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Killexams : How HP Designers Think About Sustainable PCs

A visit to HP’s Design Studio, where the team takes creative leaps and deliberate steps in the quest for good-looking and eco-positive products.

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Stacy Wolff outside the CMF (colors, materials, fabric) library.

In a conference room at HP’s Silicon Valley campus, a cornucopia of materials is placed all around. On the table and walls are swatches in fashion-forward colors (teal green, scarlet, rose gold) and novel textures (mycelium foam, crushed seashells, recycled rubber from running tracks, fabric from recycled jeans). Even more unexpected: pairs of high-end athletic shoes, and lots of them; luggage and backpacks, teapots and totes; stacks of gorgeous coffee-table books on Topics ranging from furniture to architecture — all to inspire the look and feel of devices that HP has yet to imagine.

Being able to touch, test, and debate about these items in person is part of the process, a creative collaboration Global Head of Design & Sustainability Stacy Wolff and his talented team of designers are grateful to be able to do side by side again inside their light-filled studio in Palo Alto. With each iteration of an HP laptop, desktop, or gaming rig, they endeavor to push the bounds of sustainable design while offering consumers a device that they’re proud to use each day.

For the last few years, HP’s design work has gained recognition, evidenced by the studio’s gleaming rows of awards. But there’s not a single name listed on any of them. “Everything we do is by collective effort. We win as a group, and we lose as a group,” says Wolff. “If you won an award, someone else had to do maybe a less glamorous job to provide you the freedom to do that.”

The team of 73 creatives in California, Houston, and Taipei are from backgrounds as varied as design, engineering, graphics, anthropology, poetry, ergonomics, and sports journalism. There’s one thing they have in common, though. Disagreements are dealt with by amping up their communication and doubling down on what they know to be their source of truth. “If we let the customer be the North Star, it tends to resolve almost all conflict,” Wolff says.

HP’s head of design has led a massive shift in how HP approaches design since its split from HPE in 2015, steering the company toward a more unified, yet distinct, visual identity, and a willingness to experiment with both luxury and mass-market trends. Wolff’s team is responsible for delivering the award-winning HP Spectre and ENVY lines, including the HP Spectre 13 (at the time of launch, hailed as the world’s thinnest laptop); the HP Spectre Folio (the first laptop with a leather chassis); the HP ENVY Wood series (made with sustainably-sourced, genuine wood inlays); and the HP Elite Dragonfly (the world’s first notebook to use ocean-bound plastic). Among the honors: In 2021, HP received seven Green Good Design Awards from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Today, Wolff and his team are in their recently outfitted studio, which opened late last year in HP’s Palo Alto headquarters. In the common areas, there is an inviting atmosphere of warm wood and soft, textured surfaces. Designers are tapping away at their keyboards, breaking off to share quick sketches and notes in an informal huddle around a digital whiteboard. In the gallery — an airy space that looks a lot like an upscale retail store — foam models, proof-of concept designs, and an array of laptop parts, keycaps, speakers, and circuit boards are splayed out on stark white countertops. Light from the courtyard pours in from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The studio has become a home,” says Wolff, who’s been with the company for 27 years. “When you think about a house, where does everybody go? Where is the love, and creation, and the stories being told? All that is shared in the kitchen.”

Granted this kitchen also has a really, really nice espresso maker.

The new space, like the kitchen, bubbles with energy and fuels the collaborative process, which was somewhat stifled when everyone was working remotely. “Creativity is a magical thing,” Wolff says. “That’s why it’s so important to design in a common space. We took for granted the process of organic product development. When you work from home, it becomes almost serial development. There’s no serendipity.”

After months of improvising the tools they needed to work together, the team finds that being back in the office is where they can be most creative and efficient. “Designers are very hands-on,” says Kevin Massaro, vice president of consumer design. “Everything in the studio is tactile.”

Yet, the time spent working remotely produced valuable insights that are informing future products, such as a PC camera disaggregated from the monitor so it can be manipulated to capture something on a person’s desk (like a sketch); super-wide-screen displays with integrated light bars that offer a soft backlight for people working late at night; and monitors that adjust to taller heights, to better accommodate a standing desk.

In latest years, the team has also turned its sights toward defining — and redefining — what sustainable design means for HP. In 2021 HP announced some of the most aggressive and comprehensive climate goals in the technology industry, bringing new complexity — and new gravitas — to what Wolff and his team are aiming to accomplish.

