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Dear Meg: you've got your work cut out for you 62

by Derek Kessler Thu, 22 Sep 2011 5:06 pm EDT

Congratulations, Meg Whitman, you’ve just been named CEO of HP, the world’s largest technology company, a leader in the personal computing, business computing, printers, and enterprise software sectors. Tonight, let the Dom Pérignon flow, because tomorrow the real work begins.

You’re inheriting a company that has gone through what amounts to severe cranial trauma over the past year. You know the history – Mark Hurd is forced out for maybe not having sex with a PR contractor he might have had way overpaid, relative unknown Leo Apotheker is brought in as the new CEO, and proceeds to lobotomize HP. You have an advantage over Apotheker: you have years of executive experience from eBay – in the consumer space at that – and had front row seats in the HP boardroom to watch Apotheker blitzkrieg through the company his was hired to run.

HP is a mess right now, thanks to your predecessor’s actions and the board’s inaction (yes, we know, you were part of that board). Your first actions are going to sound something like what we hear from the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination right now: “I will undo what I perceive to be my predecessor’s mistakes.” (irony alert: Whitman was the Republican nominee for the California governorship in 2010).

First things first: stop the split. HP does not need to be divided into hardware and software companies. There’s no need to spin-off the Personal Systems Group into its own entity. In fact, it’s a boneheaded move to get rid of a part of your company valued at $20 billion (half of HP) with earnings over $2 billion annually.

Second: Resurrect and double-down on webOS. Mark Hurd, potential creep though he may be, got it right when it came to HP’s consumer hardware future: integrated mobility is where it’s at. That’s why HP paid $1.2 billion for Palm last summer. Microsoft is obviously making a big play at the mobile space with Windows 8 and Windows Phone, but you can see the success that Apple’s has had with their own integrated model. The integrated model lets you do things faster and better than you can with the licensing model. Of course, there’s still a future for HP with Microsoft (see the $20 billion PSG above), but webOS can be a major player if you’re willing to put the effort and muscle into it that is necessary.

That starts by undoing HP’s shutdown of webOS device operations. We’ve heard bits about the new devices that were under development when the cancellation order came down, and it’s time to kick that development back into high gear. Hire back the laid off engineers, reintegrate the software and hardware arms of webOS, and get this train rolling full steam ahead. There’s a rapidly expanding tablet market out there and there’s only going to be a limited amount of time to break in before Apple completely cements their dominance. Of course, there are smartphones to consider too. And the software. Doubling down means pulling out all the stops and making sure webOS has all the money and support it needs to get the job done.

Third: Cancel the Autonomy acquisition. If it’s not too late, pull the plug on Apotheker’s $10 billion purchase of UK-based software firm Autonomy. It’s a massive amount of money to be spending on a company that offers very little to even HP’s enterprise offerings, especially considering that that massive amount of money amounts to nearly 1/4 of HP’s present valuation. It’s not money HP can afford to spend, and even though the cancellation penalty is going to hurt, it’ll hurt less than writing that $10 billion check for something you know you don’t need.

That’s it for now, but do know that we’ve got an eye on you. Compared to Leo Apotheker, you’re a rock star. Do us proud. Really, we can’t take much more drama.


I trade bonds, well I live in the cloud...
I crush your head!

Dear Meg,

Please bring the Pre 3 to the United States, immediately.


or else.... :-) now where's my pitchfork??

forget the pre 3 start from scratch. I just got the Galaxy s2 on Sprint and I cant believe what I have been missing. Yeah the multi tasking rules on the Pre, but I am extremely pleased. Still got my Touchpad and 2 other Pre's in the house. So I am still in love with Webos. Just get some fancy new phones that rock.

Did Samsung ever get the GPS working? And are they still using their own ridiculous file system instead of ext3? And the occasional OS update less than 6 months after Google puts it out?

The only think I liked about my Epic was the camera. And the current Samsung forums on Android Central still have the same "fixes" required to run the GPS.

I'm kind of glad they didn't buy WebOS!

Everyone +1 !

Yes.. especially #2!

Well, Meg just said she is staying the course on the Lobotomizers decisions. Spin off PSG, purchase Autonomy, and license WebOS. UGH!!!!

There is no looking back. HP is scared to death that they loose relation with Microsoft. In a larger scheme of things its valid. HP has a bigger enemy in ORACLE. They need Microsoft on their side.

