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What is a PC?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Steveknj, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    I am looking at this page on the internet running on my PC. My PC runs Mac OS because it is manufactured by Apple Corporation. I could choose to run a Unix varient (probably runs behind OS anyway) or Windows.

    Does anyone remember when these were called Microcomputers? Minis were about the size of a large Xerox machine.
  2. Waldorf

    Waldorf Super Duper Member

    Oct 4, 2002
    Phoenix, AZ
    Here's a little fuel for the fire... Anyone remember the PC World article in 2007?

    The fastest Windows Vista notebook we've tested this year--or for that matter, ever--is a Mac. Not a Dell, not a Toshiba, not even an Alienware. The $2419 (plus the price of a copy of Windows Vista, of course) MacBook Pro's PC WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 88 beats Gateway's E-265M by a single point, but the MacBook's score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn't care less whether you run Windows.

    Source: PC World
  3. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    Apple will tell you that they sell hardware. Microsoft sells software so in actuality they really don't compete. Microsoft is trying with the Surface tablet and a Windows mobile phone but as I am typing this post on an iPad the only real competition is from Android based phones and tablets.
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    The mods must be on vacation.

  5. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

    Aug 2, 2003

    PC = personal computer. I don't see any reason to tie it to x86. But, I don't know if the term is really useful anymore.
  6. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    My Intel Atom netbook is a PC. It runs Windows XP and Ubuntu 12.10 Linux. Just like my like my dual Xeon dual core workstation. My netbook's 1.6ghz single core is quite a bit slower than the four 2.7ghz cores on my workstation but to me a PC is defined not by its speed, but by what OS and software it can run.

    In the past, PC meant IBM-PC compatible. My definition has changed. I now consider my C64 (from almost 30 years ago) a PC.

    I really don't know what I consider a PC anymore. My Tivos aren't PCs. My tablet isn't a PC. My netbook, desktop, and workstation are (all running Windows and Linux). I guess it is like porn. I know it when I see it.

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