“You’re no longer just a company that’s manufacturing technology, you’re a company that’s helping to better people’s lives,” Wolff says. Working toward HP’s goal to become the most sustainable and just technology company is less about integrating greater percentages of recycled materials into new products, and more about an accounting of the entire life cycle of a device, from the electricity used over its lifetime and the minerals mined for its batteries, to the chemicals used in its painted powder coating and what exactly happens to a product when returned for recycling.

When a customer opens a box made of 100% recycled molded fiber packaging to reveal the premium Elite Dragonfly PC, which made waves for being the first notebook with ocean-bound plastic, that’s where this team’s efforts become tangible.

The Dragonfly isn’t only a triumph of design, it proved that circularity can be an integral part of mass-manufacturing for personal electronics. The third generation of that same device, released in March (see “How the HP Elite Dragonfly Took Flight,” page 36), raised the bar for battery life and weight with a new process that fuses aluminum and magnesium in the chassis, the latter of which is both lightweight and 100% recyclable.

This was a feat of engineering alchemy, says Chad Paris, Global Senior Design Manager. “Not only do you have different properties of how these metals work together, it was a challenge to make sure that it’s seamless,” he says. The team innovated and came up with a thermofusion process that lends a premium feel to the Dragonfly while keeping its weight at just a kilogram.

This inventiveness dovetails with Wolff’s pragmatic approach to sustainability. Not only does each change have to scale for a manufacturer the size of HP, it has to strike the right balance between brand integrity and forward-leaning design. “We can take waste and make great things,” Wolff says, gesturing at a pile of uniform plastic pellets that used to be a discarded bottle. “But ultimately, we want our products to live longer, so we’re designing them to have second lives.”

A sustainable HP notebook, no matter what materials it’s made from, needs to look and feel like HP made it, says Sandie Cheng, Global CMF Director. The CMF (colors, materials, finishes) library holds thousands of fabric swatches, colored tiles, and paint chips and samples, which Cheng uses as inspiration for the look and feel of fine details such as the touch pad on a laptop, the smooth glide of a hinge, or the sparkle of the HP logo peeking through a laser-etched cutout.

Cheng and her team head out on scouting trips to gather objects from a variety of places and bring them back to the studio, composing their own ever-changing mood board. In the CMF library, there are Zen-like ceramic-and-bamboo vessels picked up from an upscale housewares boutique in San Francisco alongside scores of upholstery samples in chic color palettes, hunks of charred wood, and Nike’s Space Hippie trainers.

Most of these materials will never make it to production, but they offer up a rich playground for the team’s collective imagination. Foam made from mycelium (i.e., fungi threads) is an organic material that can be grown in just two weeks. Perhaps one day it could be used as material to cover the Dragonfly chassis, even if right now it couldn’t survive the daily wear and tear we put on our PCs. Or its spongy, earthy texture might inspire a new textile that lends a softer feel to an otherwise hard-edged device on your desk.

“We as designers have to think outside the box to stay creative and inspired, but we also have to develop materials that can be used for production,” Cheng says. “It’s a balance of staying creative and also being realistic.”

The same holds true for how the materials are made. Manufacturing with fabric is notorious for producing massive amounts of waste because of the way patterns are cut, but HP wants to change that with its own soft goods, such as the HP Renew Sleeve. It’s made with 96% recycled plastic bottle material, and importantly, the 3D knitting process used to make the laptop sleeve leaves virtually zero waste, generating only a few stray threads.

Earlier this month, Cheng and her team went to Milan, Italy, for fresh inspiration. They attended Salone del Mobile 2022, one of the industry’s largest textile, furniture, and home design trade shows, to get a sense of the big design trends of the next few years, including what Cheng calls “the centered home,” which evokes feelings of comfort, coziness, and calm.

She explains that the blurring of work and life means that what consumers want in their next device, whether it’s one issued by their company or selected from a store shelf, is something that looks and feels like it fits into their personal spaces. “Your PC should be really versatile and adapt to whichever environment you’re in and how you want to use it,” she says.

Consumers also want to feel good about their purchase, which increasingly means choosing brands that care for the finite resources on our shared planet. A 2021 report by research firm IDC found that 43% of 1,000 decision-makers said sustainability was a critical factor in their tech-buying choices.

As the Personal Systems designers charge ahead into a sustainable future — whatever it brings — they’ll surely do it in their iterative, measured, and collaborative way.

“When it comes to sustainability, it’s all about forward progress, and everyone’s job is a sustainability job,” Wolff says. “As founder Dave Packard said, ‘The betterment of our society is not a job to be left to the few. It’s a responsibility to be shared by all.’”

