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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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The HP Way and the Xerox Worm

One of the things [Hewlett-Packard] learned is that closed architectures aren’t going to work, that you really have to depend on third-party suppliers.

–Nelson Mills, project manager, Hewlett-Packard

Osborne was among the last pioneers to open new territory before civilization arrived. After the Osborne 1 appeared in 1981, the big companies really did begin to enter and transform the market. Soon IBM, DEC, NEC, Xerox, AT&T, and even Exxon and Montgomery Ward were thinking about producing a personal computer. Some companies, like Hewlett-Packard, had started much earlier, though.

Project Capricorn

Hewlett-Packard hadn’t rejected Steve Wozniak’s Apple I design because it didn’t believe in the idea of a personal ...

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