Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Is There Going To Be a Tablet for Every OS?

The iPad, of course, uses Apple's operating system.  Windows, Linux and Android tablets are all announced for late year introductions.  And now we have HP planning to introduce a Palm tablet computer.

I guess HP had to do something with their Palm acquisition...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Six New Economic "Normals"

Fortune has a list of what they consider the five new "Economic Normals":
1.Long-term unemployment
2.Renting over owning
3.Saving over spending
4.Staycations over vacations
5.Higher taxes for 'the rich'
And I will add my own:
6. "Flat" is the new "Up"

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Kickbacks at Apple?

I am a little astounded, and as someone who sells technology appalled: Apple manager indicted on kickback charges:

(Apple Manager) Devine, 37, is accused of accepting more than $1 million in exchange for providing confidential information to Apple suppliers in Asia. The suppliers allegedly used the information to negotiate favorable contracts with Apple, which is based in Cupertino.
Right now the companies involved are saying that they did not know this guy worked at Apple and were buying "consulting services". That just happen to help them win contracts at Apple.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

HP's Hurd - My Theory

HP's Mark Hurd Resigns After Sexual-Harassment Probe
Hewlett-Packard Co.’s Mark Hurd resigned as chief executive officer after an investigation found he had a personal relationship with a contractor who received numerous inappropriate payments from the company.
Hurd submitted receipts for expenses ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 over two years, including meals and travel, that should have been labeled as personal and not related to business, said a person familiar with the situation.

The expenses were incurred at HP-hosted “CEO forums,” mostly in North America, in which Hurd participated, this person said. The woman worked as a contractor hosting the events


HP Contractor Didn't Have Sex or Affair With CEO Hurd, Lawyer Allred Says

So the CEO lays out thousands of dollars in business expenses to go around the country with this woman for...not having sex or an affair?  Riiiiggght.

Actually there could be one plausible explanation that fits these facts: There was a mentor-mentee, father-daughter thing going on where Hurd was trying to shepherd the girl and they became emotionally intimate.  If she then approached him for a sexual relationship and he turned her down, her anger would drive her to try to destroy him by going to a lawyer, despite the fact there was never any sex.