Does anyone really think that HP is going to ditch Windows for webOS? No they are two completely different beasts. Are Microsoft going to stop selling Windows to HP? No of course not, not with HP selling two PCs ever minute.

She just reiterated the Leo line on webOS in the conference call. "We will continue to explore ways to leverage the webOS software."

Of course she did. The board approved his actions. They just needed a scapegoat. Someone had to go to jail so to speak.

Go to "jail" to the tune of $35M.

Sorry for us..
HP live Conf. call:

11:14 pm "The current plan includes the spinoff of PSG and the discontinuation of TouchPad and webOS products."

Hrmm.. I suppose there is still some hope. Still seems as though, Leo just dove out of a plane he put into a nosedive and Meg is at the controls with her arms crossed...

I'm guessing meg isn't crossing her arms. There's going to be food in those mits.

If you're not talking about webOS, quit effing saying Synergy. Freaking pointy hair...

That makes sense. Your stock is sliding so you fire your current CEO, then stay the course with a new Celeb CEO. Can't fail. -Great

Sounds a lot like Netflix. NFLX stock is down 58% in just over 2 months, but they are "staying the course." The stock has to go up over 135% before it is back to its previous highs...not worth it.

HP may be worse, IMO, because they still seem confused about the direction they want to take the company.

What's the **** point of firing Leo if you're just gonna do the same thing? This proves that HP was never in it for the long haul.

Remember... "we didn't buy webOS to get into the smartphone business..."

Folks, they really didn't. They would have been ecstatic if the Veer, TouchPad and Pre3 accidentally became super sellers, but they were never counting on it for their long term strategy.

They are still moving forward with the plan they laid out before they fired Hurd. They just need a front man that will quit making investors lose millions of dollars every time he/she opens his/her fool mouth.

Sorry Derek, our wish is not granted. You know she was part of the board that was fine with Leo's decision.

as much as I would love to see the webos devices coming back, it ain't gonna happen...

I'm inclined to agree with you. Oh we'll see various aspects of WebOS show up on other OS. Maybe by the time my launch day Pre stops working, some company will have made a phone for Sprint with a more WebOS-looking UI.

Meg, I know you are reading all these posts today. I dropped my Pre+ because the hardware stunk and HP did not give me the upgrade to 2.0. Give me decent hardware and support it and I will sell my iPhone on eBay and come back to webOS.

Good luck!

Not surprised at all. It usually take a new CEO at least 3-6 months to start changing strategy.

The other important point is that the board didn't fire Apothecker because of the strategy - they fired him due to the way he managed it. The hired Whitman to implement the strategy better.

Hoping for a better outcome for webOS, nonetheless... webOS had slim hopes under Leo given his ineptitude. The whole August/black Thursday debacle reminds me of Microsoft's Kin misadventure last year - except if Leo had been in Ballmer's shoes he would have also simultaneously announced that, in addition to killing the Kin, he was going to immediately cease all Windows OS development, and port MS Office to Android and iOS for good measure.


The time to sell was when this all started--about 6 months ago. I gave Leo a couple months to prove himself...once he showed who he was and where HP was going I bail back in February or so.

I did stick w/webOS, however. Just bailed on the HPQ stock.

Now it's time to buy.

NooO! Do not rehire the same hardware people that were laid off! Although it probably was a huge F-up due to the higher ups, I think webOS could use some new blood in the hardware department. Let's get some fresh eyes and hopefully a ground up rebuild on the hardware side. If webOS wants to stand any chance against juggernaut APPLE, they're going to want to hit them where it hurts....DESIGN.

the hardware people, whoever they are, have to work with the specs and chips they are told they can use.

HP needs to open up the coffers and buy top shelf, not back bin sales!

More **** - different face - disappointing is the understatement....


Derek said:
>HP does not need to be divided into
>hardware and software companies.

PSG is not the only hardware part of HP. Yes, consumers only see laptops, PCs and printers. But IT and business professionals know HP has had a profitable big-iron server business for a long, long time. And their networking products are first-rate. However, I agree with the sentiment. HP should not spin off the Personal Systems Group.

I think this is pretty much it... Leo was hired for a reason, they´re not changing plans now, they´re only changing the person who is going to take the lead... You can make these kind of overnight decisions once, but not twice... Damage is done and is irreversible

I don´t think they´re working on webOS that much either anymore... I mean, we can say the Pre2 is webOS flagship at the moment (how many Pre3 are there out there?), and we should have seen some kind of update by now... We should have webOS 2.2 and we still don´t... Is it because they´re working on webOS 3.x?... Don´t know, they might be working on webOS, but it´s not looking like they´re doing it for the devices out there

I´ll hold to my Pre2 as long as I can, but I´m sure this is going to be my last webOS phone, and not because I want to

I dare you proof me wrong Meg!!

