Title text: Fortunately, the charging one has been solved now that we've all standardized on mini-USB. Or is it micro-USB? Shit.
In the world, there are a ridiculous number of different charging ports and other types of connectors, all competing to be the universal standard for all devices. For example, USB, mini-USB, micro-USB, the now-defunct Apple charger, and a few dozen more. This results in people having way too many cords for all their different devices, instead of just a few universal cords, and also makes producing improved cords extremely difficult. Cueball and Ponytail recognize the problem, and decide to design a new, standard cord to attempt to unify the world of chargers; however, because the competitors are, of course, competitive and will naturally resist suddenly submitting to the new standard, their attempted standard simply becomes another competing device for the universal standard, thus increasing the problem. This sort of situation occurs often in the development of standards in technology.
- How Standards Proliferate
- (See: A/C chargers, character encodings, instant messaging, etc.)
- There are 14 competing standards.
- Cueball: 14?! Ridiculous! We need to develop one universal standard that covers everyone's use cases.
- Ponytail: Yeah!
- Situation: There are 15 competing standards.