Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Sep 2013 23:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Michael Dell has the won the battle for control of the computer company that he created, after shareholders backed his $24.8bn offer to take Dell private and revive the struggling business away from the incessant pressure of Wall Street.

The vote clears the way for the huge buyout, in which Dell is working with private equity partners Silver Lake after seeing off a challenge from activist investor Carl Icahn.

Must have been hard for him to see his baby slide into irrelevance. I hope for him he can turn things around, but I'm not sure if they'll be able to - they missed the boat, and it's probably in Fiji by now.

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by MOS6510 on Fri 13th Sep 2013 07:07 UTC
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We do business with Dell and I'm quite happy with them. They provide a wide range of excellent products.

The only thing that's perhaps a little bit sad is that all these great things are acquired. They don't develop anything themselves. AppAssure and EqualLogic were both bought for example. Other stuff, like printers and UPS units, are just rebranded devices. We have a Dell printer, when you open it it says Lexmark, which is owned by IBM. UPS units are referred to internally as APC's.

If you ask your account manager nicely he'll send you goodies. I have a Windows 2012 server baseball cap and a Dell vest, which is great if your co-worker keeps putting the airco in cryogenic mode.

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