DDC and EDID: How Video Displays Learned How to Talk Back

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Executive Summary

Although far from being actual living organisms, personal computers have a history with revealing similarities to the fight for survival pursued by all animal species. Indeed, the rather short but frenetic development period from the late 970s to the present day exhibits many of the Darwinian traits found within any natural habitat over time: Increasing overall sophistication, long-lived successful dynasties and short-lived evolutionary dead-ends. Like internal organs of the body, every computer is built from myriad sub-components, each of which (as a species) is continually undergoing its own progression. One section that has shown increasingly rapid rates of development within the last two decades is the most visible of all: The video graphics system.

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