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Greed started the problem of our language and laziness entrenched it, but snobbishness lionizes it. The history of English is a tale of vice… and that is a word, by the way, that we got from the French – even if we can’t blame them for the vices themselves.


According to this BBC article, anyway.


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even if we can’t blame them for the vices themselves.
... of course we can.


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For some reason, I can't pull up the article.
 
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For some reason, I can't pull up the article.

Works for me, and I use a Commodore 64.
 
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I finally did pull it up, and I loved it. Great link, arnie.

You don't use a Commodore 64, right? (I am pretty gullible.) That was our first computer. I remember, before Word Perfect or Word, Shu found a word processing program in a magazine and typed it in so that we could word process. There were kinks, though. You had to type c and then /c for underlines, for example. Heaven forbid if you forgot the /c in a long document, which I did with my dissertation once. The entire draft was underlined.

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Not a Commodore but I did build one when they first came out from parts. Took a week and it would only generate square roots.
 
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I'm ready to go back to my Coleco Adam.

The cognitive rehab program I had to work through after having had my brains knocked out only worked on a Commodore 64 at first, but after shit-for-brains Geoff got through with it it was a Commode 64.
 
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Sinclair ZX81. A massive 1k of RAM. Plugged into the TV as a monitor. Screen went blank while processing. Ah, those were the days.


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I was perhaps a later adopter. My first computer was an IBM PC clone running Windows 3.1. Slightly earlier we'd been supplied at work with IBM PS/2s running PC-DOS.


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We were early adopters, but rather late ones now. There's always something new and it's hard to keep up - even with the terminology.
 
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