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Compaq UK founder Joe McNally has died

Compaq UK and Ireland founder Joe McNally has passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 69. joe_mcnally_2 Joe McNally Picture by: Eddie Boldizsar McNally set up the UK beachhead for the Houston PC titan in 1984 with just £2,000 and a load of stock that he famously personally delivered by black cab, growing it …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2012

HP: Our NonStop servers will be rock solid – even when running on x86

HP has announced that it plans to port its fault-tolerant NonStop server technology to the x86 architecture, in a move that should both reduce price tags in the NonStop product line and help HP further distance itself from Intel's all-but-stagnant Itanium platform. HP is by far the world's leading Itanium vendor, accounting for …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013
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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

Digital Compaq HP has announced the end of support for various flavours of OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT. OpenVMS started out as VAX/VMS on Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX minicomputers, then later was ported to DEC's fast Alpha RISC chips – before the …
Liam Proven, 10 Jun 2013
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Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

One of Silicon Valley's most venerable venture capitalists has provoked a storm by saying protests against private buses for hi-tech workers in the Bay Area, and the "demonization of the rich" by some, has parallels with the German Kristallnacht pogrom. "This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jan 2014
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Compaq returns to Germany - as brand for bottom-feeders

From January, HP is to start selling Compaq PCs in Germany again - because it needs a downmarket brand to help it better compete with the local market leader Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC). Compaq, you will recall, always charged more than its competitors, but it was not particularly strong in Germany, where the brand …
Drew Cullen, 21 Dec 2007
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Ex-HP VP predicts PC arm sell-off and life as IBM's number 2

Canalys’s APAC channels conference in Bangkok last week was jam-packed with senior execs, from HP’s Meg Whitman to top dogs from EMC, Cisco and Microsoft and their counterparts in major distributors and resellers. But flying in under radar was one veteran exec simply listed as a “distinguished guest”. In a 33-year career, Bernd …
Joe Fay, 06 Nov 2013
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Cray taps Microsoft parallel guru as CTO

Supercomputer maker Cray has been looking around for a new CTO since last August, and has now decided that the best candidate for the job was right there at the company, and has chosen William Blake for the role. No, not the English poet and painter, but the former general manager of the Parallel Computing Group at Microsoft, …
The history of HP server innovation according to Enterprise Group GM Dave Donatelli

HP taps software hot-shot to run enterprise hardware

Hewlett-Packard has had IBM envy for years now, and CEO Meg Whitman is following in the footsteps of Big Blue once again by putting a seasoned software executive in charge of hardware. Concurrent with the announcement of its financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2013, HP announced that Dave Donatelli, who came to …

Insight CEO: Everything that's cloudy is GOLD

A "sickness" at the core of the IT channel - an over reliance on back-end-loaded vendor rebates - threatens to render many tech suppliers irrelevant. But there is a cure, it is fluffy, white and called the cloud. Or so says Wolfgang Ebermann, the EMEA president at Insight, who after 23 years at Microsoft in various senior roles …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2014
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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

Linus Torvalds has announced the Linux kernel no longer supports Intel's 80386 processors. Reg readers will doubtless recall that the 386 debuted way back in 1985 and made something of a splash when the chip found its way into PCs made by Compaq before an IBM PC bearing the processor reached the market. 386s screamed along, by …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2012
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Ingram Micro in talks to acquire SDG, say sources

Ingram Micro is locked in talks with Sir Peter Rigby over the acquisition of his Midlands-based outfit Specialist Distribution Group (SDG), sources have told The Channel. People familiar with the negotiations say a deal is edging closer which would bulk out Ingram's mid-market infrastructure operation. SDG is an EMEA-wide …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2012

HP pulls its Kock out of Germany, slides him into European PCs

Eric Cador - the boss of HP's PC and printer biz in Europe, the Middle East and Africa - is hanging up his boots after 28 years service. The senior veep will be replaced by fellow Hewlett-Packard exec Herbert Kock, insiders told The Channel. Cador joined the US tech monster in 1985 as a product manager for the Personal Systems …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013
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RIP Bill Lowe: Father of the IBM PC no longer reading drive C

