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Company finally listens to investors, analysts

After taking a shellacking from investors and analysts, Hewlett-Packard Comp.'s (HPQ) board finally relented and has reversed its plans to chop up the company.  Based on the sentiments of the investors and the tech community Thursday's announcement might has well have read, "HP decides not to chop off limbs."

New CEO Meg Whitman indicated that her firm realized the obvious.  She comments, "HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees.  HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger."

The announcement comes after the board initially tried to placate investors by making a scapegoat out of German CEO Léo Apotheker.  To be fair, Mr. Apotheker was probably a bad fit in the first place particularly considering he was just fired by German business software giant SAP AG (ETR:SAP).  However, the decision to kill webOS and spin off the PC business clearly came from the board, as the new CEO Meg Whitman was initially encouraged to continue these plans.

HP's former board chairman Tom Perkins likened those plans to corporate suicide.

Well investors can sleep a bit more soundly now that the spinoff of the world's largest PC seller has been terminated. There is still bad news for webOS fans though; HP hasn't given any indication it's willing to back off of that unpopular decision -- not yet at least.

Source: HP

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What movie was that picture from?
By kookyMooky on 10/28/2011 10:14:35 AM , Rating: 2
I vaguely remember watching it as a kid.

RE: What movie was that picture from?
By MrBlastman on 10/28/2011 11:28:51 AM , Rating: 5
Uhh... I fart in your general direction! Grab the holy hand grenade of antioch! We have a heretic here!

Oh no, look, it is the Vorpal bunny, he has come to save our fearless poster!

Stop! Answer these questions three ere the other side he see!

What... is your favorite color!

What... is your name!

What... is the velocity of a laden poster traveling at point two two three lorentz factor squared over C raised to the power of the questioner at hand's post count?!

... I don't know...


*slaps kookyMooky*

It is none other than Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

By cjohnson2136 on 10/28/2011 11:38:56 AM , Rating: 3
It's only a flesh wound :D

RE: What movie was that picture from?
By theapparition on 10/31/2011 12:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
You're quotes are a bit off. Actually, a lot off.

Normally, it wouldn't be a big deal, but since you are quoting scripture from the holiest of movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, that is a grave sin.

The bunny is the Rabbit of Caerbannog.

Bridgekeeper: the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

King Arthur:
What you mean, African or European swallow?

I don't know that........Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

For your heinous crimes of misquoting, I sentence you to do penance at the Castle Anthrax, where eight score young blondes and brunettes, all between sixteen and nineteen and a half will attend to your needs.

Oh, and return with a shrubbary.

By cjohnson2136 on 10/31/2011 1:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
hmmm no mention if those blondes and brunettes are female or male lol

Cooler heads have prevailed.
By wordsworm on 10/27/2011 6:51:40 PM , Rating: 2
I for one am glad that HP has decided to stay in the consumer game. They might not have the flash and pomp to their brand as Apple, but their products work well. They're kind of like the Volvo of the PC world: they're modestly priced boxes. But they're boxes that work, and they work for a long time. At least, that's why I have often purchased their printers and laptops.

RE: Cooler heads have prevailed.
By tdktank59 on 10/27/2011 8:59:18 PM , Rating: 2
Also form what I understand once they source a manufacturer for a particular part (hard drives aside) they normally stick with them. Quality Control in other words instead of having 4 different brands of memory floating in a particular line they will stick with 1 brand a keep it.

One of the many reasons I like them (not that I buy them... I use a mac mainly for the fact that I have a terminal that responds almost the same as my linux servers and stuff) But I do recommend them to all of my friends and family that are looking for computers. I have never had an issue with failing hardware due to them unlike with the dells I have had to support in the past.

I am glad they are sticking with what they have been doing great for some time now.

RE: Cooler heads have prevailed.
By spread on 10/27/2011 9:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
Their printers and professional PCs and laptops and dreamcolir monitors are wonderful but their consumer line isn't so good. It's very affordable and spec wise fairly decent which is why they sell so much of it.

RE: Cooler heads have prevailed.
By wordsworm on 10/28/2011 8:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, I bought a laptop from MSI that was a complete waste of money. It gets so hot just from turning it on, and three visits to their shop didn't fix the problem. I bought an HP and it works. I know the CPUs and other crap is going to make a big difference, but also a difference between a good brand and a bad brand is that a good brand doesn't make a crap product and builds a reputation from it. HP has done that in my opinion. Customers often have a long memory: I will never buy another MSI product. I trust HP, and they're not expensive.

This reminds me of something
By Tony Swash on 10/27/2011 6:22:00 PM , Rating: 5
Watching HP's planning process reminded of something but I couldn't put my finger on it.

Then it came to me: Wile E Coyote.

RE: This reminds me of something
By retrospooty on 10/27/2011 10:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
LOL. One of the best posts ever!

LOL still

Still need to...
By Motoman on 10/27/11, Rating: 0
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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