When
· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · January
· · · · 06 (1 entry)

TPSM 5: Standardization · Life would be im­pos­si­ble with­out stan­dard­s: you couldn’t build hous­es or cars or elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances; cook­ing would be a re­al chal­lenge, and medicine would be driv­en back to the era of sym­pa­thet­ic mag­ic. In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy works bet­ter when it’s standards-based: to­day, you can plug pret­ty well any com­put­er in­to pret­ty well any net­work jack and there’s a good chance it will Just Work; when a com­put­er is at­tached to a LAN, you can usu­al­ly mount any of its disks on any oth­er com­put­er in the LAN with­out much trou­ble; you can usu­al­ly click on a mu­sic file and sound will start com­ing out of your com­put­er speak­er­s. And so on. Does this mean that when a new tech­nol­o­gy comes over the hori­zon, the de­gree to which it’s stan­dard­ized is go­ing to have a ma­jor in­flu­ence on whether it makes the big time? ...
 
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