HP Splitting in Two Companies

HP plans to split its PC and printer businesses into two separate companies. Splitting up a company is nothing new to Silicon Valley. Recently, eBay spun off Paypal. A few years ago, IBM spun off Lenovo, and 3Com spun off Palm. Even HP itself, is a by-product of the HP and Agilent split years ago. Will we see Oracle and possibly Microsoft splitting up its core businesses? It’s difficult to imagine that such a thing can happen, but nothing is guaranteed in the tech industry. Companies have to compete and survive, and they will do anything necessary to generate profits. The bottom line is, companies still need to make a quality product or service that people want. Splitting companies is just an adjustment or strategy to that end.

32GB Flash Drive

I picked up one of these at Frys Electronics the other week. It’s USB 2.0 32GB Flash drive for just $25. What a bargain! It’s not quite as fast as USB 3.0 drive, but it’s fast enough for what I’ll be doing, just copying media files from one computer to another. It’s small and compact. I’ve attached mine to my key ring holder. I forget it’s even there sometimes.

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HP Pavilion p6710f for $390

If you are looking for a fairly decent desktop system, and you happen to be near a Micro Center store, you should look into the HP Pavilion p6710f that’s on sale for just $390. The p6710f is powered by AMD Athlon™ II 640, a quad core processor.

It comes with 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM, 1 TB 7,200 RPM hard drive, an ATI RadeonTM HD 4200 display card, and powered by Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit). You can review all the details of the p6710f at Micro Center’s website. I think it’s a great deal.

I would get this if I were looking into buying a new system, but I already own a AMD Athlon™ II 640 system. I could use more memory and a better graphics card, but this system for the price is a great deal.

HP Buys Palm

HP is buying Palm for $1.3 billion. This means Palm’s webOS will get a much needed boost from an well established company. HP has dabbled with smart phones in the past. HP’s smart phones ran on Windows Mobile. Expect webOS running on future HP smart phones.

HP Probook

Here is another small win for Linux. HP just announced the Probook, a new line of inexpensive business laptops. The ProBook comes with a 14-inch, 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch screen sizes with prices starting at $529. The Probook comes pre-installed with Novell Inc’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11.

I took a quick look at HP’s website if the Probook has been updated. It’s not. HP does a horrible job of promoting Linux. They have been selling the Mini pre-installed with Linux for several months now. Unfortunately, Linux is not one of the pre-configured models. You have to customize the Mini if you want the Linux platform.

If a casual buyer visits HP’s website, chances are, they’ll never find the Linux systems. They are tucked and hidden away from sight. You won’t even know HP sells them if you happen to be just browsing. You really have to be looking for Linux to find them. I am not a bit surprised since the words “HP recommends Windows Vista® Business” are blasted on the screen.

Nevertheless, having Linux pre-installed on HP line of business laptops is a still a win. At least, it’s an available option. Albeit, a hidden one.

Linux World 2005

I went to Linux World 2005 Exhibition today. The usual big companies were there like HP, Sun, IBM, AMD, Oracle and Sybase. Linux giants Redhat and Novell were also present along with a few companies with smaller Linux distributions.

I was a bit disappointed since I expected a bit more. Missing were the popular Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD, TurboLinux and Mandriva companies. Where are you guys? It was nice to see MySQL. I expected a bit more Linux gadgets, but there were few and far between. The big companies clearly dominated the Linux World Exhibition. They had the largest and best spots on the floor.

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