To USB or Not to USB

Cars vs Trains and sometimes planes A few weeks ago I talked to my friend about high speed trains. He thinks they are cool, but super expensive. I think they are cool, necessary, and obsolete. I think their obsolete because robot cars and Uber/Lyft robot cars will make high speed trains difficult to justify in […]

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DisplayPort became a associated USB when USB Type-C was launched. The Type-C connector provides additional pin/signals/wires to run  simultaneous lanes of more data.  The additional lanes are called Alternate Mode or “Alt-Mode” for short.  It is possible to run both USB on the USB lines and and DisplayPort in Alt Mode. The physical connector as […]

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” —Vivian Greene   Our customers, our sales people seem to think at times that because USB is so easy to use, it’s easy to implement. It is not easy. For USB Simulation Verification – The solution space (the […]

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USB on Bikes So I went to buy new lights for my bicycle. I turns out all the new rechargeable lights use USB. In fact, they use the original mini-B connector. This is the larger, more sturdy connector. If you have a Samsung phone or android phone, it likely uses the micro-B connector which is […]

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So much buzz from CES 2017 this year with the big hitters (IMO) being autonomous cars, IoT devices for the home, specifically security, wearables, virtual reality (VR), 8K TV’s and of course USB everything. Within the space of USB, Type-C was the main theme with cables, chargers, hubs and more abundant from a varied number […]

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USB Saves Christmas After 3 days of indecision, my father bought an iPad Pro at Target for a mere $549 dollars. About 200 dollars cheaper than list price, and he got 5% back with his Target Red Card. A great deal. He brought it home. Charged it. Set it up. Went to bed. Woke up. […]

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This blog has little to do USB, but it’s the holiday season so maybe we all needed a break from high tech. This week Portland Oregon got a little snow, 2 inches, (25mm) to be more precise and it pretty much shut the city down. The weather had been below freezing for a couple of days […]

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  There has been lots of chatter on dongles now that Apple taken the leap of faith and removed all ports on the new MacBook Pros except one, the USB Type-C (USB-C) port. Now while in my opinion this is a bold move in the right direction it does lead to a transition phase where […]

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Charge with Protection With USB charging ports everywhere, when you plug in your phone to charge it in an airport or taxi, how do you know your data is protected? USB supports both power and data, so it’s possible your data is being transferred off while your phone is being charged.  You can also see […]

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Transitioning from Autonomous Automobiles = Increased Happiness, we move to USB = better health. Every wearables charger  for every FitBit and Garmin and smart watch uses USB, since it’s the universal standard. The next (obvious) step is to use USB for diagnosis.  The power of the PC combined with the flexibility of USB means you […]

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