Friday, August 27, 2010

USB 3.0: Everything You Need to Know

OK, this is both useless and desperate.

Why are we still putting up with this cabling nonsense? Why not develop a secure means of replacing USB with a wireless technology, even if it is even shorter range than Bluetooth? We don't need a new cable that goes 3GB/s because even if we had a device that could use such a connection, or computers can't sustain such a channel for long periods of time. 

Instead we should be able to take a hard disk, pair it with our PC wirelessly, and then it would work at whatever speed, but only as long as the drive was within 3 feet from the PC.

If we do this right, our PC will have one wire coming out of it, the power cord. Control devices should use a slower channel like Bluetooth or 802.11b/g/n, and all data channels should go over this high speed wireless channel. Even the Internet connection! We have had routers with push-button device pairings for a while, I don't see why we can't have it also work over this theoretical channel as long as the PC is within 3 feet from the router, anything higher than that would force it to fall back to WiFi. 

One more USB standard that requires a different cable and connector? We don't need that.