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Subject: Re: Strategic design flaws & omissions Date: 1/1/2013 5:37 PM
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stevenjklein,

and an ethernet port is physically taller than the computer itself!

Personally, I find wired Ethernet to be vastly superior to WiFi, unless of course you really do need mobility. (I find that there's pretty much no time where I'm actually moving while using the Internet... usually I'm sitting somewhere, and that somewhere could have a jack.)

Especially public WiFi, which is getting bogged down, and will be bogged down far worse as all these MIMO devices that tie up multiple channels (like the new Kindles) become popular and everyone tries to stream HD video. I'd much rather have a gigabit Ethernet connection at McDonald's or Starbucks or wherever... just plug in and it works, no need for passwords to keep people outside the store off their network.

I think it's incredibly weird that twisted-pair Ethernet is still using only the same-old original connector (the 1975 mod-plug, no less!). I mean, come on, even USB alone has, like, 27 different styles of connectors. Why can't twisted-pair Ethernet have a new slim connector that would fit on all these small devices? Maybe throw some power on the connector while they're at it (something easier than power-over-Ethernet). Or if you don't add power, make an induction-coupled connector, since Ethernet is transformer-coupled anyway. That be great for places like McDonald's, since it'd be pretty much tamper-proof and could be hosed down without any damage.

Phil
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