HP announced no less than five products yesterday at a San Francisco event that tried for two hours to match the enthusiasm that Steve Jobs can create just by walking on stage in black turtleneck and pair of jeans. (Be advised, longer is always better, and that goes for product announcements, men's jeans, and other things.) The products seem promising, a slimmed down smartphone (HP Veer), a Pre 2 successor (Pre 3), and perhaps most promising an iPad-like WebOS tablet (HP Touchpad). Missing from the stage was any significant mention of the Palm brand. Palm is finally done. The question now is whether or not HP can make something of the portable pioneer's most significant achievement: the WebOS. To my mind, they have a shot if they move fast.