WILFITT – The History of USB and How HP Missed It

For those of us who don’t know the history of  USB, it’s been around since 1996.  Here’s some interesting facts (Thanks Wikipedia):

–  Designer:  Ajay Bhatt, Intel
–  Manufacturer Intel, Compaq, Microsoft, NEC, Digital
–  About 2 billion USB devices sold annually.
–  Up to version 3.0

It’s a really widely adopted standard, especially computer peripherals, like mice.

Except if you’re Hewlett-Packard.

Somehow they missed the change.  Seeing how they ship a PS2 mouse with every HP desktop we order.

We’ve been ordering some real nice HP desktops (8000 Elites).  Great PCs for the business.

At least they have a PS2 motherboard connection, but really?  PS2? Sure it keeps costs down. I mean they’ve got to be saving at least 20¢.

Box of PS2 Mice

Anyone need a PS2 mouse?

But it’s cool. They go really well with our, wait for it, …

PS2 Keyboard

PS2 Keyboard

Seriously, I should stop by Palo Alto with a firewall cable and watch all the HP engineers freak out.

 

DS

 

 

 

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About Doug Sigmon

IT Helpdesk manager in southern California. Love technology, gadgets, and golf.
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