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Killexams : The Razor’s Edge Episode 4: Personas and Technology Solutions

The Razor’s Edge, a podcast series that examines “IT Services for the New Way to Work,” is produced by in partnership with HP Inc. In the series, HP’s technology experts provide unique insights into the challenges associated with digital transformation and discuss how innovative, cloud-based services, solutions, and software can help you plan and prepare for what lies ahead.

The Razor’s Edge is hosted by Leif Olson, distinguished technologist at HP Inc. He’s joined by Bruce Michelson, distinguished technologist emeritus at HP; Jeff Malec, HP lifecycle strategist and technology and solutions evangelist; and Cody Gerhardt, HP distinguished technologist and a chief technologist.

In Episode 4, the group walks us down the path to simplify IT by dealing with groups of people who have similar requirements but may not necessarily do the same job. Often, this is called the development of “personas.”

Here are some highlights:

Bruce: Personas are an interesting topic. Early on in my career, believe it or not, I felt as though we always were treating different people differently, given their roles, given their jobs, effectively, their “persona.” Executives were always treated differently, with a set of entitlements, as were engineers. But that was too simplistic. Hence, the user segmentation methodology was born. And that begat the output, which is the personas. And we’re going to be talking with our teammates about what those personas look like.

Leif: What’s the number that we should be looking at before we start creating personas based on groups of people, so we don’t end up with 100 personas within one organization? That would be unmanageable.

Jeff: Yeah, 100 personas are completely unmanageable. And the intent here is to is to divide folks up into between five and seven groups. Each group should have at least 10% of the population, so they’re relevant. However, there’s another issue. We have five distinct generations in the workforce. They are different and have their own attitudes. Back to Bruce: You’ve done a considerable work around demographics, how it’s impacting organizations and how they should respond. And you call it “Planet Me.”

Bruce: Planet Me is what we’re living on right now. And what’s very interesting about Planet Me is it’s a planet that’s shifting. Alphas are the generation that’s going to be coming into the workforce and will be the sixth generation in the workforce. But you got 5% to 7% of the workforce that is Gen Z; 20% to 25% who are millennials; Gen X, which is about 30% to 35% of workers; and baby boomers, who are 20% to 25%. Each have their own understanding, expectations, and skills with technology. However, by the year 2030, millennials, Gen Z, and alphas will represent anywhere up to 50% or more of the workforce, and they are the most technology-savvy generations.

Leif: So, when I look at my total population within an organization, obviously not everyone is going to fit within a persona. But what’s the target that we’re looking for? Are we looking for, you know, 50% to be within personas, or 70%, 75%, 90%? What are we looking at here? And why?

Bruce: User segment personas are going to end up being about 80% of the total. There are probably thousands of job codes and job descriptions, many of which are free form. Personas are what these roles are aggregated into.

Jeff: The reality is, you look at the highest level of entitlements in that particular persona and then assign that group to that persona. That way, you’re not necessarily underserving them and then having to recategorize them later. Always try to put somebody in the highest level that they qualify for.

Leif: Thanks for that great discussion on the process of user segmentation that leads to the implementation of personas. Hopefully, the listeners out there understand a little bit more about why this is such an important process to implement so that IT can provide the right solutions for the right users and provide the best experience possible.

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Don’t miss Episode 1: Modern Management, Episode 2: The Great Resignation and Episode 3: Busting Some BYOD Myths

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Killexams : 9 Online Programs to Boost Your Business Skills

The internet is practically infinite. With that size comes the ability to learn just about anything, from how to change a tire to how trade tariffs will impact long-term economic growth. For business owners, there are endless resources to further business education. No matter what role you’re in now or what stage your business is in, there are several ways to learn new skills and business concepts for the future.

A lot of these online resources are free, and you can learn at your own pace. This means you can focus your necessary attention on growing your business or improving in your current role while studying on the side. Regardless of what you want to learn, it’s easy to get access to university and college courses for no charge.


Courses on Coursera are taught by leading experts and instructors from the world’s best universities. Business owners have access to video lectures, community discussion forums and auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments. There’s a wide-range of content, from free to paid online, university-recognized degrees. There are several tracks and hundreds of courses to choose from. Topics range from programs like Excel to business practices like financial accounting. Coursera offers both paid and free courses, depending on what you’re looking to learn.

