Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 16:00 UTC
In the News An interesting discussion is currently raging through the world of computing, or more accurately, through the world of bloggers and analysts. It basically comes down to this: should the iPad be included in laptop and desktop sales figures? If it is included - Apple becomes the largest PC manufacturer in the United States. But, if the iPad should be included - why not the modern smartphone?
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RE: Special vs General
by WereCatf on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:03 UTC in reply to "Special vs General"
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A general purpose computer, in addition to web browsing, ought to be capable of all the other "general" computing tasks like word processing, spreadsheets, database management, financial management, photo, sound, and video editing, programming, playing games, etc. and it should be able to do them all acceptably well [for its time period].

Obviously, the user doesn't have to do every one of those things, but the hardware and OS should be capable of doing them decently.

So, if there is no OS or the OS is not capable of these things/doesn't allow them then it's not a PC? Thus, a desktop computer without an OS installed is in fact not a PC until there is an OS on it? My my, that's a rather arbitrary definition and doesn't quite work well.

The fact is, OS can be removed and/or changed in most cases, including smartphones. By your definition they'd be PCs once the OS can handle it, and a desktop computer wouldn't be a PC if there was no OS yet on it.

Also, the performance of the computer in question either doesn't define what is a PC and what isn't: even an old i386 is still a PC even though it's inadequate by today's standards. Just as is a modern low-end desktop computer; even if it didn't play all the latest games and CAD applications it's still a PC.

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