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Come Home, Bill & Dave
Martin Rowe
10/24/2013 02:01 PM EDT   11 comments

In 1999 the management and stockholders of Hewlett-Packard Co. decided that HP should go on as a computer company, spinning off its test and measurement, life sciences, and other businesses into Agilent Technologies. Over the last 14 years, Agilent sold off various businesses, but held on to its core test-and-measurement business -- until recently, that is. The Agilent management and stockholders have recently decided that Agilent is a life sciences company and is to spin off the test-and-measurement business into a new company to be named sometime in 2014.

Several people commented that the new electronics-measurement company be named Hewlett-Packard. After all, that's how Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started the company in 1939, by designing and building test equipment. The Hewlett-Packard Development Company should relinquish the HP name that rightfully belongs to the test-and-measurement business.

When Agilent split from HP, the company history -- starting with Bill and Dave -- went to Agilent, not HP. When Agilent splits off the new company, that history should once again go to the test-and-measurement company. Agilent has no more rightful claim to that history than does HP.

Will HP relinquish its name to the new company? Of course not, since it has too much recognition in the consumer market. In lieu of that, the new company should honor its roots with a name that reminds us of Bill and Dave. Unfortunately, names such as BD Technologies and BD Engineering are already taken. Perhaps the new company could be named BD Measurements, B&D Measurements, or something like that.

Making a logo for the BD Measurements company is easy. Start with the hp logo. Connect the bottom of the h and you get a b (you might have to round off the corners). Next, flip the p 180° on its horizontal axis and you get a d. That's it, new logo. What colors would you use? Go ahead, copy the logo, fill in with your preferred colors, and post it in a comment.

What would you name the new company?

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dougwithau
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Agihewpacalent
dougwithau   10/24/2013 4:06:17 PM
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That says it all, or...

Packahewllagintard?

How about "Heathkit"?

MeasurementBlues
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Pasting the graphic
MeasurementBlues   10/24/2013 4:19:56 PM
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If you do decide to fill in the logo with some color, but you're unable to get it pasted into a comment, send me an e-mail at martin.rowe@ubm.com. I'll upload it to our server and send you a link. Then, you can use the little tree icon (to the right of the anchor icon) to paste in the link. Your colored logo will then appear. The system seems to reject pasted in graphics that are bigger than about 20kB.

Wnderer
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New Name for Agilent Test and Measurement
Wnderer   10/24/2013 4:54:57 PM
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Compaq

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Agihewpacalent
Caleb Kraft   10/24/2013 5:22:04 PM
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haha, I vote heathkit.

vandamme0
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vandamme0   10/25/2013 1:28:50 PM
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...or don't you young 'uns remeber that??

DScottS
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Take a lesson from "2001, A Space Oddessy"
DScottS   10/25/2013 1:38:10 PM
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Like the mythology that "HAL" is IBM shifted one letter, let's take "HP" and shift it one forward: "IQ Instruments".

 

Scott

MeasurementBlues
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Re: Take a lesson from "2001, A Space Oddessy"
MeasurementBlues   10/25/2013 1:43:31 PM
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IQ instruments. I like that. But too late.

IQ Instruments primarily designs and manufactures electronic instrumentation products for the industrial sector.

But if you shift the letters back by one, you get GO Instruments. I tried goinstruments.com and got "server not found."

DrQuine
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How about Bill and Dave Instrumentation?
DrQuine   10/26/2013 8:01:47 PM
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I think the proposed logo is brilliant and "Bill and Dave Instrumentation" would be a fitting name.  I've often thought that Hewlett-Packard paved the way for Apple. They made easy to use, functional, reliable, powerful, and elegant instrumentation. The controls were intuitive whether using a tone generator or a calculator. These devices were tools in the best sense - devices that made getting the work done easier. We've got "Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream", why not "Bill and Dave Instrumentation"?

MeasurementBlues
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Re: Agihewpacalent
MeasurementBlues   10/27/2013 5:40:41 PM
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I grappled with this thought before posting this article: Do engineers who grew up thinking that HP was always a computer company and Agilent has been around forever care at all about Bill and Dave? Or, is it the older engineers who used HP test equipment for years that car about this? I'd really like to hear from engineers under 35.

ngodfrey770
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Bill & Dave Excellent Adventure
ngodfrey770   10/28/2013 9:50:44 PM
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I'll try "Bill and Dave's" For the Excellence of your Testing Equipment

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