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the future of power

2008-08-19 23:59:23.266956+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

In the future, all devices will be powered by USB jacks, and we'll spend our lives clicking "Cancel" to the "Windows has detected a new desk lamp. Do you want to search for drivers?" dialog.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-20 00:57:25.32016+00 by: ebradway

USB sucks - partly because it carries power. And partly because manufactures think the USB connector is long and thin - so it's easy to break off.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-20 01:11:30.01992+00 by: meuon

We just got some very strange USB/Serial encryption devices in. Took a driver install CD and 4 boots to get WinVista to see it at COM1 on a system that had never seen a com port before (Vista picked Com11 first). Ran their test software to make sure they were valid devices configured how we thought they might be.

Rebooted. Linux saw it immediately as: usbserial_generic and stuck it on /dev/ttyUSB0 - We tested it with MiniCom, then started writing/testing code. In Perl. Linux and Perl rocks with serial USB devices. . < 8 hours later we had working Perl serial gateways thanks in part to: libdigest-crc-perl and libdevice-serialport-perl.

Why can't Vista, a new M$-OS do USB without weird drivers and non-standard defaults?

In Linux, I'm really liking USB devices. :)

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-20 01:12:52.249108+00 by: meuon

As a side note: 5vDC might become a household wiring standard. At least for geeks.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-20 13:42:26.735713+00 by: Dan Lyke

The only problem I can see is that we'll need to run #2 gauge wire to feed any appreciable current at that voltage, but with the profusion of USB powered devices that weren't actually communicating with the host computer on my desk yesterday I started wondering about putting USB sockets along side my 110v when we rewire...