William (Bill) C. Lowe, the IBM manager who broke through Big Blue's corporate structure to build its first personal computer (and inadvertently made Microsoft the industry's powerhouse) has died at the age of 72 after a heart attack. Lowe joined IBM in 1962 and swiftly rose through the ranks to become lab director at the …
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2013
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Google brings in blue-chip VC firms for 'Glass Collective'

Google is hoping its Project Glass augmented-reality headsets will be the next big thing and has convinced two of the most venerable VC firms to put their money behind the venture, creating what they're calling the "Glass Collective." Glass Collective Welcome to the Collective "We've formed the Glass Collective, an investment …
Iain Thomson, 10 Apr 2013
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HP tempts Elite computer buyers with capacious Box

HP has done a deal with online storage firm Box to offer reduced cost – or free – services to buyers of the Compaq 6200 and 6005 Pro series and Compaq 8200 Elite series PCs. The deal sees 6200 and 6005 Pro Series buyers getting 10GB of free storage from Box in the first year of operation, and a reduced annual rate for those …
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2011
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Compaq UK assembles anti-direct case against Compaq US

Compaq Europe is not going direct as fast as the US but is maintaining it still has the option to so do. That follows an announcement in the US earlier this morning, as revealed here on Monday, that Compaq will go head-to-head against Gateway and Dell. Said David Petts, head of channels at Compaq UK: "It's not true we're going …
Mike Magee, 11 Nov 1998
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Microsoftie takes over HP's strategy

Bill Veghte, the former Microsoft hotshot that was brought in to run HP's small but important software business back in May 2010, has been named the company's chief strategy officer. Veghte came to HP back when Mark Hurd was still boss – that was two CEOs ago – and kept his job when Hurd was ousted and replaced by former SAP co- …

HP, Compaq user groups merge

HP and Compaq's European user groups are merging - after six months of negotiations. Blimey, that's a helluva lot longer than HP and Compaq took to agree to merge, and almost as long as HP and Compaq have taken to integrate their vast businesses. That's the trouble with talking shops: too much talking shop. The new user group …
Drew Cullen, 29 Nov 2002
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How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
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HP parts with sales director Richard Logan

HP sales director Richard Logan is exiting the organisation as the printer and PCs business units collide, say channel sources close to the vendor. The shake-up at the top of the Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) biz began some months ago with Eric Cador, EMEA head of the PC division, bagging the most senior role in the region …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jul 2012
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HP iron still haunted by ghost of Compaq

Hewlett-Packard might have been the acquirer when it merged with Compaq back in May 2002, but when it comes to server operating systems, the Compaq inclusionary philosophy usually prevails even if it does take some time to be turned into action. Like something akin to a decade in the case of Solaris. Yesterday's announcement …
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Compaq seizes bootleg components

US marshals raided the premises of a Bow, New Hampshire computer parts wholesaler, and found a thriving counterfeiting operation. They seized large quantities of counterfeit Compaq memory parts and hard drives from Hardware 4 Less, as well as well as "counterfeit Compaq labels, packing materials, warranty booklets, and software …
Drew Cullen, 14 Feb 2002
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Revolving door hits Compaq server manager

The brain drain from Compaq UK is continuing. Graham Stewart, who replaced Hugh Jenkins as the server product manager at Compaq UK is leaving to join Hewlett Packard. In the past few months, a number of senior executives have left Compaq UK as part of the world wide restructuring caused by the merger of Compaq, Digital and …
Team Register, 20 Jan 1999
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HP teases with smartbook spec

HP's first Android-based netbook, the Compaq AirLife 100, is now confirmed to use an Arm chip, the manufacturer's website reveals.. The AirLife 100, which was announced at the Mobile World Congress show two months ago, incorporates a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor - the QSD8250 - plus 512MB of memory, 512MB of Flash Rom and …
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2010
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Dell's server, net bizzes do well, but PCs slammed as expected

If Michael Dell and his partners had hoped to turn in a bad quarter to help justify the relatively low price the Dell & Friends consortium wants to pay to take the IT giant private, Dell's sales force in the enterprise server, networking, and services units did not do their part to help. The PC business did – but not as much as …

Praise for slick six's entries in dirty snaps compo

On 14 April we had old computer buffs salivating over our dirty snaps puzzle, and now we can celebrate the top six Reg readers who sent in their answers to the puzzle. pic_puzller Picture 1 is of a logic element from a first-generation IBM mainframe, the 700 series which used vacuum tubes. The later 7000 series used …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2012
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HP cuts 27,000 workers

