Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

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Sony being Sony

I was looking up PDA battery capacities for tamaranth and I spotted that Sony measure battery capacity in watt hours rather than the usual amp hours (my last post has a link to the calculations that let you compare Sony camcorder batteries with the rest of the world), and I thought to myself "typical Sony; always breaking the standard."

Sony is the reason there are two types of FireWire connector (4 pin and 6 pin): they wanted a connection that didn't take power from a camera but it also means the camera won't charge. Sony is the reason there are both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW standards (they wanted to squeeze and extra 30MB onto the disc). In a way, the real surprise is that it's taken Sony so long to break the CD standard.
Tags: geek, rant, technology

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