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  • After drama, HP to keep its PC business after all

    Hewlett-Packard isn't going out of the PC business after all. Today, CEO Meg Whitman announced the company would continue to make and sell PCs, <a href="">reversing a decision </a>made by her predecessor Léo Apotheker in August -- a decision that riled investors and employees and<a href=""> led to his ouster</a> in late September. Since the August announcement, <a href="">HP's future has been repeatedly questioned</a>, as has the competence of its senior management. The appointment of board member Whitman as CEO <a href="">added to the criticisms</a>.

    Written by Galen Gruman28 Oct. 11 07:51
  • Java founder Gosling leaves Google for startup

    After only a few months at Google, Java founder James Gosling has left the search engine giant to go to a small startup company specializing in ocean-based robotics.

    Written by Paul Krill31 Aug. 11 05:20
  • Steve Jobs' fierce life and legacy

    Apple co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, has resigned as CEO from Apple today, after a remarkable career. (He will continue with Apple as chairman of the board.) Jobs is that rare person who truly has transformed an industry -- several times, in fact -- and in many ways changed the daily activities of people throughout the world. He is also a controversial man, reviled by many, loved by many, admired by many, and criticized by many.

    Written by Galen Gruman25 Aug. 11 09:14
  • A consultant responds to '7 dirty consultant tricks'

    With more than 30 years in technology consulting, I feel I can safely make a few observations about the field. The first is, alas, I'm growing old with the industry. The second is that I've had quite a lot of experience with customer/consulting relationships over the years, both good and bad, from my early days in statistical consulting to my current position in professional services management at OpenBI.

    Written by Steve Miller04 May 11 00:05
  • Users rule in smartphone picks, but IT has a big hand in tablets

    Mobile device management provider Good Technology's latest quarterly survey of the devices its thousands of customers manage through Good's tool shows clearly that users -- not companies -- select their own smartphones, a strong confirmation that the "bring your own device" (BYOD) trend is not just a temporary trend but is becoming the norm. (Good says the majority of its customers have already adopted BYOD.)

    Written by Galen Gruman22 April 11 23:06
  • McNealy: Sun could have won out over Linux

    Sun Microsystems' mishandling of Solaris on the Intel platform left an opening for Linux to&amp;nbsp;become established, when the company's Solaris OS could have won out instead, Sun co-founder and former CEO Scott McNealy said when interviewed Thursday evening by former Sun President Ed Zander at a Silicon Valley business and technology forum.

    Written by Paul Krill26 Feb. 11 00:10
  • Red Hat, Google challenge software patents

    Red Hat, Google, Dell, and several other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging "poor quality" software patents, Red Hat said on Thursday.

    Written by Paul Krill04 Feb. 11 05:31
  • How to get tough with your tech vendors

    Planning a purchase from a major IT vendor? In this still-tough economy, negotiating pros recommend being aggressive and creative, as well as analyzing your requirements first so that you don't buy more than you need and know where you can compromise.

    Written by Robert L. Scheier28 Sept. 10 01:45