"Toy" computers (was Re: Micro$oft Biz'droid Lusers)

From: Chris <mythtech_at_mac.com>
Date: Wed Apr 24 22:01:43 2002

>> > An easy way to spot a product intended for the toy market as opposed to
>> > one intended to be seen as a computer, is that the disk drive interface
>> > is external.

>I would propose that the label "toy" might be suitable for machines that
>have external disk controllers _and_ an external network interface

Woah... my PS/2 is a 'real' computer?

It has internal storage (built in DVD drive, and 2 user upgradable RAM
slots), AND has built in network interfaces (2 USB ports on the front
which can be used for connecting 2 PS/2's together, and a proprietary
expansion slot on the back for the recently released network/modem
connector for connecting your PS/2 to the internet.. which I would
classify as built in, since it connects to the single body unit, and was
intended pretty much for this network box, and really is more of an
optional part).

Glad to know I didn't spend $300 on a toy.

Oh... and the GameBoy is a real computer to. It has built in storage
(game card slot), and built in networking (head to head port).

I could probably go on with more examples... I could even narrow it down
to ones that have built in floppy drives (to fade off the non "disk"
drive concept, although I think claiming to need a floppy drive excludes
an awful lot of other legit storage mediums, like all those systems that
only use tape). There is a V-Tech kids learning "computer" that comes to
mind that used 3.5" floppies (although, it might have lacked the required
network port, but I think it had a serial port, but probably didn't
support a "network" protocol).


Received on Wed Apr 24 2002 - 22:01:43 BST

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