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Sharp To Quit Making Personal Computers

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the used-to-have-the-coolest-laptops dept.

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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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93 comments

Huh? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008478)

Sharp made PCs?

In other news (3, Funny)

RedACE7500 (904963) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008486)

Microsoft to stop making automobiles.

Re:In other news (0, Troll)

furgle (1825812) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008532)

also Apple stops making ugly device.

Re:In other news (1, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008590)

Oh my god, I just read Apple isn't shipping Ugly Device anymore, in addition to Flash and Java.

What am I going to do when I need Ugly Device?!?

Damn you jobs!

Re:In other news (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008656)

SO my 24 years old male cousin came from Canada last week for the Christmas thing so we and 2 other cousins were in the living room,just talking but then the other 2 cousins went to bed and my cousin started to touch me and I let him to do that :/ It was so fucking awesome!Anyways to the next day he went to pick up some more clothes and he told me that in the way to his house had boner just fot thinking about it.He keeps telling me to kiss him and I don't want to.I feel weird. he should be in jail.The question here is that...Should I let him do the same thing today? P.S I haven't ate since we did it.I feel sick.

Re:In other news (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34009098)

As long as you are a female, than it is fine... Remember... HAVE FUN!

Re:In other news (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 3 years ago | (#34010462)

WTF? In Canada, Christmas is in October? (Jokes about Octal-Decimal conversions elided due to extreme age)

Re:In other news (1)

shougyin (1920460) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008696)

You could always venture over to the IKEA store and find plenty of ugly crap there!

Re:In other news (2, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008878)

For an ugly device, get married, just like everybody else.

Re:In other news (3, Funny)

GumphMaster (772693) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008728)

Wouldn't that be the iGly Device?

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34009036)

Apple went out of business? Everything they make is ugly to me. (Except for their displays... those are well tuned)

I prefer more function for my money.

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34010580)

Like the Driod. Terrible design mistake on Apples part

Re:In other news (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008544)

Microsoft to stop making personal music players...

Re:In other news (1)

poopdeville (841677) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008846)

Microsoft makes personal music players?

Re:In other news (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008552)

They're choosing to focus on their more popular products.

They must be swamped with pre-orders for their Galapagos. I'll be getting in line at the Sharp Concept Store tomorrow to get mine.

Re:In other news (1)

RocketRabbit (830691) | more than 3 years ago | (#34021790)

So Sharp is making an iPad now?

That's cute, but I had a Zaurus like years and years ago. The problem is that after the initial release, it was basically unsupported. I would not buy another Sharp Linux product.

Re:In other news (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008598)

Microsoft to stop making automobiles.

The Vista Hybrid was a bad move though. It was one thing to get the "allow" or "deny" prompt when you started one but getting the prompt when you hit the brakes was a little unsettling.

Re:In other news (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34010640)

Microsoft to stop making automobiles.

The Vista Hybrid was a bad move though. It was one thing to get the "allow" or "deny" prompt when you started one but getting the prompt when you hit the brakes was a little unsettling.

A more serious problem was that this was often followed by the system crashing.

Re:In other news (1)

sempir (1916194) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009998)

Firefox asked to stop making Swiss Cheese.

Re:Huh? (5, Informative)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008538)

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? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008688)

Note: if the facts don't match your ideology it does NOT mean that the facts are wrong. Thats right shut your faggot mouth and disappear piece of shit. I'm from Jane and Finch where anybody can get wigged same day service. You dont know what its like when its real. Your faggot mouth wants to have your dick hard at somebody who wont return your homosexual gestures. So you cross over to comitting felony acts. My concern is the law and the hood. You dont know how it is having to deal with dual codes of behavior. You run around and try to maintain an erection your entire day and attempt to get plugged with dicks better than yourself, also known as hetero

Fuck you

Re:Huh? (3, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008714)

Wow, I didn't know Glen Beck used slashdot.

Re:Huh? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008748)

You've never actually LISTENED to Mr. Beck's show have you?

Re:Huh? (4, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008768)

Yes, and I burst out LAUGHING when he couldn't even get basic history right. It was one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen. I mean people are stupid enough to actually believe this guy? Thats infinitely funnier than any sitcom about really dumb characters.

