On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 15:54:21 -0400, "Tom Lake"
My memory DOES go back that far, Tom. If I remember correctly,
neither Apple nor IBM coined the term "Personal Computer" to refer to
THEIR machines, since the term was first coined by journalists to
refer to ANY digital computer small enough for an individual's
"personal" use -- i.e., "personal computer", or "PC".
The first time the term "Personal Computer", or "PC" was used by a
corporation, it was used by IBM as part of their "IBM Personal
Computer", or "IBM PC" for short. I'm not certain, but I also believe
many of the earliest consumer computers were referred to as "PC's,
including the Commodore PET, the Commodore C-64,the Commodore C-128,
the Ataris, the Adam, The Colecovision, and on and on.
Neither IBM nor Apple took the time to trademark the term. In fact,
I'm fairly certain that the term was so generic that NO ONE could have
been able to trademark the concept.
When Apple came out with its own GUI-based computer, they used the
term to refer to its OWN brand of personal computers, the "Macintosh
Personal Computer". At this time, the traditional meaning of
"computer" was cast aside by the Apple crowd, who decided that a
"computer" was composed of a System Unit and an OS, not a "CPU", "I/O
Subsystem", "Memory Subsystem", and "Storage Subsystem", as I was
taught while in school during the 80's.
Obviously, they were, and still are, alone in their definition.
In the meantime, the term "PC" had passed into the vernacular almost
everywhere, and meant "a computer small enough for personal use" --
i.e., "Personal Computer", or "PC".
In othe rwords, the term "Personal Computer", or "PC", has ALWAYS been
a GENERIC TERM, and NOT a proprietary one.
This is because the term "personal computer" is probably not able to
be trademarked, else this would have already been the case by now.
Donald L McDaniel
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