[time-nuts] If any of your USB devices have stopped working lately...

John Allen john at pcsupportsolutions.com
Fri Oct 24 00:14:36 EDT 2014


Hi Rick - I believe it was CompuServe (which AOL later bought.)  It didn't really cause any trouble...

Regards, John K1AE
 
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From: time-nuts [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Richard (Rick) Karlquist
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:31 PM
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] If any of your USB devices have stopped working lately...

This dispute reminds me of another one.
A long long time ago, .gif was the internet standard for encoding photographs.  Far and away the favorite.  Then the owner (was it
AOL?) decided to enforce their patent by getting snotty with end users.  Almost overnight, .gif virtually disappeared off the face of the earth, to be replaced by .jpg, previously an also-ran.  The IP holder got their wish "We wish people would stop free loading on our IP.".  Be careful what you wish for as the saying goes.  Let's see if history repeats itself.

Rick Karlquist N6RK

On 10/23/2014 6:45 PM, Mark Sims wrote:
> Happened to a friend of mine.  All his Arduino stuff died.   This could be the reason:
> http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/ftdi-driver-kills-fake-ftdi-ft232
> Short story:  FTDI released a new version of their USB driver (via Windows automatic updates no less) that bricks other vendor's compatible versions of their interface chip.   They also updated their license file to indicate that this may happen...  except you never get a chance to decline the new license with automatic driver updates.  I can just hear the class action lawyers drooling...
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