Re:Huh? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008840)

I mean people are stupid enough to actually believe this guy? Thats infinitely funnier than any sitcom about really dumb characters.

No, it isn't. It's sad. Just fucking sad.

Re:Huh? (1)

Sam36 (1065410) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008866)

More than likely, your view of history is wrong.

Re:Huh? (3, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009564)

Not so funny come voting time.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34013824)

Yes, and I burst out LAUGHING when he couldn't even get basic history right

[Citation needed]

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008758)

The Internet has become self-aware, and it just found /b/. Uh-oh.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34013492)

Jane and Finch? The Hood?

LOL.

Re:Huh? (2, Informative)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Re:Huh? (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008738)

There are still NEC branded PCs being sold in Japan. I don't know how much NEC actually has to do with the design/production, they could just be sticking their name on it, but they are still out there.

Re:Huh? (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008796)

Didn't know that. Do they still sell desktop boxes (anything other than laptop sort)?

Re:Huh? (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008920)

Yeah, their specialty seems to be essentially the PC version of the iMac(ie the all in one design that is much more popular in Japan than it is in the US or Europe)

Re:Huh? (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009094)

Japan has problems with space; and those all-in-ones tend to take less desk space than traditional desktops so it makes sense.

OTOH I'm surprised those all-in-ones are not more popular elsewhere, especially outside the Apple market. They indeed have limited upgrade possibilities but then nowadays that's not much done in the first place. Laptops have the same "problem" and it doesn't seem to stop people from buying those as desktop replacement. And personally I would prefer the all-in-one over a laptop that stays in the same place, as it usually has separate keyboard and mouse.

Laptops are the reason (2, Interesting)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009830)

Most people who are ok with the limits of an all-in-one, in that they cost more and aren't so upgradable, just get a laptop. They work well, and you can pick them up and take them with you. They can also easily have an external keyboard, mouse and monitor hooked to them when placed on a desktop.

That's the real issue is that all-in-ones are a very small market because something already pretty much offers what they do and more. Laptops are great if size is the concern, desktops are great for systems that stay in one spot. Only if you demand something larger than a laptop, but you can't have a desktop, is an all-in-one really needed. That is just not many people.

In fact the only reason the iMacs are as popular as they are is because of the lack of consumer Mac tower, something Mac users have clamored for for years. If you need more power than a Mac mini gives you, and that is not hard to need, then an iMac is your only choice unless you are willing to drop $2500+ on a workstation. If Apple introduced a consumer level, $1000ish tower like everyone else has, the iMac sales would drop. A few people would still like them, all-in-ones do sell, including non-Apple ones (MSI makes all-in-ones), bu they are a small market.

Re:Huh? (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 3 years ago | (#34010128)

All-In-One's here tend to be really expensive. I've known a lot of businesses that were on a desktop standard, and a big part of that reason was cost. They'd get parts of setups second hand from other businesses that upgraded... a monitor here, a wireless card there. New towers would come in, costing them $100 or less. Any sort of all-in-one would lock them to a single standard.

Laptops appeal to people's fantasies about portability and travel. "I might take that and use my laptop at a coffee shop!" Most people don't, of course, but the option is quite appealing.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34019472)

For example, anyone remember the NEC PC-98? Back in the 1980s, Japan was dominated by x86 computers that ran MS-DOS but was non-IBM PC compatible. This was one of them, and while there were a few other such computers by for example Fujitsu that was not compatible with each other outside of MS-DOS calls, this one was the most popular and lasted the longest partly thanks to it having the biggest software base. The first failed attempt to run Japanese DOS on IBM PC compatible computers was called AX that dates back to 1986, requiring special JEGA video cards with a 640x480 Japanese video mode. Next year, VGA was introduced with a 640x480 mode built-in as standard, making possible the DOS/V add-on to DOS for displaying Japanese that was introduced in 1990, which was successful and began to take over the non-IBM PC compatible platforms that was dominant before. In 1997, NEC began phasing out PC-98, introducing a PC98-NX series of legacy-free PC/AT compatibles. Last NEC PC-98 was released in 2000. Do anyone know what was the last Windows release for NEC PC-98? I think it was 2000/Me.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34010644)

Smart Decision Sharp.

