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"...somewhere where no one was asking me for anything.”

Daniel Radcliffe’s Next Trick Is to Make Harry Potter Disappear (slnyt profile, via) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 3, 2013 - 29 comments

If the retail staff doesn't like you... you die.

The death of Palm. Palm once defined the PDA market and created the first smarphones. And then it all fell apart. The Verge has a post-mortem on the last days of the once-proud Palm. The former head of webOS developer relations responds.
posted by bitmage on Jun 6, 2012 - 68 comments

Face the thing that should not be

In the coldest spot on the earth’s coldest continent, Russian scientists have reached a freshwater lake the size of Lake Ontario after spending a decade drilling through more than two miles of solid ice. Maybe the mountains of madness are underground. Lovecraft would loved to have seen this.
posted by Hickeystudio on Feb 8, 2012 - 76 comments

"Ronald Reagan was an actor," "He was a pretty good president. OK?"

Meg Whitman: Excerpts from new HP CEO's first talk with investors. Hewlett-Packard stock hits 6-year low on Whitman's first full day. 'The dip, which hit the lowest price since May 2005, reflected investors' continued doubts about Whitman's fitness to run the global computing giant.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Sep 23, 2011 - 64 comments

Dude, you're getting a DELL?

HP killing WebOS and getting out of the computer business. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Aug 18, 2011 - 169 comments

Epic PR Fail

New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera's column last weekend excoriated HP and SAP, and presented Oracle in a positive light. One problem: Nocera's fiancee is the PR person for Oracle's lead attorney in its lawsuit against SAP. Woops. (via gawker)
posted by VicNebulous on Oct 14, 2010 - 25 comments

The Man Who Makes Your iPhone

The Man Who Makes Your iPhone - Bloomberg Businessweek profiles Terry Gou, the founder and chairman of Foxconn, the controversial manufacturer of consumer electronic devices for Apple, Sony, HP and Dell, among others.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 11, 2010 - 19 comments

HP bought Palm today.

HP buys Palm for $1.2 Billion.
posted by Michael Pemulis on Apr 29, 2010 - 99 comments

Sienfeld wants you to buy Vista, Shatner wants you to buy a Vic 20

Celebrity computer endorsements throughout the ages.
posted by Artw on Aug 21, 2008 - 65 comments

The Grand Tour...in York

The Grand Tour is back, and this time it's in York. [Previously]
posted by djgh on Jun 6, 2008 - 9 comments

HP Calculator Museum

Real nerds use HP calculators with RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Apr 25, 2008 - 75 comments

HP -1

Gary Gygax has failed his saving throw.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Mar 4, 2008 - 400 comments

Best off the web?

People find printing Web pages too hard. Hewlett-Packard is devising ways to get people to print Web pages instead of reading them on-screen. Last month, H.P. bought Tabblo (previously), whose software creates templates that reorganize the photos and text blocks on a Web page to fit standard sizes of paper. H.P. wants to make the software a standard by making it ubiquitous like flash, java and Acrobat.
posted by pithy comment on Apr 12, 2007 - 70 comments

Intrigue in the Boardroom

In an effort to track down the source of information leaks by Hewlett-Packard Co. insiders, private investigators hired company Chairwoman Patricia Dunn obtained reporters' telephone records illegally. They got the records by impersonating journalists from the Wall Street Journal, CNET.com and other news organizations in a practice known as “pretexting.” The news comes after the departure of HP director Tom Perkins [PDF], a founder of legendary venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in May. Perkins later learned from AT&T that his private records were also illegally obtained. State and federal investigations have been launched.
posted by ericb on Sep 7, 2006 - 18 comments

HP-01 calculator watch

"Time: elusive and immediate...limited yet infinite. Because time is important to you, Hewlett-Packard introduces the HP-01, a new dimension in time management and personal computation." Truly, such an important model number could only be bestowed upon the king of all early calculator watches. No less than three batteries were required (two for the LED display alone), and even HP's impressive engineering was unable to save the HP-01 from the curse of bulkiness; it did not sell well at the $650 price point. The HP-01 was discontinued in 1980, as inexpensive LCD calculator watches began flooding the market (don't lie, you know you had one).
posted by Galvatron on Mar 27, 2005 - 17 comments

Carly Fiorina.

