Computers: Slugging It Out in the Schoolyard

Manufacturers are scrambling to get to the head of the class

It looked like an old-fashioned college protest right out of the '60s. This demonstration, however, had a contemporary twist: more than 100 angry students at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo had marched into the president's office to demand a chance to buy Apple's Macintosh computer at a discount. The California manufacturer had been offering selected colleges its new machine, which retails for $2,495, for resale to students at a price of just over $1,000. Two dozen universities, including Harvard, Yale...

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