Origin of the term minicomputer (was Re: PDP-1 as ...

Murray McCullough c.murray.mccullough at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 19:49:53 CDT 2010


It’s my understanding, and I stand to be corrected, that mini,
hyphenated or otherwise, simply meant a small computer system that
preceded the microcomputer era. Granted this, the term means
different-things-to-different-people, the consensus seems to be that
the term mini means smaller than a mainframe and matches comparable
words from the 60’s, i.e., mini-skirt, et al. As a(n) historian I
treat it as a cultural phenomena rather than just a purely technical
or technological definition. Whether purists agree is indeed
debatable!

Murray--



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