I want my XNA…

[As usual, this is also on the BBC News website]

I used to be a programmer, working for a small software house in Cambridge on the development of a database management system. I wrote programs in C, running on a multi-user Unix-based system that supported sixteen dumb terminals with half a megabyte of main memory and, if I remember correctly, a ten- or twenty-megabyte hard drive.
They were happy days, even if the entire office was running from a system less powerful than my swanky new XDA mobile phone with its two gigabyte memory card, and I still describe myself as a programmer sometimes, mostly when I want people to leave me alone at parties.
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