But your TV's are being pressured by Mr Samsung and your small kit taken by Sony, and the phone space taken by Apple an HTC - leaves you with Tablets, middle ground snaffled by Toshiba.

But your previous offering were badly supported, and you can bet China and Levono wont sit idle.
Somehow I don't think you have changed your colors, but if you ever open up both the hardware and operating system - you may be in with a chance.

Otherwise you will just be a fabricator and letting the Chinese vale add.

Re:Huh? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Re:Huh? (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008558)

Sharp made PCs?

Heck yeah, Sharp made all kinds of cool computers back in the day. A friend of mine in high school had portable one with a little LCD screen built in. They were completely proprietary, of course. Eventually, they build standard PC clones and that's what they're getting out of. By making a tablet they're actually moving back to their old ways.

Re:Huh? (2, Interesting)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008658)

I remember with fondness my Sharp MZ-731 home computer, with its built-in 4-colour plotter.

Yes, Sharp made some excellent products back when. But in a market where similarity now is what's desired, and consumers look at price before quality knowing that they'll replace their purchase in a couple of years anyhow, being innovative doesn't help. Do what the others do, just slightly better and slightly cheaper, and you'll sell a LOT more than if you come out with a groundbreaking product.
So I'm not surprised that Sharp left the market, and instead focus on their other products.

Re:Huh? (2, Insightful)

cgenman (325138) | more than 3 years ago | (#34010252)

In defense of consumers: there is no real way of judging build quality in modern computers. "Brand name" strength is a terrible indicator, as brands like HP and Sony have some of the most miserable long-term reliability numbers. Industry numbers like Mean Time Between Failures bears little or no resemblance to reality.

Also, computer innovation generally means adding crap that isn't supported properly in the OS anyway, and will go away the moment you need to reinstall. The Lenovo I'm typing this on has a touchstrip launcher that takes twice as long to launch as extra buttons would, a camera-driven login system that only logs you in ideal circumstances, and a couple of unique hardware buttons that are mapped uselessly. The most genuinely innovative feature is a hybrid SSD / Disk HDD, which speeds up access and boot times significantly but at the cost of a proprietary HDD driver in all relevant OSs.

But really, the biggest problem with modern "innovations" in computing hardware is that they are always specific enough to be useless. Computers with built-in camera docs so you can print directly and easily. Wait, that's Windows 7-32 computer with a Canon camera doc to print to a Canon printer easily if you haven't put anything on top of your tower. Here's an innovative computer with built-in biometric detector. Wait, that's tied to a proprietary XP modification, only works on a vanilla login screen, and doesn't really work anyway.

Re:Huh? (1)

bored_engineer (951004) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008820)

. . .they're actually moving back to their old ways.

Maybe this way [wikipedia.org] you speak of isn't so old. The Zaurus line was more popular in Japan than here (in the US). I was using my Zaurus sl-5500 until I bought a Nokia N810.

Re:Huh? (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009418)

The Zaurus line was more popular in Japan than here (in the US). I was using my Zaurus sl-5500 until I bought a Nokia N810.

Still use my Zaurus SL-C3000 [on.net] as my mobile writing platform. Clamshell form factor, bigger than a cellphone so typing is easier, smaller than a netbook so it fits in your pocket -- wish somebody made something similar today.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34009750)

While not a clamshell, so it has a smaller keyboard, you should take a look at the N900. It can do much more than the Zaurus, and it is a phone too so you don't have to carry an extra device.

Re:Huh? (2, Interesting)

Haxamanish (1564673) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009086)

My first computer was a Sharp MZ-80K [wikipedia.org] in 1979 - it had the words "Personal Computer" on it, two years before the "IBM PC". Z80 CPU, 48Kb RAM, 4Kb ROM. I also have a Sharp Zaurus.

Both machines were highly innovative. This is a sad day.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34010188)

My first computer was a Sharp MZ-80K [wikipedia.org] in 1979 - it had the words "Personal Computer" on it, two years before the "IBM PC". Z80 CPU, 48Kb RAM, 4Kb ROM.

Yeah, but does it run linux?

