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Hewlett Packard calls it quits

Posted on 19 August 2011 by Michael

So long HP and your wonderful computing products. So long HP TouchPad. We hardly knew thee.

Following in the footsteps of what IBM did 10 years ago, the long time computer maker has decided to sell of it’s computer, tablet and smartphone division and shift its business model to selling software and hardware to government and business, which is usually more profitable.

I wonder what they’re going to do with all those left over TouchPads.




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One of IBM’s original engineers declares the PC era dead

Posted on 13 August 2011 by Michael

The original IBM PC, the 5150. I don't about you, but I just love those old computers.

 

Mark Dean, one of the engineers who worked on the design of the original IBM PC5150 in the early 80’s,  recently wrote a blog post entertaining the idea that the PC era as we know it is being replaced by, as he states, social ideas.

Read Marks words,

“PCs are being replaced at the center of computing not by another type of device — though there’s plenty of excitement about smartphones and tablets — but by new ideas about the role that computing can play in progress. These days, it’s becoming clear that innovation flourishes best not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact. It is there that computing can have the most powerful impact on economy, society and people’s lives.”

You can read the full article here.

Not that I disagree with what Mark’s saying, but, I’d have to say that the driving force of PC development all along has been the need to establish, maintain, and improve social connectivity. Sure the technology has changed, but its part in the grand scheme of things is the same today as it was back when I was typing along on my old IBM 386.

Oh yes, the PC  itself may change shape, color, sexual orientation (no wait, computers can’t do that yet), size and function, but as long as you and I continue to use technology, there will be a PC of some form inside that whateveryoucallit gadget, whether it be an iPad, iPod, iToilet, fueling our desire to remain connected to those around us. Of course, nothing divides a family better then a TV in every bodies room, but that remains to be discussed for another day.

Technology itself may change, but the ideas and social forces that has driven the development of the PC is nothing new. It was here when IBM first created it’s PC’s, it will be here long after IBM is gone,  driving technology to it’s limit and beyond.

Nothing new about that.

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Apple blocks sale of Samsung’s Galaxy tablet in most of E.U.

Posted on 10 August 2011 by Michael

Apple’s attempt to block the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy has been a success or at least in the E.U. anyway.

A German court has ruled in Apple’s favor, blocking sales of the Galaxy throughout most of the European Union.

So what’s Apple’s beef with Samsung?

Apple accuses Samsung with blatantly ripping off their products from design and interface, right down to the packaging of the Galaxy. Samsung is counter suing.

Suits in the U.S., Australia and elsewhere are still pending so stay tuned.

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