Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2005 20:49 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The news that Apple is going to switch to Intel processors shook up the computing world. Many users and developers were eager to publish their opinions on the switch. However, one group of people were totally neglected during all this: resellers. Today, we feature an interview with Wim Schermer, first Dutchman to own a Mac (in 1984), and co-founder of one of the biggest Apple retail stores in The Netherlands, MacSupport. We discuss the switch to Intel, and much more.
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RE: omg
by dru_satori on Fri 5th Aug 2005 16:25 UTC in reply to "omg"
dru_satori
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Only in the most general sense of the word. Technically speaking, a Mac is a 'Personal Computer'. However, it's been many years since the Mac described itself that way. Some people would, and could make a case for modern Mac's being 'workstation' class computers. I'm not one of them, I always felt that to be a misnomer anyways. For what's it's worth, IBM service marked the IBM PC, and the clones of the original 4.77 mhz 8086 based IBM PC used the term 'PC' (not the full Personal Computer as you are inferring it to be) as a general moniker for 'x86 computer capable of running software designed for the IBM PC and compatable devices'. This general term does not therefore include the Mac, as it does not meet that criteria.

As an aside, it is called Virtual 'PC', not Virtual x86, though that is in fact what it is.

In short, while you may be technically correct on one level, you are incorrect on the more approriate social and conversational level.

A Mac may be a Personal Computer, it is not a PC, which in a nod to the evolution of spoken language may have started life as an acronym for Personal Computer, it has become through common usage a moniker that means x86 compatable computer.

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