The Houston Area League of PC Users will be moving out of its ghost town of a 6,665 sq. ft. headquarters space in the sleepy 2-story office building at 4543 Post Oak Place Dr. a bit later than its originally announced deadline of the end of 2013. But HAL-PC isn’t leaving (as it declared last year) to find some more suitable space with more attractive rents and fewer parking problems, and so the building can work its way to a new identity as an assembly of medical clinics; it’s leaving on account of the organization is shutting down entirely. By a vote of the board of directors earlier this week, HAL-PC has chosen to disband.
Though the 32-year-old organization still proudly proclaimed itself to be the largest PC users group in the world (it was, a while back), only a couple of regular members attended HAL-PC’s annual general meeting last week. Though often stereotyped as a hub for retiree dial-up types, HAL-PC and the seventies-era decor of the atrium lobby outside Suite 200 deserve credit for their role as one of the city’s most effective high-tech incubators. As an HSPVA student and later as a UH freshman, Houston native Matt Mullenweg used to pick up database tips from the crusty IT types he met hanging out there, and later delivered presentations at meetings of HAL-PC’s PHP special-interest group — before going on to use that same technology to develop WordPress, which now ranks as the world’s most popular blogging software.
- HAL-PC, once the nation’s biggest computer user group, is no more [TechBlog]
- HAL-PC Announcements [HAL-PC]
Photos: J. Michael Bennet, MD (exterior); HAL-PC (lobby and map)