Heater wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:05 pm
On that basis I claim that I have no idea what my first PC was.
Today PC generally means politically correct and nothing to do with personal.
My understanding is that the term personal computer was coined by Bob Albrecht and George Firedrake as described by the People's Computing Company which in October 1972 started with the following vision
Computers are mostly used against people rather than for people, used to control people rather than free them. Time to change all that--we need a People's Computer Company.
It is notable that this statement was made more than 10 years before Richard Stallman started the GNU project. At some point in time, IBM appropriated the term PC to refer to the 5150, which we know as the original IBM PC. Just like the Raspberry Pi Foundation was unable to trademark the Greek letter Pi, so too was IBM unable to trademark PC. Anyway, around this time PC stopped referring to a computer designed to serve an individual's personal needs and interests to a computer used by a single person in a corporate office setting.
What I find interesting is how little it matters to most people whether they are in control of their computer or whether their computer instead controls them. Given how many dogs actually take their owners for a walk when they go outside, maybe this isn't so surprising. Still, it is worth consciously reflecting on what is at stake when trading the freedom which comes from open-source and writing your own for the convenience and resulting digital feudalism which comes from using software owned and controlled by a corporation or someone else.
Having said this, from a childish point of view everything in the world is a toy. Thus, for a child to consider a mainframe owned by someone else to be their own personal computer is natural, even though a wise adult knows otherwise. This is also why keeping the price point of the Raspberry Pi cheap enough so a child can own it is an effective way to encourage learning that might otherwise disrupt the use of more expensive machines.