Wang 300 Calc
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Tue Sep 11 15:22:10 CDT 2007
> Symbols and labels on connectors on consumer devices have always
> smelled like a hack to me. It would seem that the optimal solution
> is to design the connectors so that it's IMPOSSIBLE to mate them up
> improperly. Why have a mouse that can plug into the same mini-DIN
> connector into which a keyboard can plug? Why not devise each
> connector with a uniquely-shaped and sized receptacle and plug (a
> simple receptacle collar and molded cable head would do) so that
> installation becomes a matter of plugging the triangular shaped plug
> into the like-shaped receptacle? I've never heard of anyone trying
> to plug an RJ-45 network connector into a DB-25 printer socket.
And then have me moaning (both at the time and 10 years on) that I can't
get the connectors, and in the latter case I can't even buy the complete
cables any more. No thanks, I'll stick to stnadard connectors that I can
buy almost anywhere.
> For an extreme example of the wrong-headedness of thoughtless design,
> consider the lowly "wall wart" power supply. As an exercise, take
> all of the warts from all of the devices in your house and place them
> in a pile in the middle of a room. Draw the curtains and turn off
> the lights and try to match warts up with devices without toasting
> How the seeing-impaired manage in this world is beyond comprehension.
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