Hawlett Packard (HP,) founded by William Hewlett and David Packard, is not only one of the largest IT companies in the world, but is a company with quite an interesting history. While the company is famous around the world for their gadgets, there are still a lot things that are clouded in mystery. Here is taking a look at some truly interesting and unique facts about HP!
1. The fateful coin toss
Even though Hewlett Packard is a combination of the names of the two founders, the order of the names came up as a result of a coin toss! With both the partners being undecided on the name, a coin toss was used to declare the order of the name. In the end, Hewlett won the toss, giving him the privilege of having his name in the beginning!
2. The garage that started Silicon Valley
367 Addison Alley in Palo Alto, United States, widely considered as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, marks the spot where the founders started HP. Once HP was successfully established, the founders bought the garage in the year 2000 and converted it into a museum. The garage is now listed as a Historical Landmark in California!
3. Apple would not have existed without HP
When Steve Jobs was 12 years old, he wanted to build a high frequency computer but lacked the resources. Instead of asking his parents for help, Jobs looked up Bill Hewlett, the then CEO of HP and wrote him a letter, asking him for help. Bill was so impressed, he gave Jobs a summer job. If Bill had not given Jobs that first internship, Jobs would have never pushed himself to do better every day and Apple probably would not have existed either.
4. Printer within a printer
Did you know that HP is one of the few companies in the world that prints parts of their printers with a 3D printer? Almost half of the custom plastic parts for HP Incorporated’s new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer are printed by the printer itself!
5. The first ever HP product
Before HP became the HP of today, it used to be something else. HP started off its historical presence in the world by creating audio oscillators. Why were these famous, you ask? Because Walt Disney used them excessively! Walt used audio oscillators as a way of testing and experimenting with theater production sound systems, a system which would later be included in the film Fantasia. HP’s initial involvement with producing these oscillators helped elevate the firm to their success in expanding into the personal computer and printer market we know them for today.
Hewlett Packard came a long way from being just a garage based company to being one of the most successful IT firms in the world. If you think we missed out on any HP related facts, feel free to comment and let us know!
Women And Work Life Balance
As a woman, growing comes with its pitfalls, its struggles and its unrealistic expectations. As a woman in a competitive work environment, not everyone has the option of being successful and having a comfortable home environment. If you are tired all the time, unhappy at home everyday and not growing the right way, then these tips might just help fix the every day blues.
1. Define the word balance to yourself
Whether you are a working mother or a working woman care of things at home, what does the word balance mean to you? The word balance is like clothes: it is not designed to fit everyone perfectly. Write down your priorities and think about how to spend time outside work as well. Chalk out your life outside and work, this will give your life the much needed clarity. Before you jump full throttle into two worlds at the same time, define what balance means to you and set the guidelines to your happiness.
2. Seek the balance
Let your colleagues and bosses know how serious you are about maintaining a strong work life balance. One of the major mistakes I made at the beginning of my career was to make it known that I am available all the time. I would reply to mails constantly and always stay on top of things. Not only does this ensure an early burn out, it makes your life at home miserable, to say the least. My work life balance is gone for a toss, obviously. However, if you still have the chance, then yourself now! Set a timer on your email app and make sure you do not respond as soon as you get an email. P.S., this really does help keep yourself sane.
3. Let your aspirations be known
Define both your family and career aspirations. Reflect and revisit them often. Communicate your aspirations to your organization or network, as well as your family. On a side note, if you really do want to take a break from work, make sure you understand the repercussions of how going back to work will be like.
We live in a male dominated world. There is no denying that Achilles Heel. As a woman of this generation, we want everything. We want to be at the top of the corporate ladder and be the best version of ourselves on the home front as well. If you think we missed out one any aspects which might help, then comment and let us know!
Historical Moments In Tech History
There are certain moments in life, especially in the world of technology, which make their place in history. No, these are not the disasters, but events in the world which set the ball rolling for a great future. Check out our list of great historical tech moments here!
