This is a typical pre 2002 IPO that was all hype at the opening and is going nowhere. For all you newbies, this followed the path of a silicon valley small start-up that does not really have a product that is needed in the market but the idea was "cool". Bottom line is that customers are not in a need for this product especially in times like today. Might as well put your $$ in the beaten down financials and see some returns..
Okay I have read many a dumb post, but this one takes the cake. I am amazed you know enough about computers to have made such a post.
VMWare is a company that has created a Paradigm Change in the World of computing (for Intel/AMD base computing -- I don't want the mainframe guys jumping in and saying it has all been done before etc...).
I can't think of one company that has had such a huge impact in a long while.
Okay -- Seriously do a google on VMware and tell me if it is a Hype company. The stock may have been a tad expensive, but not now. And it will eventually get back to the highs in a few years.
Leaving all the "Paradigm Change" BS aside..this is a poorly managed COMPANY, and when you buy stock, and you appear to be relatively intelligent, you should understand, that you buy the COMPANY, not the PRODUCT. This explains why it is fluctuating in the red, while all other techs are soaring. People have realized just how PORRLY managed this company is. IF it were such a good buy, it would have turned GREEN immediately today. It'll be a good buy at 10-15, not before.