Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 23rd Nov 2012 14:03 UTC
In the News Hard to believe, but articles are popping up at business websites claiming that venerable Hewlett-Packard may fail. In their most recent fiasco, HP wrote off a loss of $8.8 of their $11.1 US billion acquisition of Autonomy and have alleged fraud in the deal. Revenue is down 7% from a year ago and the stock has hit a 10-year low. The company is laying off 27K employees but that may not be enough. Some speculate HP might be broken up into parts with buy-outs involved. This article from last May offers a good in-depth analysis of how all these problems came to pass.
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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Morgan on Sat 24th Nov 2012 09:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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and the fact that they bought such an absolutely shitty OEM (Compaq) doesn't make me feel any better about it.

Compaq was once a great computer company; when HP bought them they had fallen very far already. If it weren't for Compaq's IBM clones back in the 80s the entire industry would be vastly different. Perhaps Apple might even be the leading computer manufacturer (speaking strictly of desktops and laptops).

I do agree with you though: When I think of HP, I think of laser printers and F/OSS friendliness, relatively speaking. As for their inkjet printer offerings...well I'll say from first hand experience that they are junk for the most part. My part time job sees me bench testing all manner of printers, and by far the ones I loathe the most are the HP inkjets, especially the OfficeJet line. In contrast, their mid to high tier laser offerings are a dream to work on, and don't require nearly as much maintenance and repair as other brands (Brother, I'm looking at you).

The only down side to HP laser printers is the cost of consumables, but that's par for the course in that market. In fact, that's the one area where a Brother printer is a solid choice: Not only are their replacement cartridges dirt cheap, they are chipless, employing a simple to reset mechanical cartridge life indicator, and an easy access plug to pour refills into. The trick is getting the printer itself to outlive the included starter cartridge and drum.

I for one would love to see the company spin off the OEM PC/laptop segment as Compaq, and focus on printing and enterprise under the HP brand. And yes, please consolidate those thousands of printer SKUs into a few dozen models! That would certainly make many people's jobs easier, mine included.

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