|HP Management Idiots Make *Another* Bad Decision...|
Message #1 Posted by Wayne Brown on 11 June 2003, 2:59 p.m.
Jean-Yves Avenard is one of the principal authors of MetaKernel for the HP48GX and the operating system of the HP49G. While he worked for HP's ACO division he helped supply the official updates to the flash ROM that were available from HP's web site. Since HP closed down ACO (which means JYA lost his job) and stopped releasing upgrades for the 49G, JYA has been providing FREE support for the 49G, including ROM upgrades, from his personal web site. He posted this article today in comp.sys.hp48:
For the past few weeks I've received several inquiries for why my web site
was not accessible anymore.
Well believe it or not my university closed my account due to copyright
infringements after they received a request from HP to close my web site
(they didn't like that I used their logo and distribute the 1.19-5 ROM).
Thank you very much HP for closing what I believe is a very useful source of
information for your own customers...
It's clear that HP management is not only malicious, but stupid as well. This sort of thing is only going to cost them more sales. I, for one, will not buy anything HP has to offer. I don't care if they finally release that "dream calculator" we've all been waiting for. No matter how good their promised new calculators are, I will not buy them and I will encourage everyone I know to avoid buying them (or any other HP product).
If even I, who don't especially *like* the 49G, feel this strongly about the matter, imagine how the fans of the 49G will feel about this betrayal...