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Business owners can enroll in various free online courses from top institutions around the globe with edX. You don’t have to apply for individual applications, courses are open 24/7 to join, and you can take courses on your own schedule. These courses are taught by university experts but are non-credit courses. You can get a Verified certificate to prove you’ve mastered the class and concepts, however. Business courses range from critical thinking to data modeling. There are also courses in Spanish.

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Hello Fearless

Hello Fearless is an online school for female entrepreneurs. It provides courses and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs looking to advance their careers. The website’s educational component, Boss School, has educated more than 175,000 entrepreneurs. It’s a 90-day course that provides real-world education, mentors for future growth and community support. There are limited spots, so you’ll have to apply and tell Hello Fearless a bit about your business. If you’re looking for more online-based learning, there are inspirational articles plus other content on Hello Fearless’s website about entrepreneurship.

HP Life

Tech giant Hewitt-Packard provides a free training program called HP LIFE (Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs) to educate business owners on common business challenges and technology solutions. Its courses span communications, finance, marketing and operations. There are even designated courses for startups. HP has partnered with various companies to bring users unique education opportunities. These courses are ideal for new business owners or workers looking to build out knowledge on their current role.

Learn more at is an online video education website that provides hundreds of courses on a variety of topics. Lynda isn’t free, but they provide a free trial period so you can determine if the service is ideal for your needs. Lynda provides great resources for using software programs, such as Adobe Creative Cloud. It also provides designated learning paths, so you can take courses along a learning path until you’re an expert in that area.

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The Open University is a free online learning platform that touches on a variety of topics, such as IT, Design and Law. You can browse OpenLearn’s offering by courses, qualification or subject. It features several business-specific courses, such as business management, economics and marketing. For defined degrees, The Open University may require tuition.

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Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration has been supporting U.S. businesses for generations. In addition to providing loans and other services, the government agency also has an extensive learning center on its website. The courses on SBA are free and are great for young entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to learn business basics. Courses on writing a business plan, learning about financing options and understanding legal requirements are all provided by the Small Business Administration. There are courses on savings plans, social media marketing and sales. The SBA offers a lot of hands-on, real-world business education resources.

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Thrive Time Show

This online platform provides various resources for small businesses. In addition to conference information, business coaching and a business podcast, Thrive Time Show also has a business school. It’s a massive library of 15-minute training courses taught by successful entrepreneurs. The company supports various Topics ranging from copywriting to financing. While Thrive Time Show’s business school is a good resource, it’s a paid service. The company advertises a $1 per month fee, but you’ll have to talk with a sales representative about cost depending on what you’re looking to learn.

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Udacity provides online courses and learning resources for individuals interested in entering the tech industry. This platform focuses on data, artificial intelligence and other trending Topics in technology. It breaks down learning paths into nanodegrees. Depending on which courses you sign up for, Udacity may charge a fee.

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Killexams : Axios Media purchased by Cox Enterprises

NEW YORK (AP) — It's an old and new media marriage: Axios Media, the digital news site known for its to-the-point blurbs on politics, tech and business, is being acquired by Cox Enterprises, the media conglomerate that owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Kelley Blue Book and major broadband internet services.

Cox said Monday that it plans to push the online news provider into new markets while broadening its coverage “into more cities, covering more national Topics and more premium niches for professionals.”

Axios, citing sources, reported that the deal is worth $525 million. In a story about the deal, Axios used its trademark “Why it matters:" section to explain the companies' motives behind the acquisition.

“The deal is structured to ensure investments will continue to flow into local news at a time when most commercial investors have abandoned local markets,” the story says, adding that Axios began a “significant expansion” into local news in 2020.

For Cox, the deal may be speculative, but “they see it as a way forward, as there is still great loss and great change in local media," said news media analyst Ken Doctor. The deal is a sign that media company sees Axios's “low-cost model that is digital only" as one that might work in other, local markets.

Many digital-first media companies are faltering financially. Buzzfeed, which went public in late 2021, has offered buyouts to high-profile news staffers on its investigations, inequality, politics and science teams, as it focuses more on big breaking news and light-hearted content in an effort to become profitable. Vox Media, meanwhile, recently laid off 39 people, according to multiple media reports.

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Killexams : Himachal Pradesh-Centre stand-off over ‘tribal’ tag for Trans-Giri No result found, try new keyword!As the Centre moves to grant Scheduled Tribe status to Trans-Giri region in Himachal Pradesh which will categorise all residents across castelines as ‘tribal’, the state government may do an aboutface ... Thu, 28 Jul 2022 06:52:30 -0500 en-in text/html Killexams : Making Sustainability a Key Part of B2B Sales Conversations

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There’s no question that sustainability is an increasingly urgent priority for corporations, as regulators, boards, investors and consumers demand more sustainable ways of doing business. But companies are not in sole control of whether they achieve their sustainability goals.

