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Great. Whiteboards are already a pain in the backside, with their naff Serial to USB connections, now we'll need to add VGA to something-else connectors too?
I yearn for the return of serial and parallel connections. Things just worked! Whilst USB is convenient, it's also a very badly implemented standard.
I'll save the rest of my moans for the Football this afternoon. ;-)
And if you're still using devices that are using serial -> usb adapters, by the time you are replacing the computers with new ones you should be looking at replacing your projectors and smartboards too... As they'll be a decade old.
At least with pins they just bend/break and you have to replace a cable, with USB our lovely staff plug them in the wrong way (large force required) breaking both the cable and the port, shorting the pins in the port to ground and either causing a reboot or cooking the motherboard.
USB was progress but included so many mistakes that are only made worse by USB 3, I can't wait for lightpeak in the hopes of getting rid of the problems caused by USB and careless/clueless staff.
Well I'm glad they seem to be binning DVI. What a badly thought out standard that was! The amount of problems we've had with "is it a; DVI-D, DVI-I, DVI-D dual link, DVI-I dual link, DVI-A, DVI with USB..."! Display port is such a better thought out standard, especially how it just clips in and out rather than having pins and screws.
Must say I agree with SYNACK, the number of usb devices ive had given to me to be fixed is unreal. Besides them plugging them in the wrong way, they are too flimsy. You plug them into a laptop, laptop slides off your knee, result = snapped memory stick "which was my only copy of teh work"
And most staff have notebooks anyway, so again its pretty easy to see what goes where.
Type B connector you will end up in more or less the same situation. :(
VGA ports should have been dropped a long time ago. We have no end of trouble with them at school (ranging from broken pins, ports snapped off motherboards, having to use signal boosters etc.). :mad:
It is mildly annoying that we're being almost forced into having no choice in the matter in a relatively short space of time. Projector manufacturers better get their act in gear, as so many of them are still sold only supporting VGA, composite and S-video standards only, same with monitors, you still have to pay a premium to get anything other than VGA input on them, all the budget offerings only support VGA. Personally I've never found anything wrong with the VGA standard, still use it for everything.
We are lucky thou, our new building will be full cabled to the latest standards, but I do pity schools with an extensive infrastructure who will have to upgrade all their AV equipment becuse they won't be able to get compatible machines to connect to them easily any more. Even schools built as recently as last year I've seen only cabled with VGA ports on the faceplates, so within 4-5 years it's all going to be effectively redundant, what a waste.