Can we get some standards people?
The Web Standards Project (WaSP) fights for standards within the web industry. They lobby on behalf of all web developers to have browser companies adhere to community developed standards. Whether the browser companies actually listen to them is another story, but at least there is an organization that works for the people. It seems to me we need MORE of these types of organizations because things are getting out of hand.
Here are just a few areas that come to mind that could greatly benefit from some standards:
The most common types of flash memory cards for digital cameras are: CompactFlash (CF), Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick and xD-Picture Card. The type of memory card you’ll need is determined by which digital camera you use.
Can we not just have one format please? I bought a new Cannon camera and now all my old memory cards from my old camera, a Kodak, don’t work. Thanks people.
Also, as long as we’re talking about digital cameras and standardizations – how bout you standardize on batteries too? Are you in the battery business or the camera business?
Printer Ink Cartridges
This is all #()%#@ up. Not only does every printer company use its own proprietary ink cartridges, but there are actually different cartridges WITHIN the same company! Why?
Let’s face it, there isn’t a lot of technology involved in the actual cartridge — they’re just little holders of ink. Why can’t they all just standardize and place their focus on making a better printer?
Why so many different motherboard variations? The use of different chipsets for each motherboard really limits you from upgrading your computer. And should you decide to upgrade, you have to take your entire computer apart. It would be really nice to see some standardizations here.
High definition movies are barely out of the gate and that horse is down. Nothing has hurt this more than the lack of standards. Blu-ray or HD DVD? Neither! I’ll wait to see who wins first.
What areas do you see that could benefit from some standards?