Planning obsolescence

Everything has a lifespan, including the products we use. I don’t have a problem with companies understanding this, and specifically designing their goods to fall within a specific number of years or uses. They have incentives to maximize profit, so in markets where they can’t rely on technical innovation to drive sales, planning obsolescence is a viable tactic. The main […]

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Yes, privacy matters, but…

This morning my sister, with whom I have an ongoing discussion around “smart device” privacy, sent me a link to Gizmodo’s “The House That Spied On Me”. As you can probably tell from the title, it’s mostly about how our connected devices collect and transmit information about us to The Cloud. Some of this is quite alarming, for e.g. Hulu […]

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Why Blu-ray is Still the Reigning King

Blu-ray Disc Logo

The DVD was unleashed on the Japanese public all the way back in 1996 and the Blu-ray format has been around for 11 years already, meaning we were absolutely due for another shakeup. That transition began with the introduction of the Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray format and the first movie releases in early 2016. A year and a half […]

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Moving to America kit list

This is my kit list for our coming move. Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US) ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Vera Control VeraPlus Yale Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt CyberPower 1000VA UPS SiliconDust HDHR Connect Denon AVR-X3300W Ubiquiti UVC-G3-5 Unifi Video Camera (5-Pack) Ubiquiti UVC-G3 Unifi Video Camera KitchenAid KSM150PSPN Artisan Series 5-Qt. […]

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Will VR and AR Kill the TV As We Know It?

There is one thing that’s constant in the world of technology: evolution. One discovery leads to another, one innovation inspires more, and technologies that were innovative just a few years ago can quickly become obsolete. At one point in time, television was a technology for the future. It has come a long way from the cathode ray tubes of the […]

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Will you buy another AnyDVD HD license?

Will you buy another AnyDVD HD license?

It was a sad day when Slysoft went away, but soon there was hope in the form of RedFox. Based on the same code, run by the same developers, it seemed too good to be true. And it sort of is because as it turns out RedFox is cutting out existing license holders. Now, I do see their point – […]

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Is YouTube paying fair?

Is YouTube paying fair?

Last week the music industry released some PR around how vinyl makes them more money than YouTube; with the intent to demonstrate that YouTube is not paying a “fair” price for their content. I will admit that this is a little late, I still think it should be said that this sort of whinging and the press mindlessly repeating it […]

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Holiday wishlist

My family always tells me that I’m impossible to shop for, and there’s definitely some truth to it. I’m quite particular, not just about what I want, but down to the specific model of a thing. So every year I make a list to make my wife happy, then watch it get ignored. While there’s definitely value in exercise, this […]

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