Subject: Re: USB 2.0 for the brave
To: None <>
From: Lennart Augustsson <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/22/2001 14:53:24
Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:

> Besides, the existence of USB *at all* is a joke -- firewire has been
> around, in one form or another, since before USB was even concieved, and
> does everything USB does or did, plus more.

I don't think that's true, actually.  USB is really aimed at keyboards, mice, etc.
which was not really the target for Firewire.  So I think Human Interface Devices
are more developed for USB.  That doesn't mean I think USB was a good idea
in the first place.  It would probably have been better to just standardize HID
devices for Firewire than coming up with a brand new bus.

But these things are rarely decided on technical merit.  It's mostly political.
And I think Apple managed to screw themselves again.  They charge a few
cents for every Firewire port produced in the world.  That made other companies
upset (like Intel; they've said their chipsets will not support Firewire partly because
of this).

    -- Lennart