As rumored last week, IT giant Hewlett-Packard is slashing its employee count worldwide to squeeze more profits from its revenue stream. The job cuts are not as deep as some had been expecting, but are still going to be tough on the company. In a statement put out ahead of its conference call with Wall Street analysts, HP said …
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More naysayers pour cold water on Dell LBO

Dell, the company, might want to be more like IBM, but this leveraged buyout takeover bid that Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have put together is starting to smell more like the Hewlett-Packard acquisition of beleaguered Compaq more than a decade ago. Southeastern Asset Management, which owns an 8.4 per cent stake in …

Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

History, it is said, doesn't repeat itself – there are merely echoes through time. Listening to Microsoft's $7.1bn purchase of Nokia's phone and services, you'd have certainly heard an echo – the distant grinding noise of two colliding garbage trucks reverberating down the years. The phrase "the sound of two garbage trucks …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Sep 2013
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Compaq FAQ explains the ‘Any Key’

For anyone out there that doubts the full integration of HP and Compaq's Web sites, we offer up FAQ2859 as evidence that the companies paid extreme attention to detail. Compaq FAQ2859 answers a question often posed by technology-challenged users and hated by admins. "Where do I find the 'Any' key?" "The term 'any key' does not …
Ashlee Vance, 25 Sep 2003
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Compaq to announce re-org Tuesday next

Troubled hardware giant Compaq is to hold a press conference Tuesday next spelling out how it will re-organise its enterprise division. There has been conflict between Digital and Compaq sales teams, which we reported earlier this year. The press conference will be hosted by Enrico Pesatori, a senior VP at the rejigged Compaq, …
Mike Magee, 12 Aug 1999
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Compaq to endorse Monterey

Later on today, Compaq will announce that it has endorsed Project Monterey's high volume shrink Unix for IA-64. At the same time, Compaq is expected to say that it will provide IBM middleware on its Unix systems. The move could be seen as something of a climbdown for Compaq with Tru64. Compaq will offer Big Blue middleware on …
Mike Magee, 07 Apr 1999
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Starbucks invites Compaq in for coffee

Compaq has signed a $100 million, five-year deal to give Starbucks customers high-speed, wireless Internet access with their latte. Starting this summer customers will be able to connect via their own wireless-enabled devices, through a local network picked up over the airwaves in each store. They will also be able to log on …
Linda Harrison, 01 May 2001
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Compaq preps iPaq with integrated wireless

Compaq is preparing a version of its iPaq PDA will built-in wireless networking, one the company's contract manufacturers has let slip. South Korea's LG Electronics said this week it had received an order from Compaq to build iPaqs for shipment mid-2002, DigiTimes reports. LG wouldn't say how many iPaqs it has been contracted …
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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Compaq recalls fiery laptop adapters

Compaq has issued a recall and replace notice for 1.4m faulty laptop AC power adapters, after five caught fire. No-one was hurt, but it would not do for Compaq to torch its customers. (Very bad for business and for legal costs as anyone who remembers the exploding Ford Pinto will know.) Compaq says it is making the worldwide …
Drew Cullen, 05 Oct 2001
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Compaq UK loses David Petts

David Petts is leaving Compaq UK for the PC vendor's head office in Houston. Petts, previously director of Compaq PC business unit in the UK, is moving to the US in three to four weeks. He has taken up the position of VP of marketing at Compaq CPCG (commercial personal computing group), according to Compaq. He will report to …
Linda Harrison, 09 Aug 1999
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DiData queers Compaq Proxicom pitch

Dimension Data has launched an audacious bid to steal US net services company Proxicom from Compaq. The Anglo-South African networking reseller is offering $7.50 a share for Proxicom, outbidding an agreed offer made by Compaq last week by 30 per cent. Dimension Data is the biggest networking equipment reseller in Europe. In …
Drew Cullen, 08 May 2001
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Cabletron gets equity backing from Compaq

