Archive: July 2015

With Windows 10, Microsoft sells you out (July 31, 2015)

Tech can empower users, or it can sell them out. And with Windows 10, you’re not the master Microsoft is interested in serving anymore

Jason recommends: “Mr. Robot” (July 30, 2015)

USA’s new cyber-drama is quickly establishing itself as the best new show of the year

Book review: “Ready Player One” (July 29, 2015)

I got the feeling reading Ready Player One that my memories were being used to sell me something that couldn’t sell itself

The cops won’t change until we start expecting them to (July 24, 2015)

That’s what we do when we make passive-voice statements like “things happen.” We’re making excuses. We’re justifying expecting less

Amazon: the screw begins to turn (July 23, 2015)

Amazon has spent twenty years now attracting shoppers with goodies like fast, free shipping. But businesses don’t give out goodies without expecting to make money off them at some point. So the screw, so motionless for so long, begins to turn.

Book review: “Swamplandia!” (July 11, 2015)

Swamplandia! is brilliant — a gorgeous fantasia that flirts with magical realism without ever letting its feet drift too far from the ground

Book review: “Telex from Cuba” (July 5, 2015)

Telex from Cuba is that rare novel with a true sense of place; it drips with atmosphere and period detail

Book review: “Old Man’s War” (July 2, 2015)

A fun, compulsively readable adventure story, but one that fails to shake free of the burdens of its genre