Suppliers directly impact their customers’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals—in ways that many procurement specialists, IT decision makers and even some C-suite leaders may still be overlooking. IT vendors who can bridge this gap have an opportunity to deepen their relationships with customers and turn a tailored tech solution into something much bigger and better, but time is of the essence. In a latest McKinsey report about how businesses can play offense in the global transition to net-zero, the report’s authors say that in the B2B space, companies that act early will have a long-term advantage. Why? Because “customer relationships are difficult to undo.”

So, what does that mean for IT partners and salespeople? Bringing sustainability into the core of B2B relationship building requires some education and new forms of exploration, but the benefits we enable by doing so are essential to our planet and full of opportunity.

Help customers understand the impact of IT on their sustainability efforts

Sustainability is an extraordinarily broad topic. No one person can master every aspect of it. Likewise, while organizations feel urgency to address it in their operations, there is no template for setting sustainability goals, much less reaching them. And in some cases, sustainability efforts may not be aligned throughout an organization. A member of the C-suite may be more likely to prioritize sustainability than someone working in tech procurement, a function that historically has focused on cost and other factors above all.

For IT vendors, this fragmented landscape requires a focus on education and deep collaboration. If sustainability isn’t on your customer contact’s radar, you need to put it there. Even if your contacts are already focused on pursuing sustainability goals, it’s critical to let them know the specific ways you can help them reduce their carbon emissions, reduce wasteful packaging, contribute to a more circular economy and more—and how you can architect an IT solution that can evolve as regulations and expectations do.

When we look at the rapid growth of IT services worldwide—a market expected to reach $1.3 trillion this year—the conversation cannot just be about companies becoming more agile and scalabile in deploying technology. Services are a critical part of sustainability transformation. In fact, HP’s service offerings have been shown to reduce GHG emissions, Improve resource efficiency, decrease ecosystem impact and more.

Sustainability as a service

As technology continues to advance and customer expectations for customized solutions rise, IT vendors must increasingly provide solutions rather than products. This shift requires deeper relationships and closer communication so that vendors fully understand a customer’s needs today, and can help anticipate them in the future.

Sustainability is a business challenge for every customer. By definition, IT partners help businesses address mission-critical needs. An IT partner that can merge the necessity of enabling a workforce’s technology connections while also moving the needle on big-picture sustainability commitments demonstrates their potential to help an organization Improve over the long term. That said, there is no question that this requires investment from partners and salespeople. Customers will seek guidance not only on the specs of a device but on the nuance of everything from ecolabels to emissions—particularly as environmental standards and industry best practices continue to evolve rapidly.

The ripple effects of sustainability

Ultimately, being aligned with customers on sustainability opens up a whole new conversation by expanding the impact IT vendors can produce.

For example, while we know workers have always appreciated an employer who offers cuttingedge technology, sustainability is impacting employee satisfaction in increasingly meaningful ways. In this dynamic labor market where workers are quitting in record numbers, sustainability is top of mind for many job seekers: A latest study revealed that a quarter of respondents would refuse a job offer based on a company’s lack of support for climate action. And 70% said they would be likely to quit a job at a company that fails to implement sustainable business practices.

The benefits of these partnerships also accrue for the IT industry as well. As we weave sustainability into the essence of more of our solutions, our impact expands exponentially and the more value we can offer customers—and society— in perpetuity.

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Killexams : Alex Jones once embodied unconventional Austin. Post-Sandy Hook, his reputation has fallen

AUSTIN, Texas — Alex Jones drew a few quizzical looks as he and his posse of security guards and attorneys strolled into lunch last Tuesday across the street from the courthouse where jurors have been tasked with deciding how much he should have to pay for the lies he made famous through his globe-spanning website, Infowars.

Around the Texas capital, Jones is infamous for his angry run-ins with hecklers and protesters. But that afternoon, Jones was mostly met with indifference from the crowded lunchroom and after ordering a cup of coffee, he hastily left the restaurant leaving several of his attorneys behind.

As if unable to help himself, he hurled a few loud insults at a table full of reporters on his way out the door.

