That does not compute

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Thu Dec 31 22:01:54 1998

On Thu, 31 Dec 1998, Ward Donald Griffiths III wrote:

> Well, "PRINT _at_" was standard in all of the TRS-80 BASIC interpreters,
> and in most other Microsoft BASICs I've used (never done VB -- is it
> still there?). And the tilde in net use is a carryover from Unix as
> an abbreviation for a home directory, used it myself that way since
> early Tandy Xenix days (call it 1983). The tilde didn't exist on the
> Mod 1/3 or CoCo (stock) keyboards.

AppleSoft didn't have a PRINT _at_ statement so chalk that one up to my
arrogant ignorance. Interestingly though, Woz squeezed the '_at_' symbol
on to the original Apple ][ keyboard above the P key (shift-P = _at_). Who
knows why. The _at_ wasn't used for anything inherent in the Apple.

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