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rsexton322
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11/10/2011 | 1:09:32 PM
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Personally, I am disappointed in HP as a company. WebOS was a letdown, but just this week support (offshore) refused to replace a defective DVDRom drive. Would not send a replacement, would not send a tech and the only way to cover it under warranty was to send the entire desktop PC back to HP for replacement. I really doubt if management knew of this they would agree, but management hired the offshore company. I've recommended HP products for over a decade and HP assumed my recommendation of the Proliant line of servers, but I can not and still sleep good at night recommend HP again. Down your head in SHAME HP! All over a 20.00 DVDRom drive. Way to go HP.
JohnnieK
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11/9/2011 | 11:18:52 PM
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leave it to HP to turn a non-announcement into news . . .

-JK http://www.longest.com/coupons...
ANON1237925156805
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11/9/2011 | 9:17:17 PM
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The problem and the sorrow isn't what happened yesterday; it's what's been happening for months if not years. I'm sure that Messrs. Hewlett and Packard are spinning in their graves at a dizzying rate at the failure of nerve, imagination, and execution of the great company they founded. Let's not lay this on the new administration though-not yet at least.

HP bought Palm for quite a bit of money, articulated a vision that had real promise, executed it poorly and then didn't give it a fair chance to pan out before pulling the plug. In doing so they have devalued what had the potential to be a good acquisition for them or for someone else. At this point there are no options other than ugly ones. There's no good reason for Ms. Whitman to rush her fences.

I'm guessing that the cause of this debacle was that not all of mgmt were truly on the same page at the time they made the acquisition or afterwards. That meant that there was no agreed upon set of goals, milestones, benchmarks, no definition of what would constitute success or failure. That's what leads to panic and panic is what drove Apotheker's ludicrous decision to retreat before the battle started.

I think that Meg Whitman is absolutely right to take the time to get everyone aligned so that they make a decision that is best for all. Who knows whether they will seek to sniff out potential buyers in the meantime? That said though they do need to make haste slowly. As WebOS develoeprs leave, which will be inevitable, that will only hurt the value of the technology whether it's sold or retained. Make haste slowly is the best we can hope for.
GSMITH971
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11/9/2011 | 7:58:28 PM
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When I heard about this non-decision yesterday I had to write a post as well. I'm so disappointed in HP, they had an opportunity to be great again and now they can't even figure out how to be mediocre.
ThePrisoner6
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11/9/2011 | 7:33:58 PM
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Great way to get the worst out of your employees. I suppose it doesn't matter if you're closing the division.

Personally, I could dream up a myriad of other applications for WebOS - from Cable DVRs to even possibly a friendly appliance front-end. Apparently HP lacks the imagination required for any such initiative.

It's sad, really. The people who developed the product probably have a better idea of its potential than HP executives, who are deciding the product's fate. Maybe it would be worthwhile for Whirlpool or Kenmore to buy them for a song and leverage the technology to make something useful in a niche that has yet to be fully exploited.

Somebody had better do it before Apple does, or they'll all be out of a job.


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