Re:Huh? (1)

Haxamanish (1564673) | more than 3 years ago | (#34010560)

My first computer was a Sharp MZ-80K [wikipedia.org] in 1979 - it had the words "Personal Computer" on it, two years before the "IBM PC". Z80 CPU, 48Kb RAM, 4Kb ROM.

Yeah, but does it run linux?

Nope, but it did run CP/M [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Huh? (1)

worx101 (1799560) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009282)

Was about to ask the same thing myself, cannot remember ever seeing one...

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34009446)

Yes. they made pretty cool ones at that. They made a laptop with a 3d display without the need for glasses back in 2003.

But they just couldn't compete alongside cheapass pieces of shit like e-machines. Hmm, weird laptop that costs 2 grand? or questionable build quality computer for a third of that?

Re:Huh? (2, Insightful)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009800)

Yes, back in the day, just like their PDAs up until the end they were as proprietary as hell. Now I just wish we could lose the proprietary as hell portables like laptops and now the "i" devices like iPad. Most who have read my past comments know I have NO problem with proprietary OSes, but that is because one has plenty of choice. Don't like Windows? There is a bazillion Linux OSes, BSD, Haiku, OSX, etc. It is trivial to replace and therefor one isn't locked into anyone else's upgrade cycle.

Running a little PC repair and sales shop, and talking to others in the same business, I've seen the future, and it does suckth. It is eWaste, miles and miles, mounds and mounds of it. With desktop there is no shortage of suppliers of parts, making competition drive down the prices. Sadly this is NOT the case with the portables, as the proprietary nature makes them disposable objects. Pricing parts for even a 2 year old laptop, thanks to the fact the only place one can get parts is from the OEM or cannibalizing other machines, makes them simply not worth fixing. Time and time again I've seen portables that if they were a desktop would have been a cheap fix being shitcanned because the price of parts simply made them too expensive to repair. Hell just replacing a couple of worn out hinges and a stuck keyboard will often cost more than a new netbook depending on the model.

So I for one am glad that we don't deal with proprietary manufacturers like Sharp anymore, but reading TFA it seems they have just moved from one proprietary medium to another. sadly I don't see a hardware revolution coming for the portables like we saw for the desktop, the OEMs are making too much money forcing everyone to dump them and get another when anything breaks. The unforeseen price will be the huge amounts of waste and toxic chemicals dumped increasingly on the third world that frankly is just shameful. With the jobs most people use a laptop for they could easily hang onto them for 5 to 7 years or more, but the price of repair makes that an impossibility in most cases. Selling new machines every 2 years may be good for business, but it is lousy on the environment.

Re:Huh? (1)

identity0 (77976) | more than 3 years ago | (#34020074)

Wow, so many /.ers going off on something they have no experience with...

Sharp sells their computers in Japan, so most of you might not know this, but they sold(and maybe still sell until stocks run out) an Ubuntu-based ultraportable called the Netwalker. One has a touchscreen, the other has an optical trackpad-type thing and keyboard.

As far as I could tell when I saw it, it was a stock Ubuntu Japanese install, with no proprietary crap saddled on top of it. They even kept the Ubuntu logo instead of slapping their own on it.

http://www.sharp.co.jp/netwalker/ [sharp.co.jp]

I'd say that's pretty far from proprietary.

Of course, all of their 'regular' notebooks and PCs ran Windows.

Re:Huh? (1)

ChoGGi (522069) | more than 3 years ago | (#34029438)

you may wish to re-read his post, it's the hardware that'll be filling the land

Re:Huh? (1)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 3 years ago | (#34010114)

Now what are all five of their customers going to do for support?

Re:Huh? (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 3 years ago | (#34010400)

Lots of them actually:
http://www.old-computers.com/museum/company.asp?st=1&m=117

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011074)

Exactly.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012358)

Sharp x68000 had the best arcade ports ever.

Sharp makes computers?! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008508)

Seriously, I had no idea. I don't even see it mentioned on their website.

Wait, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008534)

I've never even seen a single computer from Sharp. In fact, I've never heard of Sharp making PCs before.

Re:Wait, what? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008560)

You also probably never heard of them making phones, but they got burned - badly - by Microsoft over the KIN and KIN2.

