Documentation little mistake about XTAG2

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Documentation little mistake about XTAG2

Postby octal » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:31 pm

While checking the official XMOS documentation about their boards to plan translations to French, there is a recurrent little mistake about XTAG2 dongle, there is always something like:

n be used to connect XMOS development boards with an XSYS2 connector to PCs,


This should be turned to "connector to computer" as this dongle is used on both PC and MAC systems. This can mislead a newcomer or a future user !!!
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Postby Bianco » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:01 pm

Well computers isn't much better (i think even worse) since microcontrollers and XMOS chips theirselves are also computers. I wonder how long people can stick with the term PC referring to IBM-PC compatibles because i think that within 10 years most PC's will be shipped with EFI and without BIOS.
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Postby octal » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:04 pm

Hi Bianco,
THIS is the problem. When PC mean Personal Computer, 99% of users still consider it IBM PC compatible computer.
And the term "Computer" for 99% of users is something having a display and keyb, not a microcontroller or any other specific intelligent electronics.
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Postby phalt » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:20 pm

I think most users intending to develop on the XMOS platform can decipher the meaning of PC when they read the documentation.
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Postby Heater » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:35 am

When did this happen?

When it first came about that people had computers for personal use at home or work there were many varieties from many suppliers. They were know as "Personal Computers", think of all those different CP/M machines and whatever else. There was a magazine in the UK that covered them all "Personal Computer World".

As a special case there case the IBM PC. 30 years ago on the 12th Aug this year by the way. IBM has not made a PC since 2006.

So "PC" was and is "Personal Computer" no matter what form it takes or who makes it. It computes for you personally:)
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Postby ale500 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:01 am

My TK-85 (brazilian version, with discrete video circuitry, of the ZX-81) had in yellow letters "Personal Computer" on the top of the case. That was of course a Z-80 Based 16 KBytes machine :). I think that could hardly compile XS1 code, let alone connect to any XTAG dongle...! :D

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