HP did a nice thing for it’s employees recently. After the unannounced fire sale of HP Touchpad’s at retailers, they offered up a similar sale for employee purchase. Needless to say, more than a few employees took advantage of the offer.
Now to be fair, I never really intended to use it “as is”. I was “this close” [hold thumb and index finger really close together] to buying a NOOK Color for hacking purposes and when this opportunity arose… I knew it would be just a matter of time before someone developed a Google Android OS solution to offset the rather limp offerings in the WebOS application market.
It didn’t take long. Now after the second patch of the Alpha release of CyanogenMod 7 for the HP Touchpad, I can say that this is an excellent Android platform. I could actually see HP tweaking it a bit and allowing it to become an awesome Android tablet… but that is some wishful thinking on my part.