IBM Selling its Computer Business :crying:

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  1. col_panic

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    this sucks. no more thinkpads :wtc:
     
  2. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    saw that today :(
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Damn. That sucks for all you business travelers used to getting your thinkpads fixed no matter where you are in the world. As for their desktops, I'm surprised they didn't just stop making them years ago since it seems like no one buys them, at least not consumers.
     
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    But But Thinkpads are well, they're Thinkpads. My friend has one from the early 90's that is still running.

    What are geeks going to aspire to for a mobile computer now?
     
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    IBHPbuysitandruinsit
     
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  7. YelloWRX

    YelloWRX Sonic Yellow...Bitch!

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    It makes business sense for the company - IBM just could never seem to figure out how to make money at "high volume easily configured" business. Over the course of the 23 years IBM has been in the PC business, I believe in aggregate the business has just about broken even, maybe a little in the red.

    That said, I really don't know what alternative there is to ThinkPads. I've used every brand mobile out there and NOTHING comes close to a Tseries ThinkPad.

    This is a SAD day for mobile computing enthusiasts.

    Can anyone recommend an alternative to a ThinkPad? Anything with the solid feel of the keyboard, the sleek chassis design, ect...? Oh, and does anyone use anything like the trackpoint IBM's had? I HATE touchpads.
     
  8. Yep

    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    Welp I guess that means my company won't be putting an order in for about 1000 new desktops from them. Upgrading to new DELL POS's I'm guessing.

    At least they'll have DVD ROM drives and USB 2.0 to make my life a little easier.
     
  9. deezil

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    I'm stealing yours now, it sounds better. Seriously, if M$ were to snatch this up, there is NO TELLING what would happen to the computing industry.
     
  10. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I dunno, it's not like they'd be buying all of IBM or anything. If MS wanted to enter the PC market I think they'd just do it, they don't really need to purchase that part of IBM to do it :dunno:

    Now, if they bought all of IBM, we'd be in trouble.
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    i agree. the only brand of laptop i have found acceptable other than ibm was toshiba. hopefully they will buy out the business and employ some of the same designs in their own lines.

    dell has a decent laptop in the d600 - i generally hate their mobile hardware, but this one is pretty nice. i might even give up my T22 for it (but not anytime soon) :hs:
     
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    despite all my issues with microsoft, when then back hardware, it is worth buying. i doubt they would enter the PC market due to support costs - they know the cost of supporting the product is too high
     
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    a family member of mine works for ibm. obviously they force him to use ibm hardware. I must say that his thinkpad is a worthless POS. He's been through two, and they don't last a year.
     
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    Balzz N54 Elitist OT Supporter

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    :wtc:

    I've loved every Thinkpad I've used.
     
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    jedimasterELMO Beer, boards, and Android

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    yayyyyyyy :big grin:

    <--------- HP employee

    But I highly doubt we will be buying this business like someone stated earlier.

    Is it bad that I wont touch an HP computer?
     
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    My boss and I were talking about this the other day. He is trying to find a couple more thinkpads to buy and stockpile...:big grin:

    I was actualy thinking about selling mine T23, but changed my mind after reading this.
     
  18. YelloWRX

    YelloWRX Sonic Yellow...Bitch!

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    I don't see how this is necessarily good news for HP as a company. If anything it will put more pressure on HP to do the same thing. Actually, I believe that HP and Cpq considered doing just this as part of the merger a few years back.
     
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    YelloWRX Sonic Yellow...Bitch!

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    PCD manufacturing was sold in 2002.

    This likely involves the PCD Brand itself.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :werd: Dell is really the only major OEM whose main business is personal computers.
     
  21. YelloWRX

    YelloWRX Sonic Yellow...Bitch!

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    PCs are a commodity at the box level. ALL value in the PC business is owned by Intel and Microsoft. Dell makes money at it because they are essentially a supply chain machine. They distribute the WinTel product.

    My prediction is that HP will split itself into three companies. 1) A PC and digital camera/comsumer electronics company, 2) a printer company and 3) a server and consulting services company (the latter perhaps would include a merger with say CGEY or the like).
     

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