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Palm CEO named "Geek of the Year"

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It was just about a year ago when Palm unveiled the Pre at last year’s CES and proved to be a big win for the PDA pioneers. At the helm of course was none other than one time former Apple employee John Rubinstein who almost single handedly reinvigorated life back into Palm - the company was slowly starting to see a premature demise. Rubinstein helped brought in the Palm Pre and webOS to the masses - people were hesitant about Palm’s big move toward a whole new mobile platform that was created from the ground up. To commend his efforts, Fast Company has revealed that John Rubenstein has been chosen to be awarded the 2009 title of “Geek of the Year.” Rubenstein was sought out and managed to beat out other contemporaries such as Star Trek director/producer J.J. Abrams, Twitter cofounders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg. In the face of onslaught brought on by other mobile platforms like Android, Palm’s CEO will have to muster up something compelling this year around if he intends on keeping his crown.

source: Fast Company via Pre Central & Engadget

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

The Pre should be voted "biggest hype of the year" cause it got nowhere... WebOS is a great start, but the hardware needs to catch up if it's gonna last.

posted on 03 Jan 2010, 16:26

2. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)

-Just because it didn't crush the iphone doesn't mean it didn't get anywhere...Maybe not as popular as Palm was expecting after all the bugs and issues, but it's still selling pretty good.

posted on 03 Jan 2010, 16:46

4. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Really? I don't think I know 2 people who have it... I guess we'll see when they release their quarterly report if that holds true.

posted on 03 Jan 2010, 17:27

7. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)

What about the Pre hardware needed to catch up? It has a hi-res 3.2" screen (granted there were some backlighting issues when it first came out), uses the same TI OMAP 3430 that the iPhone 3GS and DROID use, 8GB of internal memory (now more of it is available for app storage), and 3D hardware accelerated graphics are on its way.

posted on 03 Jan 2010, 16:31

3. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

who would want the title geek of the year??

posted on 03 Jan 2010, 16:46

5. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Anyone who gets that title is worth some bank.

posted on 03 Jan 2010, 21:16

8. rshackindian (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 Apr 2009)

whats the difference between a nerd and a geek? the geek gets it done.

posted on 03 Jan 2010, 16:52

6. Corporatetool (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Dec 2009)

@ Vzw fanman Most techies have no problems with being called geeks, because it's usually used in a positive way. Geeks tend to know their stuff when it comes to what they do, be it cell phones, websites, IT helpdesk, etc. Now if he had been given the "Nerd of the year" award, I could see that being offensive :p

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