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How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Steve Leibson - 02-22-2008

Hello all, I got the opportunity to interview Tom Osborne last week. He's the man who is behind HP's first two calculators, the HP 9100 and the HP 35. The video interview is up on my blog.

http://www.edn.com/blog/980000298/post/800022280.html

Hope you enjoy it.

Steve


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Tom Mathes - 02-22-2008

I just finished watching the entire interview. It was time well spent. Thanks so much for it as I've been waiting for it since you told us about it a few months ago. I always get such a blast listening to the pioneers in this industry.

And by the way, I love your blog. I read yours, Brian Dipert's and Paul Rako's blogs at least 2-3 times a week. Keep up the great work!


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Garth Wilson - 02-22-2008

What do you click on to get the video? I don't have any trouble with video on any other website on my computer, but the above-referenced page looks like an html-only page to me-- maybe because I have pop-ups blocked? Doesn't seem likely. There's no "sub-screen" with a "play" button to click, no "play video now", or anything like that.


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Mike Morrow - 02-22-2008

I have the same comment. There's nothing at the referenced URL that (obviously) leads to the video. Maybe it's limited to paid subscribers, but if so that should be indicated on the html page.


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Jeff Kearns - 02-22-2008

Garth,
I had the same problem in Firefox, but when I copied the link into IE - the video controls suddenly appeared.
Jeff


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Mike Morrow - 02-22-2008

It doesn't work on my Internet Explorer. I've never run across a similar case of "hidden video" while using IE.


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Randy - 02-22-2008

The blog entry is seriously broken. Doesn't work in FF or IE 7 with medium security.

Just go directly to Viddler and you can view the video. Direct link here

Edited: 22 Feb 2008, 7:14 p.m.


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Steve Leibson - 02-22-2008

Thanks for the comments. I've edited the blog entry and posted the direct URL of the video at Viddler. I'm afraid I'm not enough of an HTML maven to troubleshoot all the plug-in problems people are having with the Viddler player. All I can say is, it works fine for my settings in IE 7.

Steve


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - marais - 02-23-2008

I couldn't agree more. The story of the 9100 would even make a griping film. Excellent work!

Andreas


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - bill platt - 02-23-2008

I think it is interesting to see that Ham Radio comes up in the first couple minutes! (There are a *lot* of Hams in this calculator hobby too!)

Edited: 23 Feb 2008, 6:00 p.m.


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Garth Wilson - 02-23-2008

The direct link worked fine. Great interview!


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - designnut - 02-24-2008

I tried to listen, but could not make out the words for the echoes. I tried it again on earphones, same comment. Possibly I am the only one to find it impossible to understand, but I think you could do better with the sound. Sam


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Jeff Kearns - 02-24-2008

I just finished listening to the entire interview. As an ex-marine engineer with a few too many hours around rotating machinery resulting in some hearing impairment, I had NO difficulty with the sound quality of this interview.

I suggest the problem is with your computer's sound system/card.

Best regards,

Jeff Kearns


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Steve Leibson - 02-24-2008

I'm sensitive to echoes too, and felt that the Dave Cochran interview had too much room reverberation. It was a function of the room. However, the Tom Osborne interview plays on my machine with virtually no echo. Are you sure you're not playing two copies of the video at the same time a little out of sync? It is possible for this to happen with multiple windows open.


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Patrice - 02-25-2008

Hello all,

It seems to be a very interesting interview.

But as english is not my primary language, I read better than I listen to it.

Do you have a script of the interview ?


Re: How HP Got Its First Calculators: Video Interview with Tom Osborne - Steve Leibson - 02-25-2008

Sorry, there is no transcription of the interview, nor is one planned.