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Some of you may (and the rest of you won’t) remember a time in the history of your computer usage where starting up your machine took almost no time at all and the thing confirmed that it was “READY” to hear what you had to say. It would even give you a coherent response if you typed in a simple arithmetic expression (as long as you typed a “?” first). It was good stuff.

Atari 800XL startup screen

The Atari 800XL screen as it appeared the moment you turned the power on—in BASIC and awaiting your command. Few computers before or since have been this prepared.

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