You really are clueless, aren't you? You're attitude is typical of the kind of sarcastic uninformed crap that was posted on /. about Bill Hewlett.
What part of Bill Hewlett has been retired for 20 years do you not understand? He has nothing to do with your misfortunes with your Pavillion (which sound like a bad hard drive coupled with your thick-headedness).
Bill deserves respect. Do you work fluxtime? You can thank Bill & Dave for that one. Do you work in an environment where you don't have to wear a stuffy suit and answer "yes sir, no sir" to your boss? Again, thank Bill & Dave. In a world dominated by stuffy IBM management, the HP Way redefined everything and paved the way for a much more relaxed environment that most of us enjoy in the high-tech world. Bill & Dave were true innovators, a real success story. In fact, they showed you can be a success in high-tech WITHOUT claiming an evil monopoly (unlike Microsoft).
So you don't like HP's new alliances with Microsoft, then? Why not do some research on that...you'll find that HP's weird decisions with respect to NT (including the ill-fated statement that they were going to "drop HPUX in favour of NT") all originate with one person: Rick Belluzzo. Does that name ring any bells? It should...he's the same guy that almost destroyed SGI with his "pro-NT, pro-Microsoft" policies, who then JUMPED SHIP from a dying SGI to join Microsoft.
Any company can have a bad exec or two. That's no reason to paint the entire company as evil. HP took a bath with their NT/Itanium gambit, and they are paying for it. That doesn't affect the works of Bill and Dave, who started the company and revolutionized the industry. As someone who once worked for HP, I can honestly say that HP set the standard for what I expect in a workplace...mutual respect, laid back atmosphere, patience and real incentives to do a good job. HP treats their employees very well, all these decades after the "HP Way" was first coined.
Rest in peace, Bill & Dave. Those of use that remember thank you for what you have done.
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