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Best Tech Products…Ever

In the spirit of keeping things light this morning, I won’t blog about the endless Imus scandal…

Instead, take a peak at PC World‘s just released “50 Best Tech Products of All Time“. In a world where Tetris outranks MS Excel, see if you agree with the rankings!

Markoff on Carly’s “Tough Choices”

So I read John Markoff’s piece on Thursday about the debut of Carly (Your So Vain) Fiorina’s book “Tough Choices” and then read it again. And, then looked at it a third time and I am still confused about one thing. I get the point about the main point of the story, which is that HP, under Carly’s watch, began to initiate the initial investigation around leaks to the press by members of the HP board. Markoff gets a few other points across too, mostly Carly’s resentment toward HP’s directors.

Where I’m scratching my head is this: According to Markoff’s piece, the book is “embargoed for release” until next Tuesday, which is October 10th. However, HP made the book available to reviewers if they were willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Markoff is obviously a news reporter, not a book reviewer so he was not given this opportunity. Yet Markoff writes that a New York Times reporter purchased the book at a bookstore Wednesday, Oct. 4. So what I am wondering is why sign an NDA if you ca pick it up already? And, why is the book is on sale ahead of the alleged release date? Did a clerk at a single store goof here, or is yet another example of an “intentional leak” by HP? Incidentally, a quick scan of the NYT web site’s book review section reveals that their Book Review desk has yet to pen anything on “Tough Choices.”

Finally, some what ironic is that opposite Markoff’s story and Carly’s mug on the site is an ad for HP blade server systems. I’m sure Carly isn’t engaging in much blade server talk these days.

HP Gets Voodoo

Remember when there were about a 100 PC companies duking it out back in the late 80s and early 90s? Excluding the Asian manufacturers, you can now probably count them all on two hands, maybe one. And now there is one less. In the first substantive news out of Palo Alto outside of the pretexting mess, HP today scooped up Canadian gaming PC manufacturer Voodoo Computers.

Looks like they are getting the entertainment religion. This is a good move for HP. While the unit volumes in this space are tiny, you have to think the margins on a high end $5,000 gaming system start with a crooked number, like a four or five versus a LOT lower for a pedestrian consumer box.

Very cool Voodoo community.

Interesting blog by Voodoo’s Rahul Sood, too where he talks about “Project Vampire” unfolding. These guys are doing to have some fund spending a little bit of HP Labs’ mega R&D budget.

— Posted by Tim Hurley

HP’s Woes Mount

It goes from bad to worse in Palo Alto. Red Herring (some good reporting by Brian Caulfield) writes today that HP’s soon to be former Chairwoman Patricia Dunn told employees via videotape on Tuesday that the company spied on employees in the same manner that it snooped on its board of directors and a handful of top HP beat reporters and editors at BusinessWeek, CNET, etc.

What I find a bit shameful – and I have not seen the business press pick up on this theme yet – is that Mark Hurd, who deserves great, continued praise for engineering the HP turnaround (despite the fact that you get the feeling he hates the spotlight or at least gives you that feeling) really does not need the additional responsibilities that come with heading up the board of an $90 billion company. The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Connolly does note in his story yesterday that combining Hurd’s CEO and chairman’s title is “regressive” from a corporate governance perspective. Connolly speculates that this might be an interim move until things settle down next year. You have to wonder why Dunn is being allowed to hang around as Chairwoman until January.

This whole HP fiasco took on a local angle for us Bostonians as it was learned yesterday that the California attorney general’s office is investigating Boston-based Security Outsourcing Solutions, Inc.’s role in this whole matter. The Boston Globe reports they were denied access to this firm’s offices and phone calls were not returned. Now, there’s a shocker.


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