The Hewlett Packard name

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If I were CEO of PC hardware builder HP Inc. I would be looking to renegotiate the terms of the split.

It’s time for the hardware company to retake the ancestral name from those pretenders at HP Enterprise.

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15 responses to “The Hewlett Packard name”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    I see HP like KFC, as a more modern name with no real connections to a past that doesn't matter to anyone anymore.

  2. hrlngrv

    It hasn't really been Hewlett-Packard since it started making PCs.

    Damn shame. When I was in college at the dawn of microcomputers, Hewlett-Packard made the best instrumentation equipment. Best oscilloscopes in electronics labs. Physics department labs used others, and they stunk in comparison. Hewlett-Packard graphical terminals (monochrome, maybe 6" x 6" and 480 x 480) were better than all but the highest end Tektronix ones.

    IMO, Agilent Technologies deserves the full names, and neither HPQ nor HPE deserve anything more than alphabet soup.

    • skane2600

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      "It hasn't really been Hewlett-Packard since it started making PCs."


      Well, let's say that it hasn't been HP since they focused exclusively on PCs. The first IBM PC compatible computer from HP was in 1985 but Agilent wasn't spun off until 1999.


      And who can forget the HP-150, HP's MS-DOS compatible touch screen computer in 1983.

      • wright_is

        In reply to skane2600:

        My first real job out of college was programming a corporate reporting system, written in MS-BASIC, on HP 125 (Z80, CP/M), HP 150 (MS-DOS, touchscreen, not IBM compatible) and HP Vectra (MS-DOS, barely IBM compatible). The 150 I had even had the built-in thermal printer in the top of the monitor. But the touch never really worked reliably on the ones we had. And, of course, it was all connected to an HP 3000.

        And the prices! They made original IBM kit look cheap!

        I can remember a 386 Vectra, with 20MB HDD cost around 4,000UKP by the time you had added a keyboard, mouse and monochrome display. (1988/1989)

        The system had been written by Fortran programmers and maintained by COBOL programmers, none of whom, it seemed, had ever heard of BASIC, let alone read the programming manual. No For...Next or While...Wend loops, just:

        20 LET A = 1

        30 <do something>

        40 LET A = A + 1:IF A < 50 GO TO 30

        I can still remember the last day of a project in Ilford, the client took us out to lunch, "forced" 3 pints of bitter down my throat and my boss had a 2 hour meeting with the client manager, before we drove back home (I was the passenger) . To fill in the time waiting, I wrote a quick-and-dirty version of Breakout to keep me amused, sitting in my small corner of the office on the HP 125.

  3. Rycott

    Hewlett-Packard is wordy. I much prefer HP.


    It also means they have a nice compact logo for their devices.

  4. minke

    In the past people who created companies took great pride in their accomplishments and wanted the company to be a reflection of their values, etc. They stood behind their brand, so they used their own names. Today, every start-up is already scheming how they will build it up for a few years then sell it off so they can move on to the next get-rich-quick scheme. You often see this reflected in the company values too. Also, with this build-it and dump-it quick mentality you don't want your name attached to the inevitable failures.

  5. waethorn

    Hewlett-Packard existed at a time with Packard-Bell (no relation).


    Neither company exists anymore.


    Acer runs Packard-Bell as a defunct division servicing EMEA, like they did with Gateway, and the new HP is HP Inc and HPE.


    HP is not Hewlett-Packard, much like ZDnet has nothing to do with Ziff-Davis.

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