Wish I could get a Franken Pre2, but no moolah. :(

Yea...I also think this is it!
That's why I got me a Motorola Photon this last Saturday, I'm keeping my "PalmPad", but my original Pre really needed a replacement and this Moto Powerhouse is great, could be better if it was running webOS, unfortunately it is Android.

For now, I will stay as far away as possible from HP products since they let all of us (webOS community) down, and will tell everyone in my family, my neighbors, friends and even people I don't know to also stay away from such a lame company, "Think Beyond"!!!


Do you not see the irony of advocating that HP totally reverse LEO's disastrous decisions while advising that they rehire all of the ole' WebOS gang and "double down" on THAT disastrous strategy?

By all means...pray for resurrection. Your likelihood and our enjoyment depends on it. BUT don't just act like the problem was they just need to do MORE of whatever they were doing.

It wasn't working, so put some thought into it and outline a (different) strategy for them that would make WebOS work.

Remember Apple before Jobs' return? remember the first iMac?.... Remember Palm splitting itself into separate hardware and software companies, then later realizing that was a poor business choice? HP just needs to get their heads on straight, or they'll end belly up!

HP has soo many factors to lead to soo many great things (minus its ridiculous leadership), its just a factor of them being able to put it all together... it took Apple a long while to get to the point its at right now, sooo please HP, start now!

I've heard from some business saavy friends that Meg would be a disastrous choice to head up HP.

That makes complete sense given the fact that she was part of the board that watched Leo destroy HP. These people are complete idiots. I don't understand how they were ever in a position to get elected to HP's board in the first place.

It's truly a shame that webOS got caught up in HP's web of mis-management and in-fighting. I hope I'm wrong in saying that there is no chance for webOS, however, its future seems bleak.

I get that Leo sucked on the execution part of things but HP's stock didn't drop like a rock just because investors didn't like him. They hate the strategy and the direction the company is going in. So for Meg to come out and say they are just going to continue to mozy along the way they have been is completely asinine.

Why do I have to care about webOS so much...ugh.

My goodness! Do you people really think that the main think HP should care about is resurecting twice-dead, zombie Palm? Get a clue, there are far more important things for HP to do.

I know you people think that the HP CEO is a good choice if she goes all out to save Palm and compete with Apple. She is bad if she soesn't. That is so ridiculous. You people don't care if she burns the company to the ground just as long as she supports Palm. I expect this from the nut-cases, but I expect better of you, DK. I know you need to fire up the troops, but you can't possibly believe that this is the priority for HP. How about a little realistic analysis once you're done with the pep rally.

Pfffft. Just need to double down - which is good if it concerns WebOS, but bad regarding other bad decisions we're not fanbois of. It only makes sense if you're an ailing company to put your focus on your most nascent and unprofitable product.

My favorite is Derek saying "WebOS can be a major player if you’re willing to put the effort and muscle into it that is necessary." you know....because HP didn't use their channel clout to ship the Touchpad everywhere and they didn't spend hundreds of millions on ads and just as much on manufacturing and R&D.

Do the same thing with the same people....but do it harder. Great advice. Why make money?

Well said! For the life of me, I can't figure out what people think HP didn't do, other than bleed until dead. They announced with as much hype and fanfare as they were capable of. They advertised, they designed the best they know how to do, even if they did just follow the template. ;) They let Palm be Palm, giving control of the projects to the two people who cared the most about it: Tom and Ruby. They supplied financial and human resources, and in the end, came out with something no more impressive than the Zeen or Slate 500. They pursued the phone strategy Ruby brought with him and gave Palm plenty of rope. What we saw was the best they could do with the combined resources of Palm, HP and the WebOS community.

Really? You can't think of what they didn't do? How about NOT releasing a last-generation, iPad 1-specced tablet at the same price as the iPad 2. How about releasing the Pre 3 at the same time as or before the TouchPad? How about realizing that it was going to take more than one product cycle to capture the mind-share for webOS?

