Originally Posted by kennyt
I suspect Andrew is right. This brings me back to the main problem in automation/integration today.
Everyone is trying to make a system to control lighting, distribute music, etc, but NONE of them use the same techniques or methods and are all incompatible with each other.
The best analogy I've heard was to compare this to shipping. Every shipping container is the same size, they fit obn cargo ships, trains and semi's allowing them to freely go by any route to get to there destination.
We have countless music servers, lighting systems etc and ALL of them use proprietary systems to function. Imagine how easy all these things would be if they all had a defined, standard connections. Something like how Firewire is defined. Any computer to use Firewire works with it. Imagine if all the multitude of current high end home systems could do that??
You're right, standardization doesn't exist in the PC world. It would be lovely if the multitude of high end systems could do these things - with a defined standard (be it firewire or USB 2.0)