Friday, May 27, 2011

Bluetooth - ideal and useless

The hardware engineers did a fantastic job. The way the specifications of Bluetooth are developed, with all the different profiles to cater to every conceivable application, shows the professionalism and brilliance of the people behind Bluetooth.

The same cannot be said of the software people. Virtually every notebook PC comes with Bluetooth these days. But it is effectively useless. The dreams and aspirations of the Bluetooth creators are not, and cannot be, realized. It is a utter complete waste. The culprits are Microsoft and the driver developers of the device makers.

If some of the original goals of Bluetooh were realized, everyone would be able, among other things, :

  • To exchange files between notebooks instead of the hassle of a thumbdrive.
  • To connect to the Internet on the road through the mobile phone in the pocket, seamlessly.
  • To control a PowerPoint show, for example, with a pointer device using Bluetooth, instead of having to plug in another dongle.

I had gone through four different notebooks with Bluetooth. Every time it is always something like the following, which is the latest HP ProBook 4720s of mine:

Going to HP's driver support site merely wastes my time.  Contacting HP support wastes more time without a resolution.

Desktops are worse.  I bought a Bluetooth dongle from BlueSoleil some time ago and the driver BlueSoleil destroyed the PC.

I have yet to see a single person using Bluetooth on a PC.

Why is it so difficult to get this simple but very useful job done?