Once-great computer company HP wants to get out of the computer business but has no concrete plan how or when and, oh btw, also wants to sell you this computer. Sadly, it's not called the Death Rattle. It has Ethernet.
August 21, 2011: The day billionaire Michael Dell got in a tit-for-tat scuffle with someone from HP, probably some poor social media intern who drew the weekend straw this week, about HP's withdrawal from the consumer PC space.
It's cool, I understand that old people have trouble understanding new technology (*cough* Senator Grassley *cough*). But, when it's your job to understand and make BINDING LEGAL RULINGS on technology, you have to at least know the difference between OSX and Windows 7. Looks like Northern Calfornia district judge…
What if I told you there was an ultralight device that put all the functionality of a powerful tablet into the thinnest, lightest laptop you ever saw? It exists. It could be great. And it's dying before its time.
Not only does the 10.1-inch HP Compaq Airlife 100 look like an scaled-down MacBook Pro, but it runs Android and has a touchscreen and a webcam and an SD slot. In other words, an iPad for the Apple haters.
With CES only a week away, photos and incomplete specs for 8 new machines from HP have leaked, including an upgraded Mini 210 HD netbook now touting a N450 Pine Trail processor.
Sometimes I forget that for less than $399 you can still snatch up a pretty decent full size laptop or desktop. Thank you, Compaq for reminding me of this with the 15.6-inch CQ61 notebook and Presario 40101f.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 70,000 lithium-ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq laptops. Apparently, there have been at two reported cases where the batteries caught on fire.
In a survey of customer satisfaction, the computer industry as a whole scored pretty badly, with Apple the marginal best out of a not-so-thrilling bunch. The worst sector, however, was ISPs, which seem universally loathed.
WSJ's Nick Wingfield interviewed the headhunter who brought Tim Cook to Apple. Back in 1998, it was Jobs who had to convince Cook—a cyclist with a "cool, unflappable demeanor"—to leave Compaq. Good play, dude. [WSJ]
HP is announcing 10 business notebooks today, but there's only one that we care about: the flagship EliteBook 6930p, a ruggedized, super-encrypted, QuickLook 2-boosted, 4-and-a-half pounder.
The Gadget: HP's response to the Asus EEE PC, the HP 2133 Mini-Note.
According to these—allegedly "leaked"—photos, the black and aluminum 2.5-pound HP Compaq 2133 UMPC laptop looks like the Asus Eee PC's cooler cousin.
• A security researcher published code that is capable of
bricking corrupting Windows boot sectors on most HP and Compaq laptops. That doesn't sound too good. [Slashdot]
• Microsoft continues to rename everything in sight, this time folding IPTV, HD DVD, and Media Center into one group called Connected TV. [News.com]
I've been waiting for this good news from HP for awhile: their laptops are finally, officially, and definitely going to get LEDs inside of LCDs.
Consumer Reports recently posted this chart showing the percentage of laptops that need some serious repair - we believe/hope over the life of the product. These numbers are staggering, as is the fact that there is only a 3% difference between leaders Sony and Lenovo and losers Compaq and Gateway.
Laptop reviewed the nc2400, HP's business compaq that looks like the bastard spawn of a ThinkPad and a Smurf. This 12-inch notebook weighs 3.6 pounds and manages to stick an optical drive into its tiny frame. The model they tested had a 1.2-GHz Core Solo processor with 512MB of RAM standard. They saw over 5 hours…