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Meaning of PERSONAL COMPUTER

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a small digital computer based on a microprocessor and designed to be used by one person at a time
 
 Synonyms: microcomputer, PC
 
 See Also: desktop computer, digital computer, microprocessor, PC board, portable computer

 

 

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 Definition: 

(PC) A general-purpose single-user microcomputer designed to be operated by one person at a time.

This term and the concept has been successfully hijacked by ibm due to the huge market share of the ibm pc, despite its many obvious weaknesses when compared to other equally valid claimants to the term, e.g. the acorn archimedes, amiga, atari, macintosh.

 

 

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