Category Tech

In Which I Object to a Particular Phrase

Is Netflix anti-consumer? Think about it: they let you borrow movies or TV shows, but they never let you own them. Whether through streaming or the mail, they provide content while preventing customers from amassing collections. Of course, their reputation is that of the innovator; they liberated the movie-watching public from Blockbuster’s late fees and […]

Retroactive Reaction (PT. 2)

Now that the fun is out of the way, I wish to be direct. Microsoft designed the Xbox One to be a powerful, relevant machine, and while it probably fails to meet my demands for the New Console, it looks to be a neat doohicky that doesn’t deserve its mediocre reputation. The days since the […]

Retroactive Reaction (PT. 1)

So the big reveal came and went and I think we’re all justifiably annoyed. This new console proves just how distant our corporate overlords’ concerns are from our own. It represents a dangerous new direction for games and the end of quality gaming experiences. I am, of course, talking about the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. […]

Dreaming of a Better Button Box

The hour of truth is nearly upon us. In one week, the successor to the Xbox will reveal itself to the world, and we, the thumbstick-twiddling ludics of that world, will know the shape of the much-prophesied Next Generation. The instruments of the mightiest sigils, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, shall align in orbit of the […]

Finally – Glasses for Nerds

When Dick Tracy debuted his wrist radio in 1946, no one had it because the thing had not been invented. When I first conceived of glasses that display information, I couldn’t buy such a machine because it hadn’t been invented. Once Google Glass debuts for public purchase, I will still not buy it because I […]