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When my computer is turned off, it is only a platform for my monitor. :)
Okay, so F-Prot for DOS works fine on an XP platform as long as you are
not running XP.
Funny, that sounds even worse to me. :)
Does it make you feel all high and mighty to belittle other's comments?
A platform 'running' XP.
Anything that makes a computer malfunction will be considered a virus by
most users - so what, are we defining things by what most users think? A
deenergized computer has hardware and that can be considered a hardware
platform for the type of software that platform supports. Anything
beyond that requires an active software environment, that is the
hardware coupled with the active software (OS) becomes a platform for
software that "they" support.
Very well, I'll just file it away with the other unique definitions you
have for things.
Right, and the instruction set helps to determine what type of software
will run. In an operating system independent stored program machine the
software will be the BIOS program (written for that platform). The URL
below, previously posted by Zvi "spare us the definition crap" Netiv,
contained a good (you guessed it) 'definition' and some additional
explanations on usage. The term can be extended to include software -
but even there they refer to the software platform as an environment
(i.e. running) rather than something stored on disk and inactive when
the machine is booted to another software environment.