Amazon vs. the World

Amazon vs. the World

Amazon.com sure has been taking a lot of heat lately. I’ve dumped my share of complaints on the company, too. In my April 2014 article, “How Amazon Has Changed Your Connected Home,” I asked: Did you know that Amazon pressures its suppliers to provide certain discount...
Is Your CD Collection Doomed?

Is Your CD Collection Doomed?

Do you remember the first CD you ever bought? Mine was either Paul Simon’s “Graceland” or the soundtrack to “Back to the Future.” I was 18 years old, a budding audio/videophile, and I still remember listening to those discs in a state of awe, marveling over the purity...
The Sad State of STAR WARS in the Home

The Sad State of STAR WARS in the Home

I have a very fond memory of my 16th birthday party, back in 1984, when my dad managed to get his hands on a bootleg VHS recording of Return of the Jedi—long before its official home video release. He surprised me with it so that I could host my geek friends for a...
Grant Jerkins Is Poised for Bestsellerdom

Grant Jerkins Is Poised for Bestsellerdom

It was a few years ago that I became aware of Grant Jerkins. First came the murmurs about a new trade paperback crime novel called A Very Simple Crime—a title that grabbed me firmly by the throat. Early reviews were promising; I was definitely feeling a good buzz...
The Incredible Shrinking Home Office

The Incredible Shrinking Home Office

The home office is going through a startling evolution. Home office PC sales are at their lowest numbers in their history, thanks to the rise of tablet computers and smartphones, which offer unprecedented convenience, mobility, and power. You could even say the...
The Future of Music Is Subscriptions

The Future of Music Is Subscriptions

As I discussed in my previous columns, “The Turntable as Metaphor for Digital Revolution Reluctance” and “What Happened to the Music?” I’m enduring a years-long lament about the evolution—some might say revolution—happening to the...