Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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re: come on this is stupid
by PainKilleR on Mon 12th Jul 2004 14:14 UTC

There are to many bottlenecks, and the fact that nobody wants to drop old standards is part of the probelm. Macs have dropped propertiery connections now. They dropped floppy discs years ago. Intel motherboards still need PS2. most stil require parallel and Serial ports, though USB is far faster and easier to use and Firewire is even better. You want the next generation of stuff you have to pay for it, and be prepared to accept the change.

The standards for x86-based computers dropped floppy drives and most of the connections you mentioned a long time ago as well. The problem is that many different people are producing x86 motherboards and they still perceive some need, on the part of the users, for those connections. Intel motherboards do not need or require PS2, parallel, and serial ports, nor do they need floppy connectors. They simply have them because the manufacturers fear that they might lose customers without them.

Still, if these were an issue in the bootup time, disabling them and using an OS that is willing to ignore them would solve the problem. In fact, some of the improvement in boot speeds for Windows XP and Me came from ignoring devices connected to these ports until they were needed (especially serial and parallel). All of them can be disabled in BIOS on most recent (anything with BIOS-level support for USB keyboards, say in the last 3-5 years) computers.

As for USB and firewire, the first has been standard (and shipped) on x86 motherboards longer than it's been supported by any operating system, and the latter is only of any real use if you're going to connect to high speed devices that won't be faster on IDE (or that must be external for some reason). If the device is slow enough that USB won't be a bottleneck for it, then firewire shouldn't even be considered. Then again, I've got a handful of firewire ports on my system anyway (including the one on the sound card that may be some derivative for all I know), and simply have no devices to plug into them.