Linked by David Adams on Tue 31st Jan 2012 23:08 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless An article at The Next Web points out that the latest marketshare numbers put Apple at the top of "PC" makers, and that some PC makers that don't have any tablet momentum are calling foul. It's "controversial" to count tablets as PCs, they say. The article points out various justifications for not categorizing tablets as personal computers, and then shoots them down. I must say, I find the argument compelling.
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Acording to wikipedia
by Poseidon on Wed 1st Feb 2012 02:54 UTC
Poseidon
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2009-10-31

"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. In contrast, the batch processing or time-sharing models allowed larger, more expensive minicomputer and mainframe systems to be used by many people, usually at the same time. Large data processing systems require a full-time staff to operate efficiently.

Software applications for personal computers include, but are not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Web browsers and e-mail clients, digital media playback, games, and myriad personal productivity and special-purpose software applications. Modern personal computers often have connections to the Internet, allowing access to the World Wide Web and a wide range of other resources. Personal computers may be connected to a local area network (LAN), either by a cable or a wireless connection. A personal computer may be a desktop computer or a laptop, tablet, or a handheld PC."

Sounds to me that even the iPod Touch is a PC. -_-

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RE: Acording to wikipedia
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 1st Feb 2012 03:05 in reply to "Acording to wikipedia"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Hmm... I've actually written software for the iPod Touch to allow it to be used simultaneously by multiple people to process data.

So,its a mainframe, obviously.

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RE[2]: Acording to wikipedia
by BluenoseJake on Wed 1st Feb 2012 03:42 in reply to "RE: Acording to wikipedia"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Does that mean if I wrote or installed a fart app, my ipad would be an rectum? Good Gods the humanity!

Edited 2012-02-01 03:42 UTC

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RE[2]: Acording to wikipedia
by krreagan on Wed 1st Feb 2012 19:14 in reply to "RE: Acording to wikipedia"
krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

It's more powerful then the mainframe I grew up on that's for sure!

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RE: Acording to wikipedia
by kristoph on Wed 1st Feb 2012 20:49 in reply to "Acording to wikipedia"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Sounds to me that even the iPod Touch is a PC. -_-


Exactly. Eventually the distinction between a PC, a tablet and a phone will disappear. Their all, essentially, computing devices of different form factors.

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