Tabs -vs- Spaces: Tabs should have won.

MRAB python at
Mon Jul 18 12:59:19 EDT 2011

On 18/07/2011 14:52, Duncan Booth wrote:
> Tim Chase<python.list at>  wrote:
>> On 07/17/2011 08:01 PM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>>> Roy Smith wrote:
>>>> We don't have that problem any more.  It truly boggles my
>>>> mind that we're still churning out people with 80 column
>>>> minds.  I'm willing to entertain arguments about readability
>>>> of long lines, but the idea that there's something magic
>>>> about 80 columns is hogwash.
>>> I agree! Which is why I set my line width to 78 columns.
>> Bah, when I started programming
>> on the Apple ][+, we had no
>> lower-case and a 40-column limit
>> on the TV display.
>> But you try and tell the young
>> people today that...
>> and they won't believe ya'.
> Acorn System One: 9 character 7 segment led display and 25 key keypad, 1Kb
> RAM, 512 bytes ROM.
1KB RAM? Wow!

Science of Cambridge Mk14, with extra RAM and I/O chip, total of 640
bytes (some reserved for monitor program).

Main RAM at 0xF00..0xFFF, extra RAM at 0xB00..0xBFF, I/O RAM somewhere

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