Articles about Compaq

Prelude to Foundation: Startup FDS builds next silo-melding platform

What we need is an all-singing, all-dancing, virtualising storage foundation that is software-defined, crafted for hyper-scale, offers file, block and object access and embraces the cloud. Yeah baby! What we need is what startup Formation Data Systems is developing: Foundation XV. Co-founder and CEO Mark Lewis has blogged: I …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2015

Ex-HP boss and US prez wannabe Carly sings about her dog on TV

Former HP boss and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has tried a new tactic to reach out to the American public – singing about her pet dog on the telly. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Fiorina grabbed the mic and treated the audience to a song about her dog to the tune of Rock around the …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2015

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

Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

Former HP CEO and current presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina says Apple and Google should just hand user information over to government investigators. Speaking Thursday at the Republican party's presidential debates, Fiorina said companies should be more willing to cooperate with requests from federal investigators to produce …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2015

HP channel old-timer Matthews finally leaves the building

Almost a year after Kevin Matthews left his post as HP’s UK and Ireland channel chief, he has finally quit the organisation. Sources tell us the tech industry veteran approached HP UK boss Andy Isherwood early in ’14 to look for a fresh role, after years working in the enterprise channel. As a result, HP slotted former …
Paul Kunert, 13 May 2015
Marc Benioff of Salesforce. Pic: Techcrunch

Someone is trying to buy Salesforce – but who could it be? is being eyed up for an acquisition – and has hired financial experts to guide it through the biz gobble, it's claimed. "Salesforce does not comment on rumors or speculation," the San Francisco-headquartered cloud giant told The Register this afternoon in response to whispers. There has been no formal offer for …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2015

HP UK confirms second-in-command for PC and print biz

HP trawled the international job market and its own organisation to recruit Paul Boshoff, the latest person to run channel sales for the UK PC and printer operation. The job was left vacant some months back when HP waved bye to Damian Cusick, with sources telling us he grew the business but not at the rate forecasted by task …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2015
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Dell CEO: Very few will survive the PC bloodbath

Texan Mick, founder and CEO at Dell – the PC company which took his surname – reckons in five to seven years it will be game over for most of the stragglers currently selling computers. The three biggest shifters of such tin – Lenovo, HP and Dell – already account for more than 50 per cent of shipments globally, but that will …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015

HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with snatch

Carly Fiorina, once the boss of HP and today a US Presidential candidate, just learned the hard way that you can never be too thorough when it comes to hoarding domains, particularly when you're planning to run for public office. An unknown wag was able to snap up the domain and use it to host a rather …
Shaun Nichols, 05 May 2015
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Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'

Carly Fiorina – the former HP chief executive who presided over the firm's $24.2bn merger with Compaq – is mulling a run for the US presidency in 2016, Washington insiders claim. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Fiorina has been recruiting campaign staffers and holding private meetings with potential donors, and …
Neil McAllister, 26 Nov 2014

Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

HP has recalled more than six million power leads after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned the kit was starting fires. HP AC power cord recall Melty cords a danger to HP users "HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014
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We need the power of corporates, says OpenStack exec

The OpenStack Foundation’s executive director has defended the community project’s growing corporatisation following criticism from a former colleague and lead pioneer. Jonathan Bryce told The Reg big companies are critical to the success of OpenStack as they bring vital resources lacking at startups and among individuals. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2015
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A brief history of BLADE SERVERS: From the Big Bang to the, er, 'unblade'

Nowadays we take blade servers for granted, but a lot of moving parts had to come together for us to get where we are today. Tracing their history can help us make better judgments about how the technologies of tomorrow will evolve. The development of VMEbus architecture in about 1981 was perhaps the beginning of technological …
Trevor Pott, 04 Dec 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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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

There’s something in the water at Hewlett-Packard. No, I’m not referring to the "HP Way", that pseudo-Victorian philanthropic work creed. It’s the propensity for those running this tech giant to make really big bets — multi-billion-dollar rolls of the dice have become standard operating procedure. Three of HP’s most recent …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2014

Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

Legacy IT is toxic. Virtualisation is the default choice for new data centre deployments, but for existing and legacy workloads, justifying hardware refreshes is often difficult. Shedding light on the often poorly-accounted-for costs hiding in your data centre can provide sufficient rationale to move your infrastructure forward …
John Nicholson, 10 Apr 2015
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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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HP's great cloud server cattle roundup with Foxconn begins

Think servers, you think Hewlett-Packard – the world’s number-one by market share. HP makes $3bn a quarter on such machines; by virtue of owning Compaq, HP claims it made the industry’s first PC server, the SystemPro in November 1989. Aside from some claims on software and cloud, HP’s history is as original equipment maker (OEM …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2015

HP crowns networking boss Ansell as king of enterprise channel

After five years sat on HP's enterprise channel throne, Kevin Matthews is heading to an as yet unconfirmed role in the company with networking boss John Ansell to be crowned the new UK king. Talk in the industry about the role shifting emerged late last week and was today confirmed to El Chan by HP UK and Ireland managing …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014

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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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

In late June of 1995, Australia's top PC manufacturer Osborne went into voluntary administration, caused in part by tactics that made Microsoft the titan it is today – and shaped our industry in nasty ways. Osborne Australia started life as the local distributor of the famed Osborne One CP/M luggable made by US company Osborne …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2015

Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry's bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle

Oracle-Sun anniversary Feeling calm and relaxed? Join the Reg on a journey to an alternate reality where Oracle’s cloud business is the envy of all of its competitors. It holds two trillion objects and is growing faster now than at any time in its history. What began as something for developers is becoming an enterprise IT staple – a platform for …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015

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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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

Surviving Hurricane Katrina: A sysadmin's epic DR (as in Didn't Realise) odyssey

On-Call Jim Thompson got in touch with The Register about the mother of all On-Call stories, recalling the time he received a message asking him to come back to New Orleans because a storm called “Hurricane Katrina” was on its way and looked bad. It's nearly 10 years since Katrina raged, so Jim kindly retrieved his jottings on the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2015
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jenkins departs Compaq for HP

Hugh Jenkins,Compaq UK enterprise manager, has left the company, after 10 years service, for a new job at Hewlett-Packard. His former boss, enterprise director James Stevenson, is holding the fort,until the company finds a replacement. “We regret Hugh’s departure,’a Compaq representative said. “During his time here, he helped us …
Drew Cullen, 18 Sep 1998
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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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Will Compaq change direction on Alpha?

The departure of Eckhard Pfeiffer as CEO of Compaq two weeks ago could spell a sea change in the company's chip strategy. Pfeiffer, a long-time fan of Alpha technology, promoted the platform vigorously during his reign at Compaq. But strife between two networking divisions -- one from the old Digital guard and the other from the …
Mike Magee, 04 May 1999
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Compaq strikes $7 billion Taiwan supply deal

The Taiwanese press is reporting that Compaq has signed a deal with 16 local companies to supply it with components and other PC parts. Earlier this month, Compaq tightened the screw on its Taiwanese suppliers by asking them to drop their prices by 15 per cent. The Compaq suppliers include Acer Semi, First International Computer …
Mike Magee, 22 Jul 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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IBM-Compaq in Alpha copper fever talks

IBM is close to striking a deal with Compaq to make copper Alphas. We predicted that last February, but yesterday US magazine CRN got confirmation from an IBM group VP of worldwide marketing. He said that IBM and Compaq had been in discussion for some time over the move. Both Compaq and API say they will produce copper Alpha …
Mike Magee, 07 Jul 1999
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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, 24 Aug 1999
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Compaq boots 64-bit NT on AlphaServer

Highly reliable sources said that Compaq has successfully booted 64-bit Windows NT on the forthcoming Compaq AlphaServer DS20. The work was done by the handful of Compaq developers on the "Sundown" 64-bit NT project. This development will fortify the Alpha value proposition: there is no Pentium, Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium …