Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)

DEC was an extremely successful minicomputer company, that grew into a kind of mainframe company. However, they lost their way. They got caught up in trying to play the customer lock-in game, which ultimately cost them not only key customers, but also developers of third party software and hardware. They wanted to be the sole source of all solutions for the customer.

They've just been acquired by Compaq (A PC clone manufacturer) for several billion dollars - how the mighty have fallen.

Erik E. Fair <>
February 20, 1998

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