Originally Posted by davehancock
Well, is an automobile a computer? No, just because an item uses a processor, does not make it a computer.
Not the best example in the world, the automobile's main function is quite nicely fulfilled without a processor, so it's a product that contains some computing functions, ones that are NOT needed to provide it's main function.
As I am sure you know, any software project starts with specifications on what the overall product is to do. The the SHOULD's relate to the product spec's not to typical functions of an entirely different product (a PC). Just because there is an eSATA port, and a USB port on the device, does not mean that the use of those ports conforms to normal computer expectations.
It's obvious the "specs" you refer to sure as hell specified expanded storage via additional HDDs, the hardware is there and rudimentary software support also are available in Passport, SARA, and Nagivator. As such, they absolutely DO have to "act" like a computer, they ARE functions that a computer uses. This is all very well known stuff, there's no mystery here.
Shhhhhh. There had been rumors a while ago (thankfully, false) that the cable companies were asking SA to disable the eSATA. We don't want to get them to reconsider that.
On that we CAN agree!
I know this is about semantics, but I engage in it because I feel strongly that TWC's software MUST be judged by... standards of software in general. Arguing that these computers aren't really computers seem counter productive to me.