Re:Wait, what? (1)

RabbitWho (1805112) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008646)

my mom has a Sharp phone. It's really pretty but it took us 3 years to figure out how to send a picture on it, the instruction manual was useless and the Internet was filled with people trying to figure out how to send a picture on it.

Re:Wait, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008666)

But I'm sure it had many features not present on the original iPhone, which explains how it was ultimately able to triumph in the marketplace.

Re:Wait, what? (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008750)

That's sharp's own fault for signing on to build a competitor to the sidekick, which has had a declining market share for years now. I doubt they actually built it, probably just managed the manufacturing process at best.

Re:Wait, what? (1)

im_thatoneguy (819432) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009562)

That's sharp's own fault for signing on to build a competitor to the sidekick, which has had a declining market share for years now. I doubt they actually built it, probably just managed the manufacturing process at best.

Sharp used to build the "Sidekick". Sidekick was made by Danger. Danger got bought by Microsoft. So they weren't building a "competitor" to Sidekick they stuck with 'Sidekick' even after the branding got sold to T-Mobile.

The kin was pretty neutered. But the Sidekick was also always an enigma to me. It was always underfeatured compared to a real smartphone like the iPhone. I think the thing that killed the Kin was that it was too expensive. The Sidekick was this pre-teen texting phone but MS made it so data intensive it required a full blown smartphone plan. When you can get a droid for free now -- all you're really paying for is the data plan so why go for half of a phone?

If anyone is to blame it's Verizon IMO. (Well and MS for developing two smartphone OSes simultaneously instead of focusing on one. "Who could possibly have forseen that was a bad idea." /sarcasm)

Two smartphone operating systems at the same time (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34010500)

Well and MS for developing two smartphone OSes simultaneously instead of focusing on one. "Who could possibly have forseen that was a bad idea." /sarcasm

That and Google doing the same thing with Android and Chrome OS.

Re:Two smartphone operating systems at the same ti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011426)

I don't hear anyone arguing against the idea that Chrome OS is all but dead.

Dont trust their tablets either (5, Informative)

fredrickleo (711335) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008586)

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:Dont trust their tablets either (1)

pantherace (165052) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008608)

It probably would have been fine if they hadn't chosen to use proprietary parts for most of it. USB, etc. That said, it's still a pretty good device, and superior to almost all but the very latest phones. (Excluding size of course)

Re:Dont trust their tablets either (1)

fredrickleo (711335) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008724)

Most definitely. The main problem is that the sharp kernel is a 2.4 kernel and community efforts to create a good 2.6 kernel have failed because of the proprietary hardware and drivers. Especially in the area of power management and graphics acceleration.

Unfortunately, while the hardware is still pretty good by today's standards it's almost impossible to run any useful software (i.e. current web browser and mail client) without a massive porting effort, all of which have failed so far.

Re:Dont trust their tablets either (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008612)

Same thing with the Sharp Netwalker, which is the next-gen Zaurus. They released it in 2009 with Ubuntu 9.0.4 and haven't bothered to announce any upgrade, despite that 9.0.4 EoL-ed this month.

Too bad, because the hardware is otherwise pretty cool.

Re:Dont trust their tablets either (2, Interesting)

fredrickleo (711335) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008752)

Too bad indeed, I'd ebay it quick while it still has some value.

The last time I saw a SL-6000 on ebay it was going for like $50 or something which is pretty disappointing considering they cost $699 when they came out.

Re:Dont trust their tablets either (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008868)

Well, I got mine real cheap, and I can make and install my own stuff on it, so it ain't a big deal loss, but "official" support would have been a nicer option.

Bad brand name (1)

Troll-Under-D'Bridge (1782952) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011446)

Netwalker? The name alone tells me that Sharp lacks a good marketing department. Search engines crawl. People browse. Who'd want to walk the web, Spiderman?

Re:Dont trust their tablets either (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008770)

They're nice kit to run OpenBSD on.

Obligatory... (0, Offtopic)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008616)

In other news, Sharp was selling PCs.

Had no idea Sharp was even in the PC game.

Re:Obligatory... (1)

ocdscouter (1922930) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008856)

Sharp apparently has a hand in a relatively broad range of products, from computers to microwaves to their 'Sharp Solar' division (according to Wikipedia). It seems to be almost a given for large companies/conglomerates in Japan (and several other east Asian countries, e.g. LG in South Korea). My example isn't entirely accurate in that Sharp isn't actually a conglomerate, to my knowledge.

