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Sharp To Quit Making Personal Computers 93

cylonlover writes "Sharp has reportedly decided to pull the plug on their PC operations — not entirely shocking given that the company has not released any PCs at all in the past year. The company will apparently 'focus on marketing its Galapagos tablet devices coming out in December, along with providing content such as e-books, music and video for these products.'"
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Sharp To Quit Making Personal Computers

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  • Re:Huh? (Score:5, Informative)

    by antifoidulus ( 807088 ) on Sunday October 24, 2010 @11:30PM (#34008538) Homepage Journal
    Actually a lot of different Japanese companies make computers that are for the most part only released in Japan. Which is actually a far cry from the situation 20 years ago where lots of different Japanese PC manufacturers exported their stuff overseas.
  • Re:Huh? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 24, 2010 @11:32PM (#34008548)

    Yes, they had a slim notebook (Mebius) line for ages. I had one in 2005 or 2006, it was almost as thin then as the super-advertised thinnest macbook is now.

    I even had the docking station.

  • by fredrickleo ( 711335 ) on Sunday October 24, 2010 @11:41PM (#34008586) Homepage

    Apparently they're going to focus on a new line of tablet PCs.

    I'm still very unhappy with the amount of software support and updates we got for the Zaurus SL-6000 (zero support and updates) which was a very expensive piece of kit.

    Because of my experience with the Zaurus I no longer take chances with hardware and would rather go with the established leaders even if it's technically inferior.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:2, Informative)

    by oldhack ( 1037484 ) on Monday October 25, 2010 @12:10AM (#34008708)
    20 years ago (actually, bit older), NEC was the king of PC in Japan. They got out of the business entirely for some time now.
  • by mister_dave ( 1613441 ) on Monday October 25, 2010 @03:15AM (#34009420)

    Way back when, I was considering buying my first computer (an Amstrad), for word-processing, I came across the Sharp 1410 'dedicated word processor'. I can't find a picture online, but it was an electric typewriter, with a 10(?) line LED screen, and some embedded software applications; a word processor, spreadsheet. You could save to 3.5" floppies. Thinking back, I still think that was a good choice for a student. Brother [brother.co.uk] seems to be the only firm making typewriters now, and the dedicated word processor appears to have disappeared as an option.

    My first computer ended up being an iMac 350. [everymac.com]

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