thread I think it's just because they're essentially metal boxes, isn't it?
that simple?
permalink yep.
a useless tin box until you put an OS on.
permalink But why 'tin'
as the metal?
permalink Because it's quicker to say than
permalink it also has a secondary definition as a slang term for any metal
with a suggestion of flimsiness
permalink presumably because it implies a thin metal
permalink not a clue,
I've always known it as tin, right back to the 80s.
permalink Likewise
but without really thinking about it.

permalink reminds me of this