it saddens me when i see people who not only fail to see farther than their own noses (the hardware they personally deal in), but also forget to look back in history (the hardware we used, grew out of, and abandoned in favor of something better - our own progress).
by your arguments, we would never have arrived to where we were 10 years ago with Fast Ethernet, VGA, serial and parallel connectors, USB1.0, parallel ATA etc., and we wouldn't be where we are today, with DisplayPort, DVI, serial ATA, optical/gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 wireless, USB2/3 etc. - all of the latter being technologies that i'm certain you enjoy thoroughly, in loving favor of the alternatives you had 10 years ago.
and i'm sure even you can figure out that if we stick with your rationale, we won't arrive at tomorrow's technology either.
I didn't argue against new standards, as much as you seem to want to put words in my mouth, but rather at you saying that because we use some older standards because we need things to work instead of using the new whizbang technology we're just a "crowd of conservative oddballs and anal retentives, barking like old dogs refusing to learn how to sit, for keeping old standards, trying to justify it by reasons of pointless, smelly compatibility that is long past its expiry date."
There are other things than just the consumer market and some of us have specialized equipment for which older interfaces are needed because replacing the equipment for no reason other than "it uses the new connector/interface" is simply ridiculous.