The feeding frenzy. Carly Fiorina has been attacked by the media. But, oh no, not because she was a woman. Those who sang her praises now chronicle her demise.
posted by nj_subgenius on Feb 13, 2005 - 49 comments

Open Your Eyes, and Focus On Your World

Focus On Your World. A beautiful collection of photographs from the Focus On Your World competition put on by the United Nations Environment Programme. They are beautiful, stunning, charming, and, at times, wonderfully common. The thing to remember is that each of these photos is someone else’s daily life.

A fantastic exhibition of these photos is currently on display at--of all places--Heathrow Airport, thanks to the support from BAA and HP.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Aug 25, 2004 - 9 comments

Its a victim-less crime, Bobby!

A good amount of bloggers are outright thieves. Researchers at Hewlett-Packard Labs found that a vast amount of popular bloggers stole ideas, topics, and content from lesser-known weblogs without any sort of attribution or crediting. The researchers created a new ranking algorithm called iRank to track the source of new ideas and topics, which you can play around with here.
posted by Darke on Mar 5, 2004 - 30 comments

US Companies Supplied Parts for Iraq Weapons Program

American and European Companies Profit from Iraqi Weapons What do Dupont, Hewlett Packard, and Eastman Kodak have in common? They all supplied parts for the Iraqi weapons program under Saddam Hussein, according to this list taken from Iraq's newly released weapon programs dossier. The Associated Press also weighs in with this wire report.
posted by jonp72 on Dec 21, 2002 - 10 comments

Security warning draws DMCA threat

Security warning draws DMCA threat Find a flaw in HP Code? Prepare to go to prison or pay a $50K fine if you tell anyone. Invoking both the controversial 1998 DMCA and computer crime laws, HP has threatened to sue a team of researchers who publicized a vulnerability in the company's Tru64 Unix operating system. So now, it appears that some technology companies see "security debate" on the same level as "piracy" or "copyright controls."
posted by dejah420 on Jul 31, 2002 - 10 comments

HP shareholders vote to acquire Compaq... or not?

HP shareholders vote to acquire Compaq... or not? Stop me if you've heard this one before: One side has already declared victory while the other won't concede defeat until all the votes are counted. The margin appears to be less than one half of one percent, and a manual count is in the works.
posted by jjg on Mar 19, 2002 - 4 comments

Beetle Buggin'

Beetle Buggin' is a fun game from HP made for it's VW Beetle giveaway. [Flash reqd.]
posted by riffola on Dec 6, 2001 - 6 comments

HP's proposed buyout of Compaq has run into some unexpected resistance -- from a couple of guys named Hewlett and Packard.
posted by jjg on Nov 7, 2001 - 17 comments

"...she will soon kill the greatest company ever known."

"...she will soon kill the greatest company ever known." I don't know why exactly, but HP always seemed like a class act (which, considering the completely amoral, soul-less nature of most US corporations isn't saying much.)
posted by drunkkeith on Sep 8, 2001 - 10 comments

HP buys Compaq for $25 Billion

HP buys Compaq for $25 Billion (NY Times link) - The resulting company would be nearly as big as IBM. "The merger ... could create a stronger competitor for Sun Microsystems and IBM in the server computer market while putting pressure on IBM, Dell and Gateway in the personal computer business... The merged company would be in a position to compete with IBM across virtually its entire product line." Now if we can just get someone to fight Microsoft.
posted by mrbula on Sep 3, 2001 - 28 comments

Now, I have nothing but respect for Carly Fiorina.

Now, I have nothing but respect for Carly Fiorina. She's done an outstanding job at HP and deserves to be rewarded. But I've never understood this business of having the CEO also be the chairman of the Board.

The most important job that the Board of Directors has is to decide when to fire the CEO, which I emphasize that Ms. Fiorina does not deserve in the slightest at this time. But that time may eventually come, as it does for all CEOs, and how the hell do you do it if the CEO you're trying to fire is also the chairman of the Board of Directors?

Would Corel be in the mess it's in today if Michael Cowpland had not been on its board?
posted by Steven Den Beste on Sep 23, 2000 - 8 comments

"It cannot be every man, woman and child out for themselves in the wild, wild west" :HP's Fiorina Backs Net Regulation

"It cannot be every man, woman and child out for themselves in the wild, wild west" :HP's Fiorina Backs Net Regulation Once again a behemoth corporation and the Federal Government must implement regulations because the flock is way too stupid to think for themselves.
posted by chiXy on Aug 24, 2000 - 4 comments

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