 64, which was released in 1982. (The Apple ][ was released in 1977.) The Apple ][ also had a good, fast, inexpensive and reliable floppy drive while Commodore released a number of slow and expensive floppy drives.

Comment Re:Former subscriber (Score 1) 156

as a full-time programmer I haven't cracked a single book or magazine related to programming in over a year. My extensive library collects extensive dust.

I'd suggest you read something, perhaps something outside of your professional area. Reading up on things outside of your area of focus can help you develop as a programmer, see things in a different light, etc...

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