Re: Sic transit gloria mundi

From: joel garry <>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:07:07 -0700 (PDT)
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On Sep 16, 11:14 am, Mladen Gogala <> wrote:
> HP sees cell phones as its saving grace. From the hindsight, it seems
> that Scott McNeally was right when he was talking about HP as a wonderful
> printer company. They have absolutely messed up the high end computer

Hows that Sun thing working out for him?

> business they were in. I had an opportunity to work on HP-UX 11.31 on
> Itanic, quite recently and it's a mess.
> It looks like the old idea of getting back to profitability by cutting
> down on work force and services is still alive. I bet that their next big
> move will involve HP music store.

Quote from his wikipedia page: ""There’s a pendulum thing where stuff is on the client side and then goes back into the network where it belongs. The answering machine put voicemail by the desk, and then it went back into the network. Your iPod is like your home answering machine. I guarantee you it will be hard to sell an iPod five or seven years from now when every cell phone can access your entire music library wherever you are." That was in 2006. The Register's comment was "Well, sure. Unless your iPod is your cell phone."

I always loved his speechifying at OOW. I wonder what the British royals think about his privacy stance?

My unix lifecycle went something like this: Duplix (eh?), SunOS (BSD), SunOS 2.x, VMS ("posix is more unix than unix"), DEC unix/ Ultrix, AIX, hp-ux, Solaris, linux (a few dozen early varieties), hpux  Itanium. And a sprinkling of Xenix and some other more obscure things. And you know what? All of those and the hardware manufacturers associated with them have gone through life cycles, sometimes at an unexpectedly rapid pace. It is really difficult strategically to continue a mature computer business. What's-her-name has a pretty easy job, fix what's already messed up, get loads of money whether you do or do not.


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