Metroactive.com, the little San Jose rag laying around in fast-food joints and coffee shops, this week has Robt. X. Cringely's SV411.com column headed "Losing the HP Way." As usual, Cringely doesn't pull punches. He cites the Agilent spinoff in 1999 under Lew Platt as follows: "While this made sense at the time, and even today, there were unintended consequences of that spinoff -- the loss of HP's corporate soul.... Lew Platt blew it in my view."
Cringely mentions the 10% time for employees working on their own ideas as an early HP idea, rather than Google who now gets credit for 'inventing it'. Robt even says (correctly) that if you needed lab stock for your 'wild-ass idea' or anything else needed to do the job, say a magnetron or a barrel of acetone, it could be taken without question on Friday afternoons.
The cruelest irony he notes is that Apple will now be building its new spaceship intergalactic headquarters atop what used to be one of HP's most important labs. He's right. Might be right in his final sentence too -- "HP may have no route back to greatness."
Compared to today's idiotic articles quoting asinine pundits in the analyst world who think it fine to speculate that Oracle will buy a beaten-down HP to give Hurd satisfaction for burying Leo, Cringely does a straight-forward sobering analysis. HPites everywhere (the old kind) are saddened beyond words.