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9/22/2011 10:31 PM EDT
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old account Frank Eory
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old account Frank Eory   9/22/2011 11:59:47 PM
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Hopefully with this choice of Meg Whitman, the revolving door of HP CEOs will stay still for awhile. One thing she clearly understands is the urgency of deciding yes or no on keeping the PC business. I love the comment "It's not like fine wine and does not get better with time." In fact, it's more like a gallon of milk that got its expiration date stamped on it the day Leo made his announcement about spinning out the PC biz -- a little more sour and a little closer to worthless with each passing day.

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seaEE   9/23/2011 4:27:56 AM
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It will be interesting to observe the changes in structure and strategy that occur in the next 11 months.

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AlunWang   9/23/2011 5:00:11 AM
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I think it is hard for Meg to restore the declining trend of HP, as HP is now a staggering monster.

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selinz   9/23/2011 6:40:01 AM
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Does this mean that we aren't getting our $99 touchpads? ;-)

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Traces   9/23/2011 11:22:28 AM
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I guess I'm old school -- I remember when HP was a technical innovator, and am sad to see it go this way. I'm not sure if hiring Carly II at this point is hastening death, or just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

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nicolas.mokhoff   9/23/2011 2:14:16 PM
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Patience has its rewards. It may be unfair to label Whitman CarlyII simply because she is a strong woman executive. I will give Whitman till the end of the year to get the H-P house moving in a positive direction where perceptions are bound to change about her abilities. At the same time I'm no apologist for Whitman; just looking to give a fair shot at her leading the company I have admired since my technical school days. It was an engineer's engineering company and from what I see it still is.

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Wnderer   9/23/2011 4:25:21 PM
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HP is now Agilent Compaq is now HP

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markhahn0   9/23/2011 7:38:54 PM
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I wonder whether HP most needs help in knowing what its past mistakes were, so it can learn from them. For instance, the web-pad fiasco - why did HP think it could price the device at parity with iPad? it shows a lack of understanding the market, of why people pay a premium for Apple products, etc. Another example is HP policies in the IT world - take pricing of disks as a random example. We all know how much (little!) a 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" SATA disk costs, so HP needs to display a bit of humility in not marking it up by a factor of 4x. HP product lines are absurdly ramified and complex. Even just rackmount x86 servers are practically impossible to navigate without serious, sit-down study. That kind of make-it-because-we-can doesn't leave any corporate energy to purse more interesting products that might lead to future growth, rather than just carpet-bombing the same highly-competitive boring-server market. Here's another example: imagine that HP servers used standard (ATX/SSI/etc) motherboards. would this help? a full-custom server lets you tweak each cable run, but how much actual advantage does that provide, versus leveraging the mass market? Imagine if HP could produce a line of motherboards that were actually more attractive (faster, more robust, etc) than commodity vendors. or an LCD panel that wasn't just a clone of the same thing from Dell/Apple/etc. A disk drive packaged with 4G of flash used as a cache. A bomb-proof, triple-redundant enterprise server that could timeshare 10,000 simultaneous x86 VM sessions.

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Traces   9/23/2011 9:28:39 PM
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You're entirely missing the point -- the similarity isn't gender, it's a willful ignorance of technical culture. Carly was called "the Anti-Steve Jobs" by Infoworld by being able to alienate engineers within seconds of meeting. Ms. Whitman can aspire to such heights if she puts her toothpaste experience on the shelf and stops pushing people around, but I doubt any higher.

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nicolas.mokhoff   9/23/2011 10:48:11 PM
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A little fast to judge, no? I'm willing to give her a chance to show herself as a CEO, not by her knowledge of an engineering culture. If she ain't got what it takes, we will soon know about it.

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