Whose network is it, anyway? Why the end user is the loser in the DMX512 connector controversy

Now that I'm well on the wrong side of the big four-oh, I find it's the little things that can create truly big aggravation. Like having a hard disk crash days after the last backup. Like waiting in the EZ-Pass toll lane behind the guy who magically remembers, 4' from the toll booth, that he doesn't have an EZ-Pass. Like having to deal with 3-pin XLR connectors on DMX512 systems.

Now, I can hear you saying, "Really, Steve, 3-pin XLR connectors? Aren't there more important things to ge

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