Origin of the term minicomputer (was Re: PDP-1 as ...
IanK at vulcan.com
Thu Aug 19 15:47:21 CDT 2010
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> Here's another one, "midicomputer".
> A web search yields a lot of repetitions of the unhelpful definition
> (between a mainframe and a mini) and references in a couple of papers
> to various systems as such (e.g. VAX 11/780 and PDP-11/40).
> Did any manufacturer ever use the term to describe its own products?
> ...and I found this quote in an online buyers' guide:
> "Instead of saying "maxicomputer", most computerists says
> "mainframe", which is an old-fashioned term; but I´ll say
> "maxicomputer", which is more modern and easier to understand."
> Computers and hemlines...
ISTR a discussion in a trade magazine back in the '80s of the distinction between a superminicomputer and a minisupercomputer. Ah, marketeers, aren't they cute? -- Ian
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