DSL modem recommendation

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at toybox.placo.com
Thu Feb 24 07:12:57 GMT 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Hodgins [mailto:chodgins at cis.strath.ac.uk]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 4:40 AM
> To: Ted Mittelstaedt
> Cc: markzero; freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: DSL modem recommendation
> You come across as being a very smart guy so why ask this question?  I
> am asking a general "why not USB?", not "USB modems are
> awesome and you
> should all convert!".

Sorry.  I'm just ranting.  USB ethernet is an abomination and I cannot
forgive the morons in the industry that did away with RS232 serial
ports in favor of USB.  Espically since I have tons of equipment I
service that have serial ports on them.  Ever have the pleasure of
working with one of those USB-to-serial port adapter POSs?

Seriously, if what the PC industry had done was when USB came out, just
completely did away with the keyboard port and the PS/2 mouse port, and
tied those interrupts to the USB controller, so that the new PC
required USB mice and keyboards, then I would not be so disgusted with
it.  Instead, they just layered it into the PC architecture.  I have
PCs here that when you put 2 nics in them, you lose one of the on-board
serial ports, and this is without even a sound chip in the system.


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