Home > Microsoft > Microsoft Wants to Get Devices Talking Microsoft Wants to Get Devices Talking Eugenia Loli 2004-05-01 Microsoft 7 Comments Hoping to make the digital living room a bit less complicated, Microsoft plans next week to discuss a new method for Windows software to talk to various digital devices. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 7 Comments 2004-05-01 8:54 pm Doesn’t Apple already have this…it’s called Rendezvous. 2004-05-01 11:14 pm nope, redezvous (or whatever you want ot call it) is equal to zeroconf. a standard for selfconfiguring network enviroments. what ms is after are probably something like bluetooth or wusb (wireless usb, intel is working on it) or just plain old usb with some added protocols. they want the windows equiped pc to be the heart and brain of the digial house, serving out stuff to dumb hardware. tcp/ip will mean that linux and others can highjack the system. in fact i allready plan on building a linux bvr (or “tivo” if you like) based on mini-itx (or maybe nano-itx) and mythtv, this way i get smart hardware that can operate in standalone but if hooked up they can share stuff among themselfs if i want them to. 2004-05-01 11:22 pm well, seems to be … http://developer.apple.com/macosx/rendezvous/ the corporation is using the function “copy&mod&paste” 2004-05-02 12:45 am I was thinking if profibus would be something useful in this case? http://www.profibus.com/ 2004-05-02 6:42 am To me is just sounds like another feature that should not be left open that I will have to keep patching but never use. 2004-05-02 5:17 pm To me is just sounds like another feature that should not be left open that I will have to keep patching but never use. Heh. Just disable it and you’ll be fine. control panel -> performance and maintenance -> administrative tools -> services -> $UNUSED_SERVICE 2004-05-03 5:14 am Heh. Just disable it and you’ll be fine. Most people will never know that it’s even possible to do so.