By Vangie Beal
There are two generally, similar and accepted meanings of the phrase personal computer (PC):
1) PC is short for personal computer or IBM PC. The first personal computer produced by IBM was called the PC, and increasingly the term PC came to mean IBM or IBM-compatible personal computers, to the exclusion of other types of personal computers, such as Macintoshes.
2) A personal computer (PC) may also refer to any small, relatively inexpensive computer designed for an individual user. In price, personal computers range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. All are based on the microprocessor technology that enables manufacturers to put an entire CPU on one chip.
In recent years, the term PC has become more and more difficult to pin down. In general, though, it applies