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HP Splits, Adds 5,000 Layoffs

Muted response as company cut in half
10/6/2014 02:31 PM EDT
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AZskibum
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Re: HP Ink may be more appropriate than HP Inc
AZskibum   10/9/2014 5:58:17 AM
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Indeed, "HP Ink" seems well-positioned to be scrapped, piece by piece. It's a sad legacy for a once great U.S. technology icon.

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Re: HP Ink may be more appropriate than HP Inc
escher   10/8/2014 10:19:55 PM
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Yup - wait for Huawei or Xiaomi to grab the valuable parts of the businesses. Sad to see American technology icons decline like this, at least partly due to marching to the Wall street quarterly earnings drumbeat.

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HP stories
rick merritt   10/7/2014 11:24:14 PM
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I'd love to hear more stories from current and former HPers

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Re: Give up the HP name already
rick merritt   10/7/2014 11:22:18 PM
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@dt_hayden: Some say the HP DNA went with Agilent, now evolved again into a medtech instrument company.

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Re: Your take?
krisi   10/7/2014 4:27:13 PM
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OK Bob, I will give it a shot...and will report in few weeks ;-)

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Re: Your take?
BobsView   10/7/2014 1:32:30 PM
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If this is any consolation, I hated Windows 8 for the first week I had it.  Then I realized what I had to do to get to the desktop and everything was fine after that.  Now I love it.

It is fast and smooth and never crashes.

Once you are in the Desktop, it's almost like Windows 7.  You can set up the Task Bar with your favorite programs (i.e. Applications) and it makes it very easy to switch back and forth between them.

Note the "Windows" button on the left side of the keyboard.  You will need to use that to switch back and forth between screens.  

I also recommend upgrading to Windows 8.1.  I was apprehensive at first, but after I did it, I was happy I did.  Windows 8.1 is very customizable and you can make it the way you want it.

I used to love XP, but now having used Windows 8.1, I would never want to go back to XP.

Good luck!

 

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I have 3 HP PCs
mhrackin   10/7/2014 1:14:23 PM
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The 3 I have were bought ~4 years ago (a low-end laptop), a refurbished small desktop 3 years ago (for my wife to replace her XP machine that went flaky), and a higher-end consumer tower bought 5 years ago that I use as a media server for the big HDTV.  My biggest complaint is the extremely lame "HP Support Assistant" (or whatever it's called) that is worthless.  Otherwise, these have all done all that I ask of them quite adequately.  Before I got these 3, I always built my own (except laptops of course); these would have cost me $150 to 200 more to build than I paid for them (with warranty and support).  Maybe because mine go back a few years, they are much better than what you get today.  All are Win7 (the media server started as Vista, with a free upgrade to Win7 as I bought it right around the Win7 release.  I waited for the first SP before upgrading... As my first "real engineering" job (1966) was with a division of the ORIGINAL HP, I really feel sorry for the fate of this company.  Well, my second job was with Motorola (another sad story!).  At least I got to see these companies close-up in their "glory days."

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Re: Your take?
geekmaster   10/7/2014 12:41:43 PM
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I am sorry about all these people losing their jobs!  My personal experience was as follows. Last year we were looking for new laptops. The guys at Best Buy were pushing for HP laptops. To get some more perspective, I asked people I knew from a small computer repair shop in the neighborhood and they said that most laptops people bring in are HP laptops. Sadly to say, I heard that before. So we went for Toshiba.  Then I had to replace my HP multi purpose printer. The software for that was huge and took a long time to load. Now, I have an Epson printer. 

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Re: HP Ink may be more appropriate than HP Inc
forthurst   10/7/2014 12:37:24 PM
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HP Ink, certainly my recent experience, but how many times can a business repeat that kind of stunt on the same customers?

The fact that Whitman will become CEO of HPE, but Chairman of HP Inc suggests that her role in the later company will involve M & A activity, or more precisely, flogging it off to the highest bidder, as a commodities business of declining value where price/performance is becoming the major purchasing criterion.

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Re: Your take?
krisi   10/7/2014 12:32:38 PM
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Bob, My frustration has mostly to do with Windows 8...HP didn't want to sell me any other OS...I have XP, Vista and Windows 7 at home already, I don't need to learn the fourth OS! (well, I have Ubuntu and Apple at work so really I have to use 6 OSs, insane!)

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