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HP Products and Wireless Technology Featured on "This Old House" Renovation of 1922 Colonial Revival

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 6, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) consumer technology products were recently featured on the Winchester, Mass., "This Old House" project, the remodeling of a 1922 Colonial Revival home. The digital imaging, printing, personal computing and networking products that homeowners Kim Whittemore and Bruce Leasure chose will be shown on This Old House episode No. 2218, premiering on PBS today (check local listings).

In a two-telecommuter household like Leasure and Whittemore's, the home office is not necessarily a room -- they work in the living room, the bedroom, the media room and have a printer in the kitchen. Therefore, the key technology component to the home's renovation is a wireless home networking environment that enables communication and productivity anywhere on the property.

The wireless home creates an opportunity for the homeowners to work on the patio or in any room without having to move furniture to plug in a cable or deal with a trail of wires around the house.

"A home office today is just as important as a mudroom, mega kitchen or a media room," said Steve Thomas, host of This Old House. "It's important in any renovation to factor in the need for office space at home as well as to consider the impact of various electronics, everything from local area networks to being able to gain access to various printers, routers and modems."

"This Old House by name signifies staying to the period of the home," said Leasure. "HP brought the new technology in wirelessly, which enabled our 1920's home to enter the 21st century while staying true to the time period."

In addition, Whittemore used HP digital imaging technology to create a home renovation scrapbook and as a decision-making tool regarding reconstruction and furnishing. She used the HP Photosmart 850 digital camera to gain answers quickly from professionals on how to troubleshoot various situations she encountered during the reconstruction.

"I took pictures of the furnishings I was considering, e-mailed them to the interior decorator along with pictures of the reconstructed rooms and got fast answers on how best to furnish the rooms," said Whittemore.

"HP designs its products to make the consumer's life -- work, leisure and family time -- easier," said Bob Major, event marketing manager, HP Imaging and Printing Group. "As homeowners, Kim and Bruce learned HP technology played an important part in an easy and smooth renovation process, and it allowed them to preserve the charm of the original 1922 Colonial Revival while giving them wireless products and technology to meet the modern demands of today's lifestyle."

This Old House is produced by This Old House Productions, Inc. for This Old House Ventures, Inc. and is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. This Old House Ventures, Inc. is an indirect subsidiary of Time Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc.

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