get a real computer!

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Get a real computer! definition

A typical hacker response to news that somebody is having trouble getting work done on a toy system or bitty box.
The threshold for "real computer" rises with time. As of mid-1993 it meant multi-tasking, with a hard disk, and an address space bigger than 16 megabytes. At this time, according to GLS, computers with character-only displays were verging on "unreal". In 2001, a real computer has a one gigahertz processor, 128 MB of RAM, 20 GB of hard disk, and runs Linux.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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