Change PC to Win or Windows

Grant Edwards grante at visi.com
Sat Jul 19 18:02:51 CEST 2008


On 2008-07-19, Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfraed at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Jul 2008 19:14:43 -0400, Derek Martin <code at pizzashack.org>
> declaimed the following in comp.lang.python:
>
>> On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 03:46:13PM -0700, Joel Teichroeb wrote:
>> > Calling Windows PC seems to be something that Apple did so they would 
>> > not have to directly mention Windows. 
>> 
>> Actually it's something IBM did when they created the IBM PC.  Of
>
> 	Bah... PC was short for Personal Computer...

I had never heard PC or "Personal Computer" until the IBM-PC.
Before that, such compturs were called "micro computers"

> Which term applied to the TRS-80, the Apple II, Altair even...

Not that I remember.  I had a homebrew S-100 bus system, worked
with varioius Commodore machines, a few Apples, and some other
CP/M systems. I never heard any of them called a 'PC'.  My
recollection is that 'PC' was a term that IBM coined.

> Being a computer small enough to be single-user ("personal")
> vs a department-wide mini, or company-wide mainframe...

I remember those being called microcomputers.  A "PC" meant an IBM.

-- 
Grant




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