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As Julianne put it: “I can already predict what the inevitable apology statement will say.”
UPDATE: And 12 hours later, there it is.
Photo: Sideshow Bruce, Flikr
It was close. Sony was hacked just about every day for a month. BlackBerry suffered PlayBook tablet apathy and its longest-ever outage. Netflix’s Qwikster debacle sent its stock tumbling by more than 75% since the summer.
But my tech turkey of the year is Hewlett-Packard. Or, more specifically, HP’s board of directors.
The company’s board continued a decade of — well, incompetence is a strong word, so let’s say dysfunction — by backing its CEO Leo Apotheker’s plan to get out of the PC business. It also killed off the TouchPad tablet that had come out just a few weeks earlier after hyping it for the better part of the year.
After slashing TouchPad’s price to $99, HP sold out its stock in days. Oops! Turns out HP may have had a product people wanted after all — hang onto that thought.
A month later, HP’s board decided it had enough of Apotheker and fired him. Fair enough, HP lowered its business outlook this year more times than Netflix changed its mind on its DVD business. Of course, executing on a strategy to convert a hardware company into a software company, when software made up 2% of sales, wasn’t exactly a cake walk.
In October, HP said it was going to hang onto its PC division after all. Oops! Just kidding, PCs are actually pretty nifty machines.
It’s as if HP saw Netflix, Sony and Research In Motion and said, “Hey, good idea! Let’s do a double-reverse-course on our premiere product, anger and confuse the hell out of all of our customers and release a tablet at a price point where no one would consider buying it.”
If that’s not enough for tech turkey of the year, I’m not sure what is. -David
Google+ is a prime example of our complete failure to understand platforms from the very highest levels of executive leadership (hi Larry, Sergey, Eric, Vic, howdy howdy) down to the very lowest leaf workers (hey yo). We all don’t get it.
Though we certainly wanted to be free of all those damn red envelopes and to escape the perishing postal service, we certainly did not intend to end the human race as we know it.
— From McSweeney’s: Netflix Would Like to Apologize for the Inadvertent Apocalypse.
Julianne: I saw your Facebook status - did your iPhone alarm not go off this weekend?Charles: Yes! it didnt go off Sunday morning at 4:45 amJulianne: Yikes! Looks like iPhones were confused by the new yearCharles: Yeah...I didn't realize at the time, of course, that everyone was affectedJulianne: so why did you have an alarm set so early?Charles: I had a flight from LAX to JFK at 7am, and it takes me an hour to drive to the airportJulianne: wow..did you miss the flight?Charles: well, no...i just happened to be awake. because im a freak.Julianne: wow. it's lucky you're angsty/insomnia proneCharles: yep. i was lying in bed, awake for no reason, watching the alarm clock roll from 4:43 to 4:44 to 4:45 to 4:46, and the phone didnt go offJulianne: oh my.Charles: I didnt think much of it at the time...mostly it made for a confusing 3-4 minutes as i stumbled around trying to get dressedJulianne: right.Charles: but when i read that this happened to everyone it made sense. and then i got angryJulianne: so what are you using as an alarm in the meantime?Charles: I didn't need one. I started work at 11 todayJulianne: k you officially lead a charmed life