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Photos: A trip down HP's memory lane

In 1960, when Hewlett-Packard built offices and a new boardroom at 1501 Page Mill Road in Palo Alto, Calif., the facility was state of the art and evoked the new frontier. Now, it's a nostalgic reminder of a time when people smoked in their offices and nearly every available surface was covered with simulated wood paneling.

HP doesn't throw out a lot--the 20-foot table in the main conference room today is the same one the board used to meet around. The offices of deceased co-founders David Packard and Bill Hewlett are still intact too. We took a tour this week and here's what we found.

Is this a ride at Tomorrowland? Is it a pancake house somewhere in Los Angeles? It's the entrance to 1501 Page Mill Road.

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...