One of my favorite technology blunders has added another bullet point to their list of screwups. Apparently the Bluetooth folks have forced the BlueZ (Linux Bluetooth stack) folks to take down a list of hardware that works with BlueZ. I’m sure the Bluetooth folks would claim that they need to control the brand and ensure that “Bluetooth” and the Bluetooth logo are only associated with products that pass a rigorous certification process. You know, so that the consumer knows that they’re getting a high quality implementation and gauranteed compatability across manufacturers. It’s best for the community and the standard as a whole. God, it’s hard to say that with a straight face, isn’t it?
Nice thought, except that I have two devices sitting on my desk right now that both have “approved” Bluetooth implementations in their vendor supplied configurations that refuse to speak to each other. I’ve had numerous problems of quirks in connections with devices, connections that drop or degrade, devices that refuse to disassociate even though one side of the pair is gone, etc. So Bluetooth folks, your technology sucks anyway. Why not take the little bit of help you can get in terms of making a list of compatible devices and shut the fuck up?