ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 10 Epic Phail PC Technologies: Firewire

Updated on May 25, 2009

To apply the vernacular of the modern online PC enthusiast: Firewire is an Epic Phail. Why?

Firewire has massively disappointed the expectations of the techy crowd which just a few years ago fully expected it to be "the next big thing." At the time that the first Firewire standard was premiered, USB 1.0 was still the standard on most PCs and for a short time it seemed as if Firewire was going to dethrone SCSI for the segment of computer users which required peripheral connections which functioned at the highest possible bandwidth.

Apple was the first "true believer and evangelist" of Firewire as they incorporated ports into most of the higher end Macs with the expectation that Firewire was going to do darn near everything, including setting up RAID systems.

Then, USB 2.0 was introduced and it turned out that it was more than sufficient an interface for the currently existing cameras, portable hard drives, printers, and a nearly infinite range of just about everything else. For the higher bandwidth internal requirements, SATA established itself as the new standard, and Firewire was left as the exclusive domain of a handful of higher end video equipment and a few bits and bobs here and there.

Today the USB connection is about as universal as the audio port. I doubt you'd be able to find too many PCs on the market today which do not embrace USB technology. Even the most greenhorn neophyte computer user can plug in a USB connector into the right port, and thus it has become a part of the modern computing experience.

This is not to say that USB is a great system. The connector was designed by a committee of lobotomized vegetables. You have to look very carefully at the connector to determine which side is up, which is often nearly impossible when you're scrunched up underneath a desk trying to plug in a gaggle of connectors into the proper ports behind a case.

Would it have hurt them to make one side marked with a big yellow arrow, or to engineer the connector asymmetrically so that it was obvious which way it went in? It's very easy to push in the connector upside down with disastrous results and it could have so easily been designed in such a way that this common error would be next to impossible. Even if you get the connector in right side up, a good sideways yank on the cable will likely result in ruining the connector, the port, or both.

Firewire today is nothing more than an inconvenience. Unless you're very careful and proactive in doing your homework, you may find that you've just brought home a portable video recorder with a Firewire interface and then realize that your computer is not equipped to connect to it. Many new PCs do not incorporate Firewire, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Why saddle your PC with an expensive interface that is supported only by a few esoteric devices?

There is no disputing that Firewire is a considerably superior technology to USB 2.0, especially when it comes to considering high bandwidth requirements in an external peripheral interface. Then again, there are various other high bandwidth interfaces existing in the universe of computer technology which most PC users have never heard of and would have no use for even if they had. Fortunately or unfortunately, we have to place Firewire firmly within that constellation of completely pointless junk.

Continued in


Top 10 Epic Phail PC Technologies: Itanium


Back To Start

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)