In a series of interviews over the last week, local residents said Jones’ reputation is not what it once was in Austin, the city where he built his first audience by spewing conspiracy theories on local public access television and radio before the internet lifted his ideas and spread them to millions of followers, including powerful figures like former president Donald Trump.

One coffee shop patron noted years ago it was common to find stickers advertising Infowars plastered to light poles and street signs around town — a kind of satirical homage to the city’s “Keep Austin Weird” campaign.

Now, however, he said it’s rare to see advertising for Jones around town, and his public image has soured amid his multiple legal battles with Sandy Hook families and embrace of a far-right message.

But Jones got his practice promoting conspiracy theories like the one that has him facing three defamation damages trials in Texas and Connecticut on the Austin airwaves.

Alex Jones speaks to the media outside the 459th Civil District Court on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 in Austin, TX. Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis are suing Alex Jones and InfoWars over his repeated claims that the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a "false flag operation" conducted by the government. (Sergio Flores/Hearst Media)

Alex Jones speaks to the media outside the 459th Civil District Court on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 in Austin, TX. Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis are suing Alex Jones and InfoWars over his repeated claims that the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a "false flag operation" conducted by the government. (Sergio Flores/Hearst Media)

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“He had this sort of history of trying to get attention and saying what needed to be said in order to get attention,” said Amy Sanders, a former journalist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin

Jones’ rise in Austin counter-culture

Jones was born in Dallas in 1974 and later moved with his family to Austin, which is where he got his start in the 1990s hosting a call-in show on Austin Community Public Access Television.

Several events around that time quickly became fodder for Jones’ early conspiracies and rants about government cover ups.

In 1993, a siege by federal agents that resulted in the deaths of 86 members of a Branch Davidians compound in Waco, Texas — about 100 miles from Austin — became a course of fascination for Jones, who later produced a documentary on the raid and led an effort to rebuild the church. Several years later, Jones began spreading “false flag” conspiracy theories about the Oklahoma City bombing by white nationalists, a theory that he later would use when talking about Sandy Hook.

Sanders said that Jones’ beliefs did not depart very far from the culture of public broadcasting in Austin at the time — noting that other hosts often used their airtime to discuss UFOs and other “fringe” beliefs.

“Most people today of course think of Austin as this very liberal bastion, but back when Alex Jones was running his public access television show, the counterculture was really sort of generically anti-authoritarian, a don’t-tell-me-what-to-do kind of culture,” Sanders said.

Jones’ also found a receptive audience in Austin’s counter-culture scene, Sanders said, and he was soon hosting evening talk shows on KJFK, a local radio station. In 1997, the readers of the alternative weekly Austin Chronicle voted Jones “Best Looking Crank,” and two years later dubbed him the city’s “best” talk radio host.

“Interestingly he was fired by the radio station shortly thereafter because advertisers had started to react negatively as he got, let’s say, more grandiose in his conspiracies,'' Sanders said.

By that point, however, Jones’ fame enabled him to secure a deal with Genesis Communication Network, a radio company that broadcast Jones’ show on over 100 stations across the country, according to Sanders. By the early 2000s, Jones had also launched Infowars as an online platform to sell products to his listeners.

Reputation today

As Jones’ fame grew, so did his notoriety in the city of Austin, with its large population of college students and an influx of residents from more traditionally liberal states like California.

Dylan Lindsey, a 21-year-old former student at the University of Texas, likened Jones to the actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey for the sporadic sightings that students and Austinites are known to report around town.

Only with Jones, Lindsey said, those run-ins are often at local protests or parades where tensions run high and conflicts have occurred. While Lindsey said he's never personally encountered Jones, he said a few of his friends in college were "harassed" by the radio host at a demonstration several years ago.

"This is definitely a more liberal city in general, so I think it's going to be difficult for him to find a favorable jury," Lindsey said while visiting with friends outside the Herman Marion Sweatt County Courthouse as jury selection took place last week.

One current Texas student, 23-year-old Michael Hilborn, said he had seen Jones on several occasions around Austin while participating in Black Lives Matter marches and other protests.

“He just kind of shows up at large gatherings and tries to incite stuff to get attention,” said Hilborn, referring to Jones as the “town idiot.”

Yet while Jones’ public tirades often simply result in laughs from passers-by, Hilburn said that his show and conspiracy theories are still attractive to a small segment of the city’s population. “When people start taking what he says seriously, he becomes dangerous,” Hilburn said.

Jones himself was characteristically confident when asked about his reputation within the city, saying it was “better than ever.”

