> You have to go back a bit further, with PGP in 91, or even further back with InfoZip's encryption, IIRC. I'm sure I haven't gone to the beginning.
Very true, and I probably wasn't even the first person to compile decent encryption routines on an apple 2 either, hell, by that time someone had already developed a TCP/IP stack and gno existed.
> lightning connectors finally addressed one of the biggest annoyances - keyed connectors.
I guess that was never one of my biggest annoyances. In fact, connector wise, the real huge pain was always DIN style connectors with thin wires that had to push into individual holes in a female socket. Original USB and SATA, as basically edge card connectors that slide together, already solved 95% of the real pain.
What really gets me is the complexity. Its a connectior. Being keyed is a SMALL price to pay for lacking the complexity of specialized hardware in the cable for no other purpose than switching the pins around so you can plug it in either way. To me, it seems such a level of complexity for such a miniscule problem points far more at a desire to enforce user lock-in and freeze out aftermarket parts.....both of which I put in the category of "Screwing your own customers".