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Happy Birthday, Mr. David Packard of HP

The late David Packard, founder with William Hewlett of the Hewlett Packard Company, was born on September 7, 1912.

Though we may focus on HP's printers, computers and celebrity driven "The Computer Is Personal Again" ad campaign, HP's first product was a resistance-capacitance audio oscillator based on a design developed by Hewlett when he was in graduate school.

Wired Magazine acknowledges HP as the producer of the world's first personal computer, in 1968, the Hewlett-Packard 9100A. HP called it a desktop calculator because, as David's brother Bill Hewlett said: "If we had called it a computer, it would have been rejected by our customers' computer gurus because it didn't look like an IBM. We therefore decided to call it a calculator, and all such nonsense disappeared." That my friends, was your history lesson for the day.

Photo courtesy of HP.

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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i think he's passed away now, c0rkie! :(
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
I love my HP products! :love:
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
I love my HP products! :love:
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
does he still have control over his company?
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
when was HP founded? around 1968 I guess?! i like a few of their products - printers mainly, i guess, but recently i've switched to Samsung for my laser printer.
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