Never mind the years of effort H-P spent -- including a controversial merger with Compaq -- becoming the world's largest PC maker.
Not only was Compaq performing much better than Apple, it was headquartered in Texas and therefore closer to Auburn football.
Hardware manufacturers like Dell, Hewlett Packard, Compaq and IBM would still be battling it out with incompatible systems.
But the outlook brightened after 2000, after the company got contracts to make PDAs for Compaq and Hewlett-Packard.
In 1996, Gou offered to build the chassis for Compaq's desktop computers at a fraction of what it would cost Compaq to do the job itself.
Microsoft licensed its operating system more cheaply to computer makers such as Dell and Compaq, which exclusively installed its system.
During his medical leave, Apple will be led by Timothy D. Cook, the chief operating officer, who Mr. Jobs recruited from Compaq in 1998.
Carly Fiorina, its boss from 1999 to 2005, merged with Compaq, another computer-maker, in a deal worth $25 billion.
Less profitably, he has put money into companies such as Compaq (now Hewlett-Packard), Motorola and Kodak.
One CEO I consulted felt so strongly about it he told me I would be a fool to leave Compaq for Apple.
We will point out a few of the differences on how Domino 6.5 Ran on xSeries versus the Compaq server.
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