Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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RE: Comment by phoudoin
by Soulbender on Fri 26th Aug 2011 15:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by phoudoin"
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

Another forgotten point is that personal computing didn't grown in people home at start.


I agree with most of what you say except this. Home computing was quite popular in the 80's. Remember names like Commodore, Atari, TI, Dragon, BBC, Oric, Microbee, Sinclair and many many others. In fact, in terms of competition and consumer choice it was probably the heyday of home computing.
The business success of IBM "only" helped the PC to become dominant.

Edited 2011-08-26 15:35 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by phoudoin
by phoudoin on Fri 26th Aug 2011 21:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by phoudoin"
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2006-06-09

You right, indeed.
The pioneer personal computers weren't PC, yes.
But it's when companies switched to personal computers instead of mainframe terminals (or typewriters, or well paper and pen :-) ) that the personal computers grew, and they goes by IBM's PC first to replace IBM terminals, and then PC clones, which in turn made people switched at home to the same kind of computers.

I was an Sinclair Spectrum owner and an Atari ST at this time. These early pioneers didn't survived it. Apple is the only survivor of this period in fact.

Mainstream people, them, began with either a PC at office or, for a few of them, a Mac.

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RE[3]: Comment by phoudoin
by Soulbender on Fri 26th Aug 2011 21:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by phoudoin"
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2005-08-18

But it's when companies switched to personal computers instead of mainframe terminals (or typewriters, or well paper and pen :-) ) that the personal computers grew


Hmm...I dunno. I'm not sure there's a cause-effect in play here. It could also be the natural evolution of more and more people becoming exposed to computers over time. Companies switched to PC's long before the home computers started to fade. I don't think the PC really started making inroads in the home until it got MCGA/VGA graphics and half-decent sound sometime in the early 90's. The game market for PC's pretty much skyrocketed around this time when PC's suddenly didn't suck for games anymore. Interesting that, again, it was games that fueled the acceptance in the home.

Apple is the only survivor of this period in fact.

Well, IBM too. This fact makes me a bit sad.

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