General term for machines that:
- accept human input and process it
- enable humans to program them, i.e. allow for modification of their behavior by accepting sets of pre-written instructions (we humans call these 'programs' or 'applications')
- produce a desired result in a form acceptable, understandable and usable by a human
In everyday life I use the notion of personal computer and by that term I understand any general purpose device that has data storage, physical keyboard, operating system that allows me to run various applications to get things done and either of the following: built-in screen or an option to plug into an external display.
I've been using the term 'PC' since mid 1990s, mostly to describe a desktop computer. These days, with ubiquity of laptops, I consider both desktops and laptops PCs.
Computers I use
These are computers I either own or am entrusted with. I operate them at various capacity as we speak.
- MacBook Pro (2019)
- MacBook Pro M1 (2021)
- Raspberry Pi 4B
- Raspberry Pi 3B
- Raspberry Pi Zero WH
- 2015 custom desktop PC
Computers I used in the past
These are computers I no longer use and / or own.