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Subject: Re: low-tech ways to avoid polarity problems
From: Fred Maxwell (rockbox_at_anti-spam.org)
Date: 2004-03-18


VanBaren, Gerald (AGRE) wrote:

> Sorry for feeding the troll, but...

I assume you mean "being a troll."

>>Just how innovative is it to make a coaxial power plug that's
>>just like
>>an existing one but is .5mm larger in outside diameter? And would we
>>really be better off if we didn't 'stifle innovation' by having
>>standards for house current voltage, frequency, outlets, and plugs?
>
>
> You apparently have not traveled internationally ;-)

I know how nightmarish that is. Now imagine if we had all of those
"standards" in the U.S. Think about having "adapters" on every lamp,
laptop, wall wart, etc. to plug into the wall. Imagine going from your
subdivision to your friends and finding that they had a different style
of plug, different voltage, and different frequency. Not a pretty picture.

Look at the Archos problem here. Because there was no standard for the
polarity, at least two people fried their Archos units. Had there been
a standard, that would not have happened. I agree with Chris, who
initially started the thread on the need for standards.

Regards,
   Fred Maxwell

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