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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Dekonega
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2009-07-28

This is something I've always tried to explain common people for years now... PC means same thing as microcomputer these days. Every smartphone is a pc (with a phone feature), integrated gaming devices (playstation 3, xbox 360, etc.) are pcs, and so on...

There are only four kinds of computers in this world (super computers, mainframe computers, mini computers and personal computers).

Apple Macintoshes are not "Macs". Those devices are PCs built on top of Intel-architecture (IBM-PC) and their brand is Macintosh and they run different operating system from mainstream clone Intel-architecture PCs.

Spectum is a PC, Amiga is a PC, C=64 is a PC. Why people talk about these devices using separate "Home computer" entity? 100% compatible clone IBM-PCs (that Intel-architecture) are as "home computers" classic architectures are/where.

And the most annoying thing I've ever heard directly from Microsoft executive's mouth was the claim that "Windows equals to PC"... And that was like ten years ago. But because of it most software boxes which read: "For IBM-PC or 100% Compatibles" disappeared and where replaced by "For PC". So we are in deep shit now. We have category "PC" and inside that category is architecture/platform called "PC".

Windows ≠ PC, Mac = PC, Linux ≠ OS (Gnu/linux = OS), and PC ≠ PC...

So yeah, iPad is a PC. And we really need to reverse these BS changes made by company PR departments over time span of 10 to 15 years. Apple for example makes direct use of the situation by claiming to be something else than PC when in fact they are as PC as they claim Microsoft to be. Differences do not come from different HW but from different OS. And it's time to think differently about that too...

For the clean and understandable computer terminology!

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Dekonega Member since:
2009-07-28

I totally would love to see everybody to talk about OSes when refering to different platforms instead of the usual BS: "For PS3, X360 and PC". Why it cannot be "For PS3, X360 and Windows"? If it says PC I have right to demand Gnu/linux and/or Mac OS X version of the software in question. Even more laughable is that when box reads "For PC, Mac and Gnu/linux"... I think that it makes things really confusing for buyers of that software...

Edited 2010-10-20 05:31 UTC

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