HP was born in a one car garage in California in 1935 -- a twinkle in the eye of the world’s leading PC manufacturer it would grow up to be. It took a while for that garage to receive credit for its instrumental role in the tech industry, but it was finally pronounced a California state historical landmark in 1987.
The company was founded by two Stanford engineering graduates, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, and dabbled in a huge range of technology and computer equipment throughout its early years, including agricultural and sound equipment.
HP’s success is rumoured to be a result of the sprinkling of lucky fairy dust it received early on in its journey by Walt Disney Productions, which bought oscillators for surround-sound systems installed in cinemas for screening Fantasia.
In 1986, the company laid claim to the HP.com domain name, making it the ninth Internet.com domain ever to be registered.
The early nineties saw HP adjusting its focus to producing more consumer-focused goods. After merging with Compaq in 2001, HP became well known for its desktops and laptops, particularly the Pavilion, Envy and Folio ranges. Let us not forget that HP does a sweet line in hybrid printer-scanner-copier paper-and-ink guzzlers for both home and office use.
HP briefly branched out into tablet computing after acquiring Palm and adopting its webOS system. The HP TouchPad unfortunately failed to take off but the company is rebooting with Windows 8-powered tablets.