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HP Turns Back On Compaq, Palm Legacies

Compaq was the company that in the '80s defined what PC compatible computing was all about, and the first to release a reliable 386-based computer -- something that was sorely needed if one was to run Windows with performance quicker than frozen molasses.

Compaq and Digital Equipment later merged, only to be bought by HP.

More recently HP bought Palm, the pioneer in handheld Personal Information Managers (PIM), which was the antecedent of the smartphone.

Now both legacies are imperiled as HP is considering spinning off its PC business and dumping its tablets that are based on the Palm webOS.

This is as much an affront to history as when IBM sold its PC biz to Lenovo. What's next? Microsoft ditching operating systems?

What are your fondest IBM, Compaq or DEC memories? Rack your brain and e-mail what you find to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/19/2011 at 1:18 PM


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