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The arrival of USB has finally delivered an easy way to attach additional peripherals to a computer. No longer do we need to install a separate adapter card for use with a scanner, just simply plug it into the USB port and you're set to go. This idea makes so much sense that it even has a competitor by the name of FireWire.
Long touted as the ultra fast alternative to USB, FireWire has been promising an easy interface that could be used with hard drives and other installation frustrating peripherals. Owned by Apple, FireWire has made simply no impact on the current state of PC computers, and only a minor impact on Apple setups. Mainly used for transferring video from a FireWire capable video camera, onto the computer, it looks like USB 2.0 could simply put the nails in FireWire's coffin.
These two technologies however show that the computing industry is finally taking the initiative to produce an easier to build and use PC. Are we finally coming to the age of easy computing, where everything will become much more simple and self-maintained? If so, let us hope that it solves more problems than it creates.