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.
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.
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 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.
Distrowatch reviews the HP Mini 110 Mi Edition. The Mini 110 runs on an Atom 1.6GHz N280 processor with 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB 5400 RPM drive and a 10-inch display monitor capable of displaying 1024 x 576 pixels. The Mi stands for mobile internet. It runs on a simplified and customized version of the Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. Read the rest of the review.