in Asia. After giving the last imbecile the boot, Hurd and entourage have come to realize we can't compete with the world's best camera makers, particularly in their own back yard. It took common sense, not a rocket scientist to make this decision. That should give you a little insight into the business acumen of the imbecile who decided otherwise.
Ah! The Carl doctrine was that "Everything is possible!".
Have to agree that trying to out-Canon Canon or Nikon or Olympus is indeed possible. Carl had proved to non-believers that HP had $billions in Asian Digi-Cam revenues and had as much profit as a taco stand.
Logically HP can sell more profitable printers and supplies than commodity cameras, and more importantly, become the printer of choice for all camera manufacturers rather than being their competitor!
Logically if HP were not also a competitor in PC's and IT, could it not sell printers into the markets of Dell, IBM, Apple, et.al?
I see you don't understand NonStop. It isn't just hardware HA, it is OS and application redundancy. Hardware HA came when hardware got cheap, in the early days it was N+1 harware redundancy. I suggest you learn about a product before you dismiss it.
With all your examples, I can afford to lose a transaction, to get multiple responses, afford a delay in execution. You can't afford that in financial transactions. I didn't say NonStop
was applicable for every solution, but where it is the cost of the hardware is not the first priority.
Your problem is that now that you have found this bright shiny hammer, everything looks like a nail.
It is not that VMS folks don't want anything new, they just don't like change. The VMS folks use VMS because it is rock solid, because they KNOW their applications run on it. HP has not done a very good job of making the progression seamless, of explaining the benefits of the transistion.
I know Linux is widely used in the first tier, but I also know that Linux is not a cheap as everyone touts. On top of that, Linux is fragmenting. Increasingly I am getting responses that a bug is fixed, or a feature is present, in SUSE but not in Debian or RH, or some other combination, etc. I don't want to have to compile my own OS, that won't be supported by the vendors of any application I use, maintain it, patch it, etc.