1. The dot com boom
The evolving of an idea to a revolution with the dot com bubble in the 1990s. The dot com craze gave rise to the presence of companies like Google and Amazon. While some of the other companies crashed and burned post the dot com bubble burst, these companies survived and changed the course of the Internet. Not only did the dot com craze show us a new tech future, it showed us what would happen if technology was used the right way!
2. Sheryl Sandberg becomes the first Facebook woman COO
After breaking multiple barriers, Sheryl Sandberg became the first woman COO of Facebook in the year 2006! Not only is she one of the first woman on the board in Facebook’s history, she also set in place several groups within and outside Facebook to empower women all over the world!
3. The first mouse
The first mouse was invented way back in the year 1941, however the first mouse was publicly announced only in the year 1968. In 2003, a former Bristol professor named Ralph Benjamin claimed he was the original creator of a mouse-like device. Secretly patented in 1946 by the British Royal Navy, the ‘ball tracker’ was a metallic ball that would roll between wheels to send coordinates to a radar system, however, it wasn’t public knowledge until decades later.
4. The first mail is received from outer space
Over 25 years ago, the first mail was sent from the mail! The mail was sent on 28 August, 1991 and was sent from a portable Macintosh system. The computer was fitted on the Atlantis Shuttle and read the following:
Hello Earth! Greetings from the STS-43 Crew. This is the first AppleLink from space. Having a GREAT time, wish you were here… send cryo and RCS! Hasta la vista, baby,…we’ll be back!
5. The Google Doodle came to be
The 1990s were memorable, to say the least. A couple of years after the first mail was sent from space, Google went a step further and brought to life the unique concept of the Google Doodle! Google has an official doodler, with the doodles appearing more and more often on the search engine’s home page. Google transformed the way we celebrate events and set a trend as regards celebrating history, even becoming a benchmark for creativity and ideas.
There are so many things that make the tech world a brilliant place. If you think we missed out on any important events, then comment and let us know!
The Most Intriguing Tech Disasters In History
Not every innovation is a success. Not every invention instantly makes it to the top of the list. Where do they end up? Not on the failures list but on our list of “How on Earth did that happen?” Here is taking a look at some of the weirdest tech disasters of all time!
1. The Blackberry outage
Back when the Blackberry was one of the largest phones out there, a service outage was a serious issue! One of the major disasters to affect the phone was a service outage in 2011 that left some customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, the United States, and Canada without text messaging or internet access for a few days. The outage eventually led many customers to switch to iOS or Android devices. When an analysis was done on what went wrong, this outage was cited as one of the major reasons for the drop in the users of the Blackberry.
2. Grand Theft Auto
Since the beginning of gaming history, gamers have found little hidden treasures and Easter Eggs. However, Grand Theft Auto went a step further. Hackers found sex simulations hidden deep into Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas! The moment this news became public, Rockstar Games suffered. Boxes started gathering dust on the shelves and the revenue fell down drastically! Grand Theft Auto was never the same after this disastrous discovery!
3. Pepsi bottling numbers glitch
During the early 1990s, a Pepsi promotion in the Philippines claimed one lucky customer who found a bottle with the number 349 printed under its cap would win a large sum of money. Unfortunately, a computer glitch caused thousands of number 349 caps to be printed, leading to riots in the streets and even a bombing of a Pepsi plant in the country. Oh Pepsi, you boo boo maker!
4. Apple Mac Portable
Expected to break barriers when it came to portable systems, the 1989 released Apple Mac Portable was anything but that! As heavy as a tree trunk, the portable mac failed miserably. It was so bad, it had to be discontinued in October 1991.
5. The LAX network failure
In 2007, a computer outage at Los Angeles International Airport led to the stranding of 17,000 passengers on international flights for 10 hours. The problem occurred because US Customs authorities could not screen the passengers without the software. It was later revealed the software had not been updated for more than 3 months, causing this unfortunate breakdown.
Technology can be a funny thing. When it takes off, it takes off with a bang. When it fails, the repercussions are disastrous, to say the least. If you think we missed out on any interesting tech disasters, please feel comment and let us know!
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