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Re: Worst design decisions?
On Thu, 18 Sep 2003 email@example.com wrote: : Without a question: PS/2 style keyboard and mouse connectors. Impossible : to tell from each other, And this part is somewhat funny, too, because the PS/2 connector layout is capable of having both devices share the same bus (there's two unconnected pins, which some laptops use to provide alternate CLK/DATA signals). If PS/2 mice used the unconnected pins rather than the same CLK/DATA pins as the keyboard, all machines could simply have two connectors using all six pins and you'd be able to plug either device into either socket. A real "bus" would have been better yet, but we're talking about a spec that came from a company bent on continuing to use simple TTL-based clocked communications with collision detection only available by extra bus lines (read: "bus and tag" 8-). -- -- Todd Vierling <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>