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Typing code to use apps for free in the 80s

5251, Beaudesert Shire, Pilbara, Australia       May 20, 2017
lagging - Flickr/gmahender Would you type in millions of lines of codes so you can use expensive software like Adobe Photoshop or games like "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" for free? Probably not. It would take so long that a new version of the app or game would come out before you'd finish and you'd need to start all over again. But according to producer Meg Cramer on the fourth episode of Tech Insider and Marketplace's Codebreaker podcast, typing in the raw code for apps and updates was cheaper and faster than waiting for a floppy disk to come out in the 1980s.

It was really hard to update software in the '80s. Listen to Meg Cramer try to update an Apple II:

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