Apple designing 'collapsable connection receptacle' for ultra-portable systems

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  • Reply 41 of 42
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,946member
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    Originally Posted by Duddits View Post


    It's a wierd irony that computers are forward-looking, but their names are backward-looking.



    Even the name "computer" is a legacy from the past when computers were used primarily to... compute.



    That's still about all they do, which is, move bits around and operate on those bits. The main difference now is that the results of that computing is generally faster, more compact, a lot more abstracted, and prettier too.



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    Originally Posted by Duddits View Post


    - Computer



    - Laptop computer



    - Really small computer



    - iPhone.



    If I want to use your argument, "really small computer" can describe anything that's not a mainframe or a cluster. A standard sized notebook is portable, an ultraportable is a small sized notebook. I don't know why you jumped to a product brand for your fourth category.
  • Reply 42 of 42
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,507member
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    Originally Posted by Duddits View Post


    Why are ultra-portables called ultra-portables? It's not as if portables could be any more portable. Something is portable or it's not. No one ever questions the portability of a laptop: "yeah, it's portable, but what if it were really portable? Instead of just bringing it from here to there, this one can be ultra carried from here to there?!"



    By ultra-portable, they mean really small. Why not call it that?



    - Computer



    - Laptop computer



    - Really small computer



    - iPhone.



    It's a wierd irony that computers are forward-looking, but their names are backward-looking.



    Even the name "computer" is a legacy from the past when computers were used primarily to... compute.



    If you want to talk about backwards looking. "Computer" used to be the term for the person doing the calculations. Companies would hire "computers" to work out the numbers for something such as an optical lens. a battery of 50, or more, people, usually young women, would sit for a full shift working the numbers.
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