Compaq and Cabletron are to work on a joint initiative which sees Compaq make an equity investment in its new partner. The two will work to reposition Cabletron's Spectrum network management business. The deal follows Compaq's buyout of Digital last year. Digital's networking division had been bought by Cabletron. Through the …
Linda Harrison, 22 Sep 1999
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Avnet veep resigns following Compaq fraud suit

A senior executive at Avnet Computer Marketing resigned last Friday amid allegations that the company used counterfeit components in Compaq PCs. The resignation of Bob Nail, supply-chain management vice president at Avnet, has been accepted by the company's president, Rick Hamada. Nail had worked at Phoenix, Arizona based Avnet …
John Leyden, 29 May 2003
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China turns to no-name handsets: Android - without the Google-iness

There could be trouble on the horizon for Google. Consumers in the world's biggest mobile phone market appear to be shunning big-name Android handsets for no-name Androids - with Google stripped out. That's the trend identified by Enders analyst Ben Evans in a must-read blog post here. The dataset is mobile traffic to Baidu over …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2013
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Compaq admits Inventec makes its notebooks

Compaq has admitted that it does not build its own notebooks, following Saturday's armed robbery of £1 million of kit in Cheshire. The PC giant came clean last night, telling The Register that the notebook base parts that were stolen in transit were actually the property of Taiwanese OEM Inventec. Last month, The Register …
Linda Harrison, 15 May 2000
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Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year

Surely no normal person would ever want to spend an hour and a half, let alone a whole weekend, in the company of beardy-weirdy 1970s computer nerds as they challenge their chess programs to beat all comers – and maybe, one day, even a human too? Director Andrew Bujalski must be rather keen to do so, because it’s the subject of …
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2013
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Barrage of legal actions hit Compaq

Shareholders and others do not seem particularly happy with Compaq’s performance and are taking legal action against the hardware giant. In the last two weeks, a total of six actions have been filed against Compaq. The latest set includes the Virgo Family Trust versus Compaq (securities action), and Robert Honmhyr (class action …
Mike Magee, 11 Apr 1999
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Compaq to get out of networking

A US report has suggested that Compaq is set to withdraw from the networking market. If true, that is likely to be a very costly mistake. Yesterday we reported that Compaq was quietly axing different Alpha units over the Christmas period. (Story: Compaq no Father Christmas as Alpha layoffs rise) According to the report, in the …
Mike Magee, 23 Dec 1998
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Compaq slashes Alpha server prices

Compaq is slashing prices on its existing range of Alpha servers in the run-up to its launch of workstations and servers. Sources said the price cuts amounted to as much as a third. No-one from Compaq was available for comment. ®
A staffer, 18 Jan 1999
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C&W wins $75 mill Compaq deal

Compaq will supply telco Cable & Wireless with its desktop PCs and notebooks for the next three years, it said today. The deal is worldwide across 53 countries and worth $25 million a year, Compaq claimed. However, Compaq will have to give C&W "best pricing" and guaranteed support, which corporate dealer International Computer …
Mike Magee, 24 Jun 1999
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Compaq wins $75 mill C&W deal

Compaq will supply telco Cable & Wireless with its desktop PCs and notebooks for the next three years, it said today. The deal is worldwide across 53 countries and worth $25 million a year, Compaq claimed. However, Compaq will have to give C&W "best pricing" and guaranteed support, which corporate dealer International Computer …
Mike Magee, 24 Jun 1999
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Compaq spins off PAIX

Compaq has started spinning off its acquired companies barely ten minutes in IT terms after it bought them. The latest to go is Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX), which Compaq has sold to AboveNet for a cool $75 million, most of which is cash. AboveNet will provide "certain services" to its ex owner. ®
Mike Magee, 24 May 1999
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Compaq apologises for Presario freezes

A problem that causes a number of Presario 5800/5900 systems to lock up has forced Compaq to apologise to its customers. According to the firm, Compaq found that "a limited number of computers shipped to the field" experienced random lockups or low system resources. This is a software issue, Compaq confirmed. The company …
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2000
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HP hammered in servers, storage, and PCs in fiscal Q3

Remember a long time ago, how Compaq put the squeeze on its supply chain, dropped the boom on PC prices, and essentially made it impossible for IBM, the former market leader, to stay in the PC business? Well, Dell and other competitors in the PC, server, and storage rackets are trying to do the same thing to HP now, and its …