Fifty-six percent of readers believe that the "one-stop shop" created Monday by Compaq's acquisition of Digital Equipment is a good thing for information technology users, according to the latest NEWS.COM Poll.
However, none of these respondents wrote in to tell us why, leaving the survey's naysayers to dominate the discussion.
"Sure, it would be great to find everything you need from one vendor," reader Frank Pinzin opined. "But when that vendor kills its competition, where does our choice go? Who's to say that Compaq will provide the best systems?"
His sentiments were echoed by another reader who preferred to remain anonymous, perhaps fearing reprisal from the newest bully on the PC block.
"The technology options that the combined [company] would present are still limited," this respondent said. "There are other tech pioneers and a monolith would have the characteristic slowness to respond to the market."