Dear HP,

It disturbs me to see how things are moving in HP these days.  I found it quite haphazard that you decided to kill Touchpad in August and now mull over the fate of WebOS.

You acquired Palm for $1.2 billion and later acquired Autonomy for $11.7, which leads me to believe that you want to go deeper into the software business. I can understand this since IT business is moving more and more towards software.

But why dispose WebOS, if software is what you want to get into? You may argue that the market for tablets (or smartphones) has a lot to do with the ecosystem surrounding it and WebOS is lagging behind IOS and Android.

Instead of selling WebOS, why not spend some money to help with the creation of the ecosystem? Maybe set up a competition or something to get developers interested in WebOS. Maybe $1 millions dollar for the creator of the best app? Crazy you think? Isn’t it crazier to buy something for $1.2 billion and sell it for a few hundred million?

Or maybe hire someone who has expertise in building the ecosystem? Someone from Apple or Google perhaps? I’m sure there are tonnes of ways to tackle the issue about ecosystem. Please lock your strategic marketing team in a room and don’t let them come out until they have some solid ideas.

You have a good customer base (with all the TouchPads sold to-date), good hardware capability and mostly importantly you have the HP brand. Build on it that and start thinking about TouchPad 2 (bring it to market soonest).  I see this as an excellent opportunity for you to execute your software strategy.

Nowadays when I see the HP logo – one word comes to mind – confused. Please get your acts together and do the right thing for the company and your customers. I hope you will make the right decision here – keep WebOS!

Yours truly.

I never was an Apple fan – I never purchased an Apple product and even now would not consider doing so. In my mind, I knew I could get something with better specs at a much lower price …. “why pay more for an Apple?”.

The closest I came to owning an Apple product, was receiving an IPod Shuffle from my generous ex-employer – I enjoyed listening to music with it but it was short-lived as my IPod went “missing” in the office. Now I work for another generous employer, which subsidises IPhone for its employees. From cleaners to chief executives, you are bound to bump into someone sliding their index finger.

Despite my “dislike”, I diligently surfed the web looking for news about Apple; I was intrigued reading about IPhone 5 rumours; I smiled when I had a chance to sling shoot birds on my friend’s device; I chuckled listening to a funny cat repeat what I say; I got excited chopping falling fruits.

How could this be? I wouldn’t buy it but yet I jumped at the opportunity to get close to it. It was enigmatic …. like the painting of Mona Lisa – you look at her and continue to look at her. I pondered about this effect and can only conclude that a genius created it.

Like Leonardo Da Vinci, Steve Jobs was a genius. He took a risk, pursued the unknown and made Apple the brand that it is today – the largest tech giant.

Today, a sense of sadness filled my heart when I heard of his passing away. Though I did not purchase a bitten apple, I was still amazed by its genuine creativity. The genius “painted” so well and captured my imagination and a million others. We’ve lost a great leader today and I can’t help but be affected by this news.

To Steve Jobs – thank you for the “paintings” – it was beautiful – distant yet close, known yet new. May you rest in peace. Amen.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 12 June 2005

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I’ve been dreaming for a while now, to create my own website and write about my interest. However, life’s been keeping me occupied and procrastination ruled …. but not anymore! :).

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