Ajay Bhatt, the leader behind the IBM team that gave us the USB in the mid-’90s, revealed in an interview with NPR Friday that he is well aware of the annoyances the public has with USB, or Universal Serial Bus, but there’s a reason it’s designed the way it is. "The biggest annoyance is reversibility," Bhatt told NPR. He’s got that right.
Although the rectangle design we all know was ultimately chosen and adopted by pretty much every hardware manufacturer since Apple first put USB ports into its computers in 1998, Bhatt acknowledges that there may have been a better way.
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Maybe someday it will be as ubiquitous as the original USB and the days of somehow failing twice at a 50-50 shot of plugging something in will be a thing of the past, talked about in the way we talk about VHS tapes, landlines, and existing within a livable climate.
While plugging plug a mouse, a phone, or a thumb drive into your computer, you try to stick the USB into its slot, only to find it stopping prematurely.