All will remember and probably own VHS cassettes. Most remember Beta cassettes, some Beta Max, a few Betacam & probably only commercial operators would know Betacam Pro and that last great tape gasp Betacam Pro Digital. It was an interesting story of competing manufacturers and their licensing decisions that ended up with VHS ( in many ways the inferior format) taking global predominance. Look it up if you could be arsed. The nub of it was VHS became the Generic standard globally. It was only once this was established that video hire business became viable.
A sound & vision technician works with a fairly limited suite of plugs. 6 or 7 standard connectors can connect pretty much anything to anything across manufacturers. Except for Sony. Sony in many ways set the bar of technical reliability and performance to which other manufacturers struggled to match, but they had this stupid extended jack plug that no other manufacturer used. Same diameter, but with an extra sleeve. It may seem trivial, but believe me it's a grade A Piss me off. Nokia is obviously cleverer than the Rest of the World too and uses a 2.7 mm Headphone socket. Industry standard is a satisfactory 3.5 mm plug. Arse Clowns, the pair of them. Generic is good.
The PC VS Mac competition was good for consumers on a macro level, but gentlemen would have done it without whacky Mac peripheral connectors.
There is much talk & work being conducted on a range of renewable energy sources for industrial, domestic and transport use. Great cool & excellent. Having a crack at a variety of source options is probably smarter than putting all effort into one direction*. Here diversity is good. But I was thinking about the transport element. We need to find a way to transport in bulk and deliver a safe, non polluting, low mass, lots of ergs in a can or a fluid to allow vehicle refueling. It's gotta be the same from Cairns to Carlton. Roll up at a refuelling point and take on power for the next X00 kilometers of the journey It must be Generic. Without this the transition will be strangled - possibly deliberately so by those with interests to maintain the market for fossil fuels and control of the current refuelling marketplace.
I'm proposing that deviations from certain international industrial standards be punishable by 100% import tariffs and perhaps some unpleasantness for convenient board members of the offending company.
*As a side thought - my money is on a GM Algae that can eat coal fired power station exhaust and make natural gas. This is fed back into the system resulting in remarkable efficiency gains & reduction of emissions.
This then escapes from a power plant and goes rogue, over the course of months spreading to infection sites across the globe. A new engingeered form of unicellular biological pollution. It grows fastest in the most polluted areas of the earth - following it's food source. Perhaps it's temperature sensitive, so it affects equatorial areas more. It establishes reserves in deserts so is un-eradicable and spreads covering & discolouring everything but killing trees & shrubs causing mass carbon release and landscape degradation through soil loss. This run off sediment will "fill in" harbours & estuaries exacerbating the effect of sea level rise impact on those cities adjacent to waterways. But that's because I'm an optimist.