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Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing by Adam Greenfield

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images Thesis 55

The necessary standards for interoperability do not exist or are not yet widely observed.

A lack of widely observed standards in the dimensions of screw threading inhibited Charles Babbage in his quest to build the Difference Engine, the world's first computer, in the 1840s. A lack of standards in languages and operating systems kept electronic computers from communicating with each other for decades. Well into the era of the personal computer, a lack of standards kept software development balkanized. A lack of standards led to the so-called Browser Wars, which suppressed adoption of the World Wide Web straight into the early years ...

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