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Book Review: Bill and Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company by Michael S. Malone

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mkr0   3/29/2011 9:42:46 AM
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Interesting. Although english is not my first language, i've managed to go through 'The Soul of a New Machine' and it really got me hooked. I need to get my hands on this one too. It would be interesting to confront what it says abouth ' disastrous years under Carly Fiorina' with the 'Tough Choices. Memoir' by... Carly Fiorina.

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David Ashton   3/29/2011 6:44:10 AM
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HP test equipment was always of the most amazing quality. Just shows what can be achieved without bean counters around. Have a look at http://users.monash.edu.au/~ralphk/hp-counter.html About a guy who retrieved a wet old HP counter of 1963 vintage from a dumpster and dried it out and it just worked. 50 MHz, all transistors, no ICs, nixie display, and could go up to 3 GHz (in 1963!) with plugins. I used to swear by the old HP RPL calculators too. Somehow "Agilent" doesn't have the same ring to it, though their equipment is also good gear. I must read this book, sounds like a great read, thanks Max.

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Brian Fuller2   3/28/2011 4:50:10 PM
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We lionize these gents and for good reason, but I have to wonder how their management style would have differed in today's environment--hit the quarterly numbers for Wall Street now. That's all that matters. Something tells me they probably would have taken HP private again had that environment stifled them.

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Max The Magnificent   3/26/2011 6:01:16 PM
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That's an interesting thought -- as you say, maybe Bill and Dave did inspire these cartoons (check out this Carl and Jerry site http://bit.ly/heFq9W)

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zeeglen   3/26/2011 5:31:37 PM
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Many will the remember the "Carl & Jerry" series by John T. Frye in Popular Electronics magazine starting in 1954. Two fictional high school kids experimenting and constructing electronic circuits in their garage workshop and lab, similar to Bill's and Daves's beginnings. I wonder if by any chance Bill and Dave unknowingly inspired the Carl & Jerry stories.

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Max The Magnificent   3/26/2011 4:41:34 PM
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Well, it's been a long time coming, but finally here's my answer to the person who originally recommended this book to me (see my original blog http://bit.ly/ecqQWl)

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