This article will give you all the information you need to know in regards to a PC. This will be beneficial to novice and experienced computer users. Sit back relax and take notes class is in session.
What Is A PC
(PC) Is short for a personal computer. It is a microcomputer designed solely for the use by one individual at a time.
PC’s used to be known as IBM compatibles. Because they were systems built based on systems built by the IBM empire. Soon the machines would go on to be created by many other companies. So the IBM stamp soon faded away.
When Did PC’s Take The Computer World By Strom
Even though IBM had a stern grip on the PC name at one point. It did not begin with them or Microsoft for that matter. But Microsoft was one of the earliest contributors in the baby stages of the PC model.
The first PCs were introduced in 1975 and came out as kits. They were called MITS Altair 8800 followed by the IMSAI 8080 which was an Altair clone.
IBM still had the first PC that had widespread use. It was called the IBM 5150. This was a direct response to Apple’s Apple 2 computer.
Other Names That Played Apart In The Beginning Stages Of The PC
Simon – Were more advanced machines at the time. Developed by Edmund Berkeley and was presented in thirteen-article series by Radio Electronics magazine.
This was back in 1950 the Simon represented the very first experience of building an automatic simple digital computer. It was for educational purposes and sold for $600.
IBM 610 – Was designed between the late 1940’s and late 1950’s by a guy who went by the name of John Lentz. At the Watson Lab at Columbia University and was presented as the personal automatic computer (PAC).
It was announced by IBM as the 610 Auto Point in 1957. It took a lot of criticism for its lack of speed it handled the floating point arithmetic naturally. The price tag for this was $55,000 at the time and only 180 units were produced.
Olivetti Programma 101 – First created in 1965. It was a printing programmable calculator and was described in advertisements as a desktop computer. Over 44,000 units were sold worldwide and came with a $3,200 price tag.
MIR – Developed in 1965 and continued throughout 1969. A series of these MIR computers were created in a group lead by a guy who went by the name of Victor Glushkov.
It was a small-scale computer and was generally used for engineering and scientific applications. It had cool features for a computer at this time. Like a keyboard with a monitor and a light pen for drawing and writing on the screen.
Kenbak – 1 – The Kenbak is considered by the computer history museum to be the world’s first PC. Invented by John Blankenbaker of Kenbak Corporation in 1970. The device was first sold in 1971.
Not like modern PCs this one was built on small-scale inner circuits and didn’t use a microprocessor.
It sold for $750 only 40 machines were ever created and sold. In 1973 the production of the device stopped and the Kenbak Corporation collapsed.
Datapoint 2200 – This was a programmable terminal and is the earliest known device that shows some similar features to the modern PC. Equipped with a screen, keyboard and program storage.
Xerox Alto and Star – Developed in 1973 was the first computer to use a mouse and desktop metaphor and a graphical user interface. It was the first example of what would soon to be recognized today as the personal computer.
A few more honorable mentions are IBM SCAMP, IBM 5100, Altair 8800, Homebrew Computer Club, Exidy Sorcerer, NorthStar Horizon, Cromemco Z-2 and the Heathkit.
- PCs are mainly identified by their use of Windows operating system. Windows is the best selling ‘OS’ in the world. They are simply crushing the game in that field.
- Windows is not the only OS that PCs can use. Linux is a free open source system that has been created by volunteers around the world.
- PCs have many functions such as word processing, playing music, videos, and games the most important of them all is granting you and me access to the Internet. It does not stop there it has many other jewels in the box. I just named what I figured to be the most valuable.
- PCs are normally cheaper than Apple Macs and have more software available for you.
It is more venerable to all sorts of malware and viruses. This is where Apple comes in to be the more superior computer brand. Because they are known to have more resistance to such things. But if you can afford to invest in antivirus programs for your PC then you may see not see this as an issue.
How Much Do PCs Cost
The price depends on the brand and the model. You can build your own for around $500-$700. Whether it’s for personal use or gaming. The cost is around the same if you are looking to build your own.
But if you are buying one online or in the store. The price may be different and depends on what I said earlier.
Who Are PCs For
It is no set type of person for a PC in my opinion. Anyone who wants one can buy one. They can be used for any and most reasons why a person would invest in one.
I have a lot of friends who purchased them for gaming systems. Simply because they are said to provide a better gaming experience. They offer more than just that though.
This is it. You now have deep insider information on PCs. Take this and embed it into your memory. It’s good to know and you will look at PCs with a different sense of understanding now. If you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to leave a comment below. I will respond as soon as I can. Also, share this post with a friend. Thank you for stopping by. Have a nice day.