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goodbye, webOS

Thursday,  08/18/11  10:12 PM

HP's original garageKinda hard to avoid today's big tech news, HP are selling their PC business and sunsetting webOS, including their Pre phones and TouchPad tablets.  Wow.  Didn't see that coming - at least, not yet.  The theory seems to be that tablets are taking a big chunk out of the PC market, and HP couldn't compete, so they're getting out.  Aka, they're giving up on becoming Apple, and want to become IBM.  Wow.

MG Siegler was also surprised, and thinks Facebook should buy webOS.  Hmmm...  Nah.  His summary: HP to Apple, you win.

I loved my Pre phone, and thought webOS was great.  I will say that every webOS device seemed sluggish - even the newest ones - so perhaps there was an underlying performance issue which HP couldn't get past...  performance matters, one of the reasons the iPhone and iPad are so successful.  Neither Palm nor HP were able to get much developer enthusiasm going for building webOS Apps, so that was a problem too; we are living in a world where IOS is Coke and Android is Pepsi, and everything else is ... something else.  Sorry RIM.  Sorry Windows Phone.  And ... sorry webOS.

HP TouchPad 1.5MHz 64MB ... and now ... gone!There are a kazillion articles and blog posts and everything out there, reporting is mixed with editorializing and speculation, have fun sorting it all out.  I found it ironic that early in the day Wired featured the birth of HP today (Aug 18, 1947), Engaget posted about a new 64GB TouchPad, and PreCentral was excited about a new TouchPad with 1.5MHz processor.

John Gruber's takeaway was The Tablet Effect; we are living in a post PC world now, and HP doesn't want to be the leader in a dying market.  Huh.

So be it!  Onward... at least as a developer there is one less platform to worry about.  As Joe Hewitt Tweeted: "my hard work ignoring webOS has finally paid off".


Thursday,  08/18/11  10:30 PM

Day four of my focused training for the 508 race; did a nice 60 mile ride this morning with friends, I'm getting into the groove.  Eating, riding, working out, sleeping (!), staying focused.  And having fun :)  Cool.

If you haven't Liked Rocky the Squirrel on Facebook yet, please do :)

Occipital's 360 Panorama iPhone AppThis looks way cool: Occipital's Panorama 360 iPhone App.  Will try it.  BTW this is a great video, crisp and gets right into it, and totally explains why you want to do what they want you to do.

Is Groupon a financial train wreck waiting to happen?  Yes.

I have to say, while there is undoubtedly a tech bubble brewing (among investors, rather than consumers), a lot of today's high flyers are "real"; they have revenue and profits.  Groupon is, in which people buy dollars for 75 cents.  Yeah you get a lot of revenue that way.

Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell on the triviality of politicsLove this from Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, on the triviality of politics...

Did you know?  The next ISS mission will be launched by SpaceX on November 30.  No more shuttles.  Yay.

Outfitting the next Mars Rover

Meanwhile: Outfitting the next Mars Rover.  Excellent.

I continue to be amazed that any time I read an article about something I know about, it's wrong.  Not just slightly off, but incredibly incorrect.  Which makes you realize that first order, everything you read is wrong.  That could include this post :)



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