|Re: OT: The uCalc is born|
Message #16 Posted by DaveJ on 7 Jan 2010, 3:11 a.m.,
in response to message #13 by Patrick Rendulic
When a single person can produce such an interesting pre-prototype in such a short type, then why can't HP produce "the dream calculator"?
Well, for starters there is no such thing as a single "dream calculator", everyone has (often vastly) different dreams.
Second problem is that HP (like most companies) are marketing driven, they will only produce products that they think have the best chance of making them the largest financial return. That is not always the "best" possible product, in fact a lot of the time it's simply figment of some marketing or management fools imagination!
The 35S, and recent open platform calcs show HP still actually people with a clue who at least make some of the decisions, it's encouraging.
Thirdly, they are big, and design by committee doesn't work well at all. I can turn around a product from concept to pre-production in weeks, but it takes a big company like HP weeks just to do the paper work and have the meetings just to get to the planing stage.
If you've worked in a big engineering company you'll know that Dilbert is REAL!