“All I get is like, basically high fives and support most places I go,” Jones said. “There are some areas where particularly super uneducated folks who aren’t into politics just don’t know who I am.” (A week later, Jones told reporters that he is planning to move out of the city to avoid its “weaponized” court jurisdiction).

For others, however, Jones is little more than a longtime subject of local news coverage for his controversies, or perhaps a voice that comes over the airwaves while flipping through radio stations during long drives across Texas’ hinterlands.

John Auchterlonie, a 65-year-old Travis County resident who was one of dozens people called for jury service last week, said he had occasionally come across Jones’ show on local radio over the years. His passing familiarity with Jones did not factor into jury selection, he said, and he was dismissed from the jury pool near the end of the day.

“I know who he is,” Auchterlonie told a reporter outside the courthouse. “He’s not my cup of tea.”

With Infowars broadcast online around the world, Sanders said that Jones today relies on his network of listeners who are willing to purchase everything from seeds and toothpaste to freeze dryers from the site, calling it “the real key to Alex Jones’ success.” Attorneys representing the families of Sandy Hook victims have estimated the size of Jones’ audience to be in the tens of millions of people just in the United States.

Other than his occasional appearances in front of the media and television cameras at public demonstrations, however, Jones does little to make his presence in Austin well known.

The location of his Infowars studios is nominally a secret kept by Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems LLC. In bankruptcy papers filed with the court last week, however, the company listed its place of business at an office park near the highway about four miles south of downtown. (In another set of filings, Jones’ listed the company’s address as being on the top floor of a ritzy downtown office building).

At the office park location last week there was a series of several small offices with tinted windows facing the parking lot. At least one of the offices appeared to be abandoned, while the others had blinds or black paper further covering whatever was inside. No one answered the door.

When a reporter asked a man working at a nearby security services company whether Infowars was located next door, the man declined to discuss the course and quickly closed the door.

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Killexams : Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) Expected to Earn Q3 2023 Earnings of $1.40 Per Share

Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHPGet Rating) – Jefferies Financial Group raised their Q3 2023 EPS estimates for Microchip Technology in a report issued on Wednesday, August 3rd. Jefferies Financial Group analyst M. Lipacis now expects that the semiconductor company will post earnings per share of $1.40 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $1.27. The consensus estimate for Microchip Technology’s current full-year earnings is $5.38 per share. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Microchip Technology’s Q4 2023 earnings at $1.24 EPS, FY2024 earnings at $5.13 EPS and FY2025 earnings at $5.23 EPS.

Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHPGet Rating) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 2nd. The semiconductor company reported $1.37 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.27 by $0.10. Microchip Technology had a net margin of 21.34% and a return on equity of 44.90%. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.88 EPS.

MCHP has been the course of several other reports. Cowen lifted their target price on shares of Microchip Technology from $60.00 to $72.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 3rd. The Goldman Sachs Group cut their price objective on shares of Microchip Technology from $76.00 to $61.00 in a report on Friday, July 15th. Bank of America cut their price target on shares of Microchip Technology from $85.00 to $74.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. Needham & Company LLC boosted their price target on shares of Microchip Technology from $75.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 3rd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised shares of Microchip Technology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price objective for the company from $70.00 to $75.00 in a report on Tuesday, June 28th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seventeen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from, Microchip Technology currently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus price target of $89.73.

Microchip Technology Trading Down 1.8 %

MCHP opened at $71.46 on Monday. The company’s 50 day moving average is $63.66 and its 200-day moving average is $68.26. The company has a current ratio of 1.78, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27. Microchip Technology has a 1-year low of $54.33 and a 1-year high of $90.00. The company has a market cap of $39.48 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.27, a PEG ratio of 0.94 and a beta of 1.62.

Microchip Technology Increases Dividend

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 19th will be given a dividend of $0.301 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 18th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.68%. This is an increase from Microchip Technology’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.28. Microchip Technology’s dividend payout ratio is currently 40.44%.

Insiders Place Their Bets

In related news, Director Karlton D. Johnson sold 594 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.35, for a total value of $40,005.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. In other news, CEO Ganesh Moorthy bought 8,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 17th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $57.29 per share, for a total transaction of $458,320.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 720,313 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $41,266,731.77. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Karlton D. Johnson sold 594 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.35, for a total value of $40,005.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 9,564 shares of company stock worth $637,217. 2.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge Funds Weigh In On Microchip Technology

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MCHP. Landmark Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Microchip Technology during the 1st quarter worth approximately $30,000. Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC increased its holdings in Microchip Technology by 83.6% in the 4th quarter. Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC now owns 303 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $26,000 after purchasing an additional 138 shares in the last quarter. Tortoise Investment Management LLC increased its holdings in Microchip Technology by 100.0% in the 4th quarter. Tortoise Investment Management LLC now owns 334 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $29,000 after purchasing an additional 167 shares in the last quarter. Riverview Trust Co acquired a new stake in shares of Microchip Technology during the first quarter valued at about $26,000. Finally, Capital Advisors Ltd. LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Microchip Technology during the fourth quarter valued at about $30,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.36% of the company’s stock.

