I was interested to read a report in The Register of Larry Page’s CES speech, where (among many other, more notable things) he advocated a new standard for electrical power cabling for PCs and peripherals.
I didn’t hear his speech, but the reports suggest that his ideas agree with one of my blog entries from a couple of weeks ago: that it’s time to get rid of the dozens of AC-to-DC power bricks that litter our homes and offices and adopt a new power standard, where a high-quality supply (I called it a ‘power hub’) would supply DC to all of our gadgets in a more efficient, organized, and reliable manner (more thoughts on the details).
If a UPS manufacturer (APC?) and some PSU makers got together to kickstart such a standard, I’m sure that makers of other equipment - hubs, routers, scanners, printers, DSL modems - would find it hard to resist shaving a few dollars off of their per-unit costs by leaving out the power brick.
If you’re as fed up with the tangle of wires under your desk as I am, let’s gently lean on the hardware companies to make it happen!
Do you agree that a new power standard is needed? What would it look like?