See how easy it is when you do a little bit of critical thinking? All three of you make zero sense and are just here to troll. WebOS WAS suppose to be a major part of HP's plan moving forward. You know the whole thing about moving to inter-connected devices and having products that allow your customers to have all of their data and applications available anywhere, on any one of their devices? That's the future of computing and that's what HP had going for them with webOS so yes, it is a big deal to drop it like a rock. I can assure you its more important than their current $10 billion deal.

And the comment about how they put all that money into R&D? The three products they released weren't part of it. By all accounts, the three they released were already in the pipeline with Palm but were delayed due to the HP buyout. So they didn't put any of their R&D to good use (webOS slab phone, TouchPad Go). Instead, they completed wasted it by shutting down device operations in the middle of producing the TouchPad Go. Please think before you troll...yeesh.

You still don't get it. They did the best they could. Now, you say they shouldn't have KIRFed the iPad 1. Great. What were you saying when they introduced it? People thought it was a pretty good idea at the time. Some of said a long time ago that HP has the design chops of a gorilla. They have NEVER been able to do this sort of stuff at a high level. HP IS NOT, NEVER HAS BEEN, AND NEVER WILL BE APPLE! They did the best they could.

You know why they didn't make a slate phone? Because they don't know how to design a phone that anyone wants to buy, and never have! You know why they didn't release the P3? Because no carrier wanted to carry the Palm Pre by another name! You know why they didn't take more product cycles? Because they were losing money, credibility, and they had no idea how to fix the underlying problems. THEY HAVE ALWAYS SUCKED AT THIS STUFF! Now, you think that because they bought twice dead, zombie Palm, that all would be magically fixed. I'm telling you, friend, they did the best they knew how to do. They do not have anyone there who knows of a better strategy. They had their top Palm guys on the job with a free hand.

What you want is for someone to buy Palm who knows what the heck they are doing. Good luck with that.

The paradox is if a company knows what they are doing, they will look at the billions already sunk into WebOS and various iterations of hardware and pass on stepping into that briar patch themselves.

I have no qualms with the TouchPad being similar to the iPad 1. Also, I never said and never believed that HP was Apple or could design at that level. And that is precisely my point. HP has a solid product in the TouchPad, but they priced themselves out of the market trying to go head-to-head with the iPad 2 (and that is what I thought when they introduced it). As jerrydan pointed out below, I was incorrect to say the TouchPad is iPad 1 specced. It's not, but compared to the iPad 2, it's a lot heavier and the software isn't as fast, plus it doesn't have the clout in the market. So the point I was trying to make is that the TouchPad just couldn't compete at that price level (don't get me wrong though, I love the TouchPad, own two, and would never get an iPad over it).

I would beg to differ that they don't know how to design phones. I personally LOVE the Pre 3 and would have bought that in a heartbeat. I'm not saying that I know this is true, but don't discount the fact that Palm's original designs could very well have been limited due to cash flow constraints. I wouldn't be so quick to say they don't know how to design a phone. The Pre 3 is not the original Pre. I don't think carriers have vendettas like that. If the Pre 3 was a solid device (which by all accounts it was) then I don't see them refusing it (except maybe Sprint).

Finally, I would also argue that the Palm folks DID know what they were doing. From the launch of the Pre to the HP buyout, they did not have the cash to hire everyone they needed to and do everything they wanted to. From the sounds of it, being bought by HP was a nightmare for them as mis-management was rampant, causing a lot of problems with getting other products designed and to market that were in the pipeline (there was a webosRoundup article detailing some of that). I think Mr. Apotheker has a twitchy trigger finger and didn't give the Palm folks the money and the time to do what they wanted to. Remember, PreCentral and webOSRoundup were both pretty sure that the Pre 3 and TouchPad were supposed to be released last year but got delayed due to finding a buyer and then going through the transition with HP.

The point I'm trying to make in all that rambling is that you shouldn't be so quick to judge lack of cash as ineptitude or inability. There are a lot of great ideas that never get off the ground due to a lack of funds.

At the very least, at least you called me "friend". ;-)

Please think before YOU respond, RoyFripple.

The TouchPad does not have iPad 1 specs. The iPad 1 did not have a GB of RAM, nor did it have dual core processor, nor did it have a front facing camera. If they could have released the Pre 3 sooner, they would have. The software wasn't ready, and as we're now seeing, there is no version of WebOS (1.x, 2.x, 3.x) that is finished and fully optimized for the hardware it runs on.

Mindshare was never HP's game. Making money is. While they were prepared to accept losses for WebOS, they were not prepared to have to sell the devices for virtually no profit to get them to move while racking up billions of losses in the process.

