[IAEP] The Guardian: PlayPower: 1980s computing for the 21st century

Sean DALY sdaly.be at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 16:33:48 EST 2009


I taught myself BASIC and then 6502 assembly language on a Commodore
VIC-20 with COMPUTE! magazine back in the day.

But what I really liked was the incredibly friendly little manual,
such as this priceless advice for the BASIC prompt: "hit Enter a
couple of times to clear it out." Any engineer would have insisted
(correctly) that this was unnecessary... but that anonymous manual
writer was a psychologist; s/he knew that a computing novice nervous
about "harming" the machine could quickly gain confidence with that
little tic.


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