Ok fine, the commodore had better 80column support and everything supported 64k unlikeThe C64? You may be thinking of the C128. The C64 needed a special program which I can't recall the name to do 80 column mode; C128 had it in hardware (and required a RGB monitor to display it on).
and ya know I still hate the "load "$",8" followed by "list". Both atari and apples at the very least offered boot disk support.You're right that the C64 didn't boot, but a C128 would seek for a disk when powered on, and you could also boot the disk by entering "BOOT" in basic.