So now users can call tech support with their mouse plugged into their monitor and say that their "computer doesn't work".
Actually, let's just pause right there. If the monitor has the correct type of outlet for the mouse's plug, why shouldn't the user be able to plug the mouse into the monitor, and have it work fine? It just means that the monitor has to serve as a peripheral hub for the computer.
I don't understand the fixation on making a completely universal plug. It seems good in theory, but what does it actually get us beyond some cable interchanging possibilities and expensive upgrades?
The ability to plug in pretty much any device into your computer without needing to have a special adapter card for it. Do you really want to go back to the bad old days where adding an external peripheral to your computer meant adding a custom adapter card just for that one peripheral?
Here's the devices that I have that plug through USB. Can you imagine what nightmare this would be without an universal plug?
- DAC with headphone amplifier
- Digital camera
- GPS receiver
- External HD
Why aren't we working on better wireless communication so that we don't need wires at all? I can't get my wireless mouse 2 feet away from the receiver, and I sure as hell don't want another cable cluttering things up.
Because we don't all really need wireless stuff.