Jelena Mamčenko Operating Systems Lecture Notes on Operating Systems 9 "home computer" and "personal computer." By the mid-1980s, "home computer" was becoming a less common label in favor of "personal computer." These computers were pre-assembled and required little to no technical knowledge to operate. In today's common usage, personal computer and PC usually indicate an IBM PC compatible. Because of this association, some manufacturers of personal computers that are not IBM PCs avoid explicitly using the terms to describe their products. Mostly, the term PC is used to describe personal computers that use Microsoft Windows operating systems. A four-megabyte RAM card measuring about 22 by 15 inches; made for the VAX 8600 minicomputer (circa 1986). Dual in-line package (DIP) Integrated circuits populate nearly the whole board; the RAM chips are in the majority located in the rectangular areas to the left and right. One early use of "personal computer" appeared in a 3 November 1962,
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