Microchip Technology Company Profile

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Microchip Technology Incorporated develops, manufactures, and sells smart, connected, and secure embedded control solutions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company offers general purpose 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers; 32-bit embedded microprocessors markets; and specialized microcontrollers for automotive, industrial, computing, communications, lighting, power supplies, motor control, human machine interface, security, wired connectivity, and wireless connectivity applications.

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Killexams : As debate rages over Schenectady BLM mural, free speech questions floated

SCHENECTADY — A raging debate over free speech is materializing in Schenectady over three words: Black Lives Matter.

The city Republican Committee on Monday sharpened its attacks against the message painted in front of City Hall, delivering a petition containing 223 signatures calling for the words to be scrubbed or for a comparable message to be painted elsewhere — preferably “God Bless America” on Erie Boulevard, according to the GOP.

Matt Nelligan, chairman of the committee, said he’s been stonewalled by City Hall on obtaining the correct procedures one would go through to install street art, and said city policy is ambiguous. He blasted lawmakers for creating what he said was a divisive environment and said favoring one group's message is unfair.

He suggested litigation may be possible in the future.

“We want everyone’s message on a city street,” Nelligan said at Monday night's City Council meeting, “and we want you to pay for it because you paid for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ message.”

The heated discussion unfolded as a half-dozen speakers debated the art and its implications for free speech. The City Council unilaterally approved the messaging in summer 2020 following the nationwide protests responding to the murder of George Floyd by a now-convicted Minneapolis police officer.

City resident Claudia Kavanagh told the meeting that she thinks the country has been ripped apart by groups espousing the principles of  "antifa" and Black Lives Matter, and alleged the city was bullied into applying the message, which cost $10,000. (While there are local and national organizations that identify as Black Lives Matter groups, they can vary widely in their goals and strategies; "antifa" is a catchall term often used by conservatives to criticize activists that identify as anti-fascist.)

“You should have put it to a referendum vote to ask people what they wanted, but I understand you were bullied and hustled like other cities in this country,” Kavanagh said.

More than 70 murals expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement have been painted across the U.S. in the past two years. 

City resident Matt Marshall countered that Republicans have a poor understanding of the Constitution and accused them of whipping up an “imaginary bogeyman that doesn’t exist.” 

The GOP’s rhetoric around the street painting is part of its strategy to reverse the historic trends that have pushed the party to the sidelines: Republicans haven't won a citywide race in years, and Democrats enjoy a 4-1 registration advantage. The local party organization was mostly dormant until a new crop of more vocal leaders took over last year, including Nelligan and Thomas A. Kennedy III, the committee's vice president.

The issue of whether a municipality can be forced to allow political messages on public streets is settled precedent, Marshall said, pointing at last year’s decision by a U.S. District Court judge upholding a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a conservative group who unsuccessfully sought to paint a mural in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Others called for the City Council to tamp down the rhetoric and hash out issues through a diversity committee or open forums.

Roy S. Gutterman, an associate professor and director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University, said the debate unfolding in Schenectady is a merger of multiple issues: There’s the matter of government speech; what art can be created in a public forum; and accusations of content discrimination.

Multiple U.S. Supreme Court cases support government-issued speech, Gutterman said, including the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia’s belief that the chief purpose of free speech is to protect the communication of political ideas and the very business of government is to support or disavow different viewpoints.

“There’s a broad, bipartisan view that government has the right to disseminate viewpoints and information,” Gutterman said. “The government can speak on its own and disseminate information and disseminate messages that reflect the community.”

The U.S. Supreme Court 2009 decision Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, for instance, ruled that a government entity “is entitled to say what it wishes.”

The lawsuit was brought by a church that sued the Utah city after the locality allowed a Ten Commandments statue to be planted in a public park but denied the church’s request to erect their own religious monument there. 

“The city was allowed to speak the way it wanted to and dictate what goes in a public park,” Gutterman said.

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