[OT] Can someone help me acquire a HP TouchPad?

Chipp Walters chipp at chipp.com
Wed Aug 24 15:57:07 EDT 2011


Hi Andre,

Reminds me of a few other failed hardware/software ventures, which you were
way too young, or not even born to remember...

There was Philips CD-I, which by all accounts was a superb platform but they
killed it because they wanted over $10K for a developer license so-- no
developers signed up.

Followed by Trip Hawkins (founder of EA) 3DO multimedia/gaming platform for
the rest of us. Way WAY too much hype and took forever to deliver. Pretty
much stillborn when finally delivered...

And of course who can forget the promise of Apple and IBM teaming up to form
Kaleida (and Taligent) in the early 90's. Marc Canter's (the founder and CEO
of Macromind) wife, Devorah,  spent a lot of time recruiting companies for
this all-in-one multimedia platform/software development suite, which some
say included PIPPIN (Apple's then rumored set top).

Most of the smart companies, including our own Human Code, decided to let
others try first-- which turned out to be wise as none of these ever made
it.

On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM, Andre Garzia <andre at andregarzia.com> wrote:

> Chipp,
>
> They priced the TouchPad to high and released it with a poor version of
> WebOS. Had they released it with a better pricing and WebOS 3.0.2, things
> would be better... Also killing it after 48 days is a bit too much.
> Meanwhile they tricked all of us, loyal palm developers. They promissed
> things. We went and purchased equipment for development purposes while they
> shouted about the big things we would build together. That was mere days
> before shutting down. Thats not how you treat your developers.
>
> I am a LiveCode developer, I use LiveCode every single day and yet, I
> choose
> WebOS as my mobile OS because I saw in it a potential and usability far
> beyond iOS (thats easy) and Android. Heck, Ares alone is worth WebOS
> investment. What killed the TouchPad and WebOS was poor executive
> decisions,
> not technology...
>
> On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM, Chipp Walters <chipp at altuit.com> wrote:
>
> > They killed it because it just wasn't moving-- even a little bit. Sales
> > were so bad HP decided it wasn't worth pouring more marketing and R&D
> > dollars into a commodity product market.
> >
> > Most of the $99 and $149 models were snatched up immediately-- with folks
> > expecting to convert them to Android.
> >
> > It will be interesting to see if Microsoft or Google or other large
> company
> > purchases the WebOS IP. Word is, it's a valuable war chest of patents.
> > Supposedly, the team is also still intact, for now...
> >
> > Chipp Walters
> > CEO Shafer Walters Group, Inc
> >
> > On Aug 23, 2011, at 7:44 PM, Mike Felker <admin at mfelkerco.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Sold out here in 3 hours.  I wonder why they killed it and felt they
> > needed a firesale?
> > >
> > > Mike
> > >
> > > Andre Garzia <andre at andregarzia.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >> Hello Folks,
> > >>
> > >> As some people know, WebOS is my favorite mobile OS and now HP just
> > killed
> > >> it. Now, to get rid of the inventory, HP is selling the HP TouchPad
> for
> > USD
> > >> 99 in a firesale on selected stores such as best buy. Unfortunately I
> am
> > in
> > >> Brazil and we don't have best buys here (or anything similar). So if
> > someone
> > >> here would like to help me, I would send by PayPal the money needed to
> > buy
> > >> the HP TouchPad plus the shipping cost to Brazil. WebOS is a wonderful
> > >> mobile OS and now without the prospect of newer devices, this is the
> > last
> > >> chance to get it.
> > >>
> > >> cheers
> > >> andre
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
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