Re:Obligatory... (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 3 years ago | (#34008976)

Yamaha makes everything from motorcycles to violins, and is generally known for consistently decent (though not spectacular) quality on pretty much all of it. I've always found that fascinating.

Re:Obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34009076)

I've been to a Yamaha owned ski resort where not only can you sit on their electric scooter and play their electric violins in the hotel lobby, they have a girl playing a Yamaha electric organ in the gondola station.

Re:Obligatory... (1)

HuguesT (84078) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009132)

They actually completely own the beginner's instrument market from Pianos to Flutes via Saxophones and Violins, they actually make pretty good instruments, and like you said very consistent quality.

Re:Obligatory... (1)

Black Gold Alchemist (1747136) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009400)

Yamaha makes everything from motorcycles to violins

Instead of ACME, we have JCME.

you inseNsitiv3 clod! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34008928)

Conglomerate in t4e Luck I'll find

Sharp calculators (1)

HuguesT (84078) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009116)

Anybody remembers their amazing calculators like the PC-1211 [vintagecalculators.com] ? aka the Tandy TRS80-PC1. This calculator was programmable in BASIC, in the very early 1980s they were the way to get a hand on a programmable computer if you were a destitute high-school student. I never got one but I got its competitor the Casio FX702P [wikipedia.org] in 1982 when I was in year 11 I think. Very capable beasts with K7 backup and printers...

Make more typewriters! (2, Informative)

mister_dave (1613441) | more than 3 years ago | (#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]

Re:Make more typewriters! (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011650)

hmm, embedded Linux running open office, a 10x4 LCD screen with an integrated printer and keyboard. That would be an interesting device

Re:Make more typewriters! (1)

osssmkatz (734824) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011704)

www.alphasmart.com makes both Neos and Danas, which are both word processors of sorts. --Sam

Re:Make more typewriters! (1)

mister_dave (1613441) | more than 3 years ago | (#34014882)

Thanks for that. They look like much the same thing.

The key difference to the Sharp, was it also had a built in printer, being essentially an electric typewriter with a memory.

Sharp X68000 (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34009714)

Before they got into making x86 PC "clones" like everyone else, they had an 8-bit computer line as well as the X68000 which was basically the high end gaming PC of the late 80s. It shipped with Human68K which was on the surface similar to MS-DOS except that it used a 768x512 text display with kanji. The interesting part was the hardware. It had dual 1.2MB 5.25" floppy drives, a YM2151 (4 op, 8 channel stereo FM synthesizer like the one used in Capcom CPS1 arcade machines and many others) and ADPCM chip for sound, and a 10MHz 68K. Then for video it had 512KB of memory for "text" arranged as 4 bitplanes (like the Atari ST or Amiga), another 512KB for bitmapped graphics which could hit 512x512 with 64K colors, and 32KB of SRAM for 4bpp character based graphics (2 independantly scrolling background layers and 128 16x16 sprites). In other words, it rocked, and it cost 400,000 yen.

What happened to the Zaurus? (1)

barry61 (1447103) | more than 3 years ago | (#34009844)

Sharp had a cutting edge 'personal mobile tool' in the Zaurus, they just didn't seem to know what they had, or how to support it. The PC tablet is a dreadful road to go down - I've tried those too, but unlike the Zaurus, there is nothing to recommend them...

Not much of a loss, shirley? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34010654)

Sharp weren't really into that market anyway, particularly with the strong competition from companies like Toshiba and Samsung. Still, Dubli might have a few on the books left.

galapagos is not e-ink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34010890)

You can forget Galapagos. I looked it up and its designed to be an e-reader yet it has an LCD screen. What a load of crap. This makes it a poor second to an ipad at best.

Call me up when you have the technology we're all waiting for: decent size, decent form factor, colour e-ink which is affordable. Something thin with a bit of flex - after all flexing your book is part of the pleasure of reading.

I'd even settle for two colours only if that helps.

Dear Sharp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012802)

Please keep making displays. I never cared about your PC's anyway. But your displays kick butt!

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