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: It cannot be included
by aesiamun on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:14 UTC in reply to "It cannot be included"
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Can I rip DVDs with an iPad?
Can I rip CDs?
Can I play either of them?
Can it run an FTP server?
Can it run flash?
Can it burn disks?
Can I mirror a web server with it?
Can I remote into my PCs and vice versa?
It cannot do 3800 things I do every day and that includes all typical everyday PC tasks.

That is the definition of what a PC is NOT.

What makes you define a personal computer as having to run an ftp server or any of that? The commodore64 was a personal didn't do any of that. My netbook doesn't have an optical media drive, yet it is a PC. I can run a ftp server on my Moto that a PC? In fact I can do most of those tasks with my Moto Droid which is decidedly a phone...but does that make it a PC?

Or maybe we should look at the Wikpedia definition:
A personal computer (PC) is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end user with no intervening computer operator.

That makes the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, my Moto Droid, my netbook, my commodore64 and several other machines personal computers...

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