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Rod Canion | November 1, 2013

Published on October 30, 2013
Rod Canion speaks

Rod Canion, co-founder of Compaq Computer Corporation, stopped by Bauer Business Focus to talk about the drastic changes in the computer hardware and software industry since he founded Compaq in 1982, including the progression from proprietary computers to PCs.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the changes in computer hardware and software with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

Technology is constantly changing. One day you have the most up-to-date technology, and then the next day it is out of date.

Rod Canion, co-founder of Compaq Computer Corporation, stopped by Bauer Business Focus to talk about the drastic changes in the computer hardware and software industry since he founded Compaq in 1982, including the progression from proprietary computers to PCs.

“Back then every company was completely proprietary,” Canion said. “Not only the hardware, but it meant that any software that ran on a computer had to be specially adapted to run on that computer. It was one of those things people just accepted.”

Since the founding its founding in 1982, Compaq and others like it have been absorbed by other tech companies. Steve Jobs and Apple saw what was coming that PCs missed to remain competitive, Canion said.

“An amazing thing happened, as it sometimes does, and [Steve Jobs] had a second chance to see where the future could be,” Canion added. “He saw the vision of what this meant, I’m convinced, and the combination of the iPhone and, three years later, the iPad really changed the world.”

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