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 09:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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We even have a large designjet printer where the Hard Drive was broken and it can't be replaced even if you dd/cloned it because it needs the genuine part number.

That seems to be a common issue with that printer line in my experience. The problem is finding another brand of ultra wide format printers with the level of support HP offers for their beasts.

And since you mentioned ink costs (and oddly enough contradicted yourself), the DesignJet series is actually fairly cost effective for an HP inkjet, especially considering the narrow market they address.

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