Saga of the Network & Protocol Wars
Dear Friend & Subscriber:
The guys who write stories and screenplays tell us there are only seven stories in the world:
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Environment
Man vs. Machines/Technology
Man vs. the Supernatural
Man vs. Self
Man vs. God/Religion
But I now have an 8th Master Plot, one that the screenwriters failed to notice. It is:
Communication Protocol vs. Communication Protocol.
It's a saga of near-religious zealotry, economic avarice, propeller-head wizardry and desperate salesmanship all rolled into one.
USB vs. Firewire
USB vs. RS-232
Beta vs. VHS
DeviceNet vs. Profibus
HART vs. Foundation Fieldbus
Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD
XM Radio vs. Sirius
Standard TV vs. HDTV
ASP vs. PHP
DVD-Audio vs. SACD
Playstation 3 vs. Xbox 360
...the list goes on and on and on.
Now B&B Electronics is a growing company, but we're no 800 pound gorilla. If we invented our own protocol we'd get squashed like a bug. Little guys have to get along with everybody, so instead we help all the boys and girls play together real friendly-like.
Here are some nifty devices to help you mediate the protocol wars:
-Serial to Ethernet Converters: http://www.bb-europe.com/product_family.asp?FamilyId=120
-Ethernet to Fiber Media Converters: http://www.bb-europe.com/product_family.asp?FamilyId=10
-Wired to Wireless Converters: Convert serial or Modbus to 900 MHz / 2.4 GHz and back, http://www.bb-europe.com/product_family.asp?FamilyId=328
-Wireless to RS-232, 422 and 485: Wirelessly connect your legacy serial devices with 802.11 to your LAN, eliminating cable installation cost. http://bb-europe.com/Subcategory.asp?SubCategoryId=26
-CAN to Fiber Optic: Send CAN signals over fiber optic cable for noise resistance and isolation.
Oh, and sorry.... can't help you on the Playstation vs. Xbox front. But it's always fun to fantasise, isn't it? Man, if I had a nifty little program that let you play Xbox games on a Playstation... well, I'd be retired with my own island on the Caribbean.
Now that I mention it, if you possess such a program, please mail me a copy in an INCONSPICUOUS UNMARKED BROWN PACKAGE. My address is: Mike's Secret Xbox/Playstation Lab, PO Box 1040, Ottawa, IL 61350.
Happy protocol conversion. And if there's something you're trying to do that I haven't covered, use the SEARCH box on our website www.bb-europe.com or call +353 91 792444 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to hear from ya.
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