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Jelena Mamčenko Operating Systems Lecture Notes on Operating Systems 11 Tablet computers Wearable computers Most personal computers are standardized to the point that purchased software is expected to run with little or no customization for the particular computer. Many PCs are also user- upgradable, especially desktop and workstation class computers. Devices such as main memory, mass storage, even the motherboard and central processing unit may be easily replaced by an end user. This upgradeability is, however, not indefinite due to rapid changes in the personal computer industry. A PC that was considered top-of-the-line five or six years prior may be impractical to upgrade due to changes in industry standards. Such a computer usually must be totally replaced once it is no longer suitable for its purpose. This upgrade and replacement cycle is partially related to new releases of the primary mass-market operating system, which tends to drive the acquisition of new hardware and tends to obsolete previously serviceable hardware (see planned obsolescence). The hardware capabilities of personal computers can sometimes be extended by the addition of
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course CSE 362 taught by Professor Mavin during the Spring '09 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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