Further proof that IP laws don't work.
As a result, $10,000 of AOL stock is worth a lot more now than it would have been.
But not worth more than it was. So you agree 100%, but in the most disagreeable way possible. What a prick.
That supports your argument that HP's servers were shit, but not that Compaq's are actually any good.
Comparatively good, then. Dell didn't have much for servers at the time, and there weren't too many choices for Wintel. Compaq was the server leader at the time. It's obvious you didn't like them, but they were more popular than anything else. And HP was not popular, at all.
You are arguing that HP could have acquired someone better than Compaq, not that Compaq was a bad acquisition.
HP never had a handheld worth a fuck outside of calculators, and calculator sales are basically nonexistent today.
Even over 20 years after introduction, the HP 200LX is still in use in mission-critical places. A device the size of a cell phone that ran DOS, and had a serial port. If they had kept up the miniturization on that and kept it small and cheap, http://www.amazon.com/Hewlett-... You can still buy used ones for more than the cost of new, back when they were made. Had HP not been idiots, they could have had 100% of the DOS market, in a PC that runs on AA batteries (or forever off a low-power wall wart).
Yes, their WinCE devices were shit, but mainly because WinCE was shit.
There's just this hazy assertion that it might have been worse otherwise because HP servers are descended from Compaq servers. All I know for sure is that Fiorina turned the combined current market share of HP and Compaq into less than the market share of HP at the time of the merger.
She still did better than AOL/Time Warner, then.
We can't know what the result would have been, until we invent time machines and alternate universes.
"Just think of a computer as hardware you can program." -- Nigel de la Tierre