You say WebOS was "supposed" to be a major part of their plan moving forward, but it never actually WAS. They tossed out it being on PCs, but never gave details. Same for it being on netbooks and printers. There was more focus and progress on getting printing working iOS than there was WebOS! This stuff sounded great on a slide, but where was the actual strategy, implementation and timeline? Nowhere. Your blathering about the "future" of people moving data between interconnected devices is true NOW of both Android and Windows 8/Windows Phone, two VIABLE ecosystems that HP is free to buy into and probably will after this debacle. They never even got tap-to-share to do anything but trade URLs. All this talk...but it was based on things they were unable to achieve.

HP tried to sell these devices at a profit. Few bit, so they got out of the game before "doubling down" on a losing strategy and losing product. If WebOS was a such a gem, where are the licensees? HP indicated they were willing to share it several months ago. I haven't seen ONE taker announced, but I have rather public rejection from Samsung and Qualcomm.

As I stated in my response to "Just Another Point of View" above, I was incorrect in comparing the specs to the iPad 1. But the fact is that the TouchPad was heavier than the iPad 2 and doesn't run as fast and without the clout in the market, is not perceived to be an equal product. Therefore, it shouldn't have been priced as such.

The fact that the software wasn't ready for the Pre 3, in time to get it released along with the TouchPad speaks to the mis-management that appears to have been so rampant there. Whether that was due to Palm folks or HP folks, I don't know but I'd take a guess that it was HP. Throughout the life of webOS, Palm has never had the necessary cash to implement their strategy the way they wanted to.

For pretty much the rest of your response, I know. What you're "rebutting" me with was largely my point. HP SAID that webOS was going to be this hugely integrated system that pervaded all of their products, in Windows, on phones, tablets and other devices. Their strategy showed that they SAID it was about mind-share and getting this ecosystem into all of their products and getting people on board with it. Yes, my "blathering" about the "future" is now and, in my opinion, webOS does that better than Android, Windows Phone or iOS. With Synergy and the elegant way it handles multi-tasking, it is much more fluid to use than any of the competition. The whole point of my original post was in response to "Just Another Point of View" and the fact that it IS a big deal if they don't bring webOS back because they had previously SAID that it was a huge deal. Given how much they touted webOS and the strategy of its integration, people are going to be upset by HP giving it half of their effort and then burying it under a rock.

Finally, I'm sorry but you're last point just doesn't make sense. First of all, we don't know whether anyone is lining up for it yet. We've heard one company (Samsung) say they won't buy it, which is likely because they have their own OS already. Second, Qualcomm is not a device manufacturer, they make chips (for pretty much every platform), so it wasn't logical to think that they'd really come out and say they wanted to buy it. Third, if companies were interested in it, I doubt they'd be coming out and proclaiming to the world that they'd want to buy/license it. Those things happen behind closed doors and usually aren't announced until they are final (unless leaked, of course). Lastly, the implied comment that webOS isn't a "gem" (which just begs the question, why are you here if you dislike webOS so much?), has no bearing. If it is true that no companies want to touch webOS with a 10-foot pole (and I'm not denying that it's a possibility), it most likely has to do with the way HP took any reputation that webOS had and burned it to the ground. The OS is fantastic, but it's image in the eye of consumers and businesses has been severely tarnished due to HP's actions, not due to the merits of webOS itself.

Wow...this is really getting too long.

Succinctly: The TouchPad "not running as fast" is a fundamental flaw in this OS that has never been fixed and may not ever be able to. It's been promised since day one, and two years, billions of dollars and countless man hours later....nada. Regardless, I don't think speed is why customers don't see it on parity with an iPad. But you can't chalk up WebOS' extended beta state due to lack of cash. Palm has never lacked for software engineers, and they had 12 months of HP money to throw at more if it needed it (it doesn't).

As for it being a big deal to HP just because they SAID it was a big dice. The list of statements SAID that didn't line up with their actions in the past 12 months alone is pretty extensive. WebOS has never been that important to the company, and it never will be. Whatever the future may be, it needs to be profitable. WebOS is a money sink.

Again, as far as how WebOS is valued in the industry, the proof is in actions, not words. Leo publicly announced they'd be open to licensing at D9 - which was one month BEFORE the Touchpad even made it to market! Nobody puts their money where their mouth is. The majority of the companies bidding on Palm when it was for sale simply wanted their IP and patents. The only ones who were interested in going full bore on a WebOS ecosystem were HP and RIM. RIM has since shown their execution might actually be worst than HP's. Lenovo (who wanted to buy them with pure stock...tee hee), Apple, and Google were all set to carve it up and soak up some of the UI and patents for their own offerings.

"So how much did HP really try, they, like, threw a couple bucks at them and said 'Make your little tablet'".

That's a quote from Josh Topolsky from the most recent Thisismynext podcast 025 (the statement starts a little after 20:32). He agrees with EXACLTY what I've been trying to say here the whole time. I have NEVER been arguing that I thought it actually was a big deal to HP. I've been arguing that HP SAID it was a big deal and so people took them at their word. Thus, when HP turned around and dumped webOS at the first sign of a problem (after already botching pretty much everything related to webOS), people have, maybe not a right (that's a strong word) but can at least be granted the expectation that they will be upset with HP for what they did to webOS.

As for the rest of what you said...honestly I don't think it even applies to my most recent response so I'll leave it at that. We'll just have to agree to disagree.

"You people don't care if she burns the company to the ground just as long as she supports Palm."


Actually, if supporting the part of HP that was trying to get into the fastest growing part of the tech market burns HP to the ground, then they were a dinosaur that needed to fossilize anyway.

However, as an American company, I'd rather see them evolve and fly. But they won't do that by plodding the same old track, as they did when they killed Voodoo.

Personally, I think they should get the Voodoo guy back to run the webOS group, and give him the reins to fly it like Steve Jobs did. THEN we'd have killer kit and OS.

Very we'll written article and pretty much my thoughts too. It would be nice if she read this article and responded. Everything I have read so far, it doesn't look like they are going to make any changes. Why change the CEO if you are not going to change anything. I know this is only day one, but those who care about HP are still in limbo. The ones that get hurt here are the employees. At least be honest with them about their jobs.

Dear Derek. Congrats on the article! Let the beer flow tonight, because tomorrow Meg will realize that she has MUCH bigger fish to fry than webOS. webOS strategy will remain the same for quite some time. They blew it and a new CEO won't change that.

Selling off PSG now is probably a good idea, personal is soon to be a fading market, the future is mobile and cloud, so sticking with enterprise is smart right now with a longer term eye on mobile and connected integration.

If Autonomy can fit in with all that, then all the better.

While I would like a total reversal, I doubt it is actually what would be best for HP now. HP has been through enough shocks, it needs someone to stop rocking the boat and start actually steering. The actual direction may be secondary.

They do need to make a final decision on the PSG and quick. And tell the market what it is. Which is probably just spinning it off under a related name like "HP Computer Products" and continue to make and support all their current products. Just stating that would calm a lot of people, basically because of how boring it would be.

It would be nice if the spun-off PSG then decided to make some WebOS hardware, but I doubt it.

Ray Lane wants to create an Oracle killer.

The most important and sad move of the day was his promotion to Executive Chairman of the Board.

Until that fossil is put out to pasture they will run the same SW playbook.

In practical terms - over pay for questionable fit assets, pile up debt and fire Whitman in 10 months.

HP is Lane's plaything and the board are his pansies.

He needs to be fired not promoted.

"Until that fossil is put out to pasture they will run the same RIM/BB Playbook." There, I fixed that for you!

Seriously, If they just change the Coach, and execute the same failed plays, they still lose the game!

Wishing Meg all the best, but she's got to reverse some of Leo's decisions, even if she and the board originally were behind those decisions. They HAVE to see the error of THEIR (not just Leo's) ways!

Could HP just bite the bullet and purchase a good mobile technology company? Say HTC.

HTC's market value is more than 3x the cash on hand HP had BEFORE the Autonomy deal. Keep in mind also that when Palm was originally for sale in 2010, HTC took a look at their books and DECLINED TO EVEN BID.

$10 billion will be wasted on Autonomy. The enormous irony is that, had HP thrown even a fraction of that (say, $2 billion) on marketing and promoting TouchPad, on "buying" developer support for webOS, on supporting a loss leader campaign to build market share and consumer interest, they could've *owned* a solid second place behind Apple in the tablet market! Even more ironically, the loss leader campaign has already been executed with the TouchPad fire sale! They've inadvertently taken the first step. Why not just continue with the strategy and win back consumers??

Hey, just a thought. What do I know? I'm only being perfectly logical...

WebOS is dead. I say have fun using it (because it's fun!) but don't expect anything else.