I feel that the main paradox with webOS is that many people like it a lot for the design and want to see its potential unleashed.
Yet users don’t end up voting for webOS with their wallets, and developers don’t make webOS apps, because many questioned whether it could be a sustainable mobile platform to invest in. Another reason is that the hardware running webOS has always been a bit of a let-down. Superior software coupled with inferior hardware.
HP is now leaving consumer computing altogether, and looks to be going the IBM route with its acquisition of Autonomy in an effort to improve profit margins. Here’s the market reaction today, and the impact on the bottom line. Leo Apothecar is clearly making decisions based on his background in enterprise software. It seems like an unnatural move for HP with questionable timing (the TouchPad has only been out for six weeks).
I think HP made a terrible mistake to bring him on as CEO.
*On a side note, I wonder if Steve Jobs feels a little saddened to see HP’s lack of vision and commitment nowadays to make great products. Yes, HP
is was a major competitor, but mostly in the PC industry, where it made very slim margins. Jobs’ first summer job was at Hewlett-Packard, where he met Steve Wozniak, so it’s more of a personal sting to witness the once-iconic company giving up on post-PC devices and personal computers altogether.
Inspiring trilogy directed by Rick Mereki. MOVE makes me want to get up, grab my passport and explore the world out there